Bryan Station's girls beat host Henry Clay 53-26 Tuesday night, but the Defenders didn't win over first-year coach Donna Murphy with their performance.
"I didn't see anything I liked," Murphy said. "I wasn't pleased with our defensive effort, and we didn't play team ball. I'm glad we won, but I'm not happy with how we did it."
Murphy was much happier with how Bryan Station looked in its first two games, a loss to Ryle and a victory over defending 11th Region champion Madison Central.
"Our defensive consistency was much better against those teams," she said. "We didn't have that tonight."
But the young Defenders had enough to beat even younger Henry Clay.
Serena Sandusky, a 5-foot-9 junior who has committed to Butler, is Bryan Station's only real veteran. She led the way with 17 points Tuesday night.
DeShante Clay came off the bench to get 10 points. Detierra Carpenter had seven points and Brittany Williams added six.
Henry Clay got off to a quick start, hitting five of its first six shots to lead 10-6. Five players scored for the Blue Devils — freshmen Jasmine Richmond, KiKi Joyce and Destiny Carter; sophomore Areanna Porter, and junior Mackenzie Claus.
But Henry Clay's rookie-filled lineup went ice-cold after that. The Devils missed 21 of their next 22 shots in a span that stretched into the second half.
"That's definitely our youth showing," said first-year Henry Clay coach Eric Sanford.
Bryan Station wound up outscoring the Devils 42-14 over the last three quarters. It would've been worse if the Defenders had hit more free throws (they were 10-for-23).
Henry Clay was led by senior Sydney Dunham's seven points off the bench. Carter had six points.
Both coaches know it's early December so they have almost three months to get their players ready for tournament time.
"I hope sooner or later the girls buy into the facet of team ball," Murphy said.
Sanford said, "It's back to the basics every day in practice" for his young Devils. "That's the way we'll get better."
BRYAN STATION (2-1) — Sandusky 17, Carpenter 7, McCoy 2, Crumbie 3, Stennis 2, Frazier 4, Elery 2, Clay 10, Williams 6.
HENRY CLAY (0-2) — Richmond 3, Joyce 2, Claus 4, Carter 6, Porter 4, Dunham 7.
Bryan Station 11 12 14 16—53
Henry Clay 12 1 9 4—26