Henry Clay's girls wasted no time asserting their superiority over district rival Bryan Station on Tuesday night.
The Blue Devils bolted to a 14-0 lead on their way to a 33-6 first-quarter lead and cruised to a 57-26 victory.
Henry Clay's experience — it returns a lot of talent from last year's 11th Region semifinal team — showed against the inexperienced Defenders.
"We've jumped out early all three games," Coach Eric Sanford said after his Devils improved to 3-0.
"I love our depth, and we can switch it up — we're athletic and we can go big, too — so we can match up with pretty much anybody."
Henry Clay overwhelmed Bryan Station in the first quarter. "We knocked down shots and shared the basketball," Sanford said. "We're very capable of getting off to that kind of fast start every game if we stay disciplined."
Kerrigan Davis, a 5-foot-7 senior, led the Devils with 11 points. Destiny Carter had 10 and T'Laya Lyvers added seven.
In Henry Clay's first two games, Lyvers had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 20 points, 11 rebounds. She didn't need to score much against the Defenders.
"T'Laya is definitely the one who makes us go," Sanford said. "When we match her intensity, we're very tough."
The Devils' intensity lagged once they got the big lead on Bryan Station. Their biggest lead was 52-16 midway through the third quarter. They managed only five points the rest of the night.
"We've got to learn to play four quarters instead of just two or three," Sanford said.
Nakeisha Green added six points and nine rebounds for the Devils. Hannah Young had eight points and eight rebounds.
Bryan Station was led by sophomore Carah Burdette's 13 points and six rebounds.
Shawn Ransom's Defenders, with very little varsity experience, couldn't recover from missing 17 of 21 shots and making 15 turnovers in the opening quarter.
They finished the game shooting 15 percent (5-for-33), and had 23 turnovers.
HENRY CLAY 57, BRYAN STATION 26
HENRY CLAY (3-0) — Davis 11, Carter 10, Lyvers 7, Lutz 2, Coney 2, Green 6, Young 8, Byars 6, Jackson 2, Joyce 1, Long 2.
Bryan Station (0-4) — Burdette 13, Hardin 6, Cortes 2, Elery 4, White 1.
Henry Clay 33 8 11 5—57
Bryan Station 6 6 4 10—26