Kyrah Hardin scored 26 points and Carah Burdette added 17 Wednesday night as Bryan Station romped to a 60-38 victory over visiting Tates Creek.
"I think I played excellent," said Hardin, a freshman. "But I think I can do better."
In a matchup of teams that have found wins difficult to come by, Bryan Station (6-12) was in control throughout. The Defenders might be coming around, as they have three wins in their past five games.
"The kids, they're young. You never really know which way that they're going to go," Coach Shawn Ransom said. "They were ready to play tonight. They really were. They were excited before the game, and everybody came together.
"It was a good team win, a good atmosphere. I'm very proud of my bunch. Very, very proud. We're young, but we're getting there."
Point guard Zaria Elery added 11 points for the winners. Hannah Hamill topped Tates Creek (3-16) with eight points. The Lady Commodores have lost six in a row.
"It was an emotional first half with certain things that the girls did," Creek Coach Tina Winn said. "Then the second half I think they decided to play Tates Creek basketball. But you can't dig yourself in a hole. I'm really proud of them. They didn't give up. I know I don't have quitters. And it's just another game. I look at these games — the real games count in the district."
Unofficially, Tates Creek committed 28 turnovers, while Bryan Station had 17.
The Commodores did have an advantage at the free-throw line, going 11 of 23 to Bryan Station's six of 14.
The Defenders broke the game open early, scoring 23 points in a row to take a 27-2 lead midway through the second quarter.
"I didn't realize that," Ransom said. "Like I tell them, never look at the score until the very end. Unless it's a tight situation, just play. At the end of the night, if you're playing, numbers don't lie."
Hardin had 14 of the 23 straight points, including 10 in a row.
Just "feeling it," right?
"Yes, sir. But it wasn't me by myself," she said. "It was my team. They were helping me out with the passes and stuff."
Bryan Station led 31-7 at halftime and extended the margin to 32 points late in the third quarter.
The lead was 53-22 through three quarters.
Tates Creek opened the fourth quarter by scoring 12 of the first 14 points.
Bryan Station will visit Lafayette on Thursday. Tates Creek will travel to Bourbon County on Friday.
Bryan Station 60, Tates Creek 38
TATES CREEK (3-16) — Wilson 5, D. Woods 0, Hamill 8, L. Nsimpasi 6, O. Brown 2, Abdus-Salam 6, O. Woods 5, M Brown 6.
BRYAN STATION (6-12) — Hardin 26, Burdette 17, White 4, Elery 11, Hall 0, Boyd 1, Br. Williams 1
Tates Creek 2 5 15 16—38
Bryan Station 17 14 22 7—60