The Henry Clay Blue Devils held onto their #3 ranking in the state of Kentucky and were crowned district champions, as they cruised to an 85-77 victory over rival Scott County on February 25. The Blue Devils didn't just sweep the tournament, they also notched their first victory over the Cards this season.
It was a tight game with 3:50 remaining in the second quarter when the Blue Devils lead 33-31. But that's when the drive to victory began, and Henry Clay was up 51-40 at halftime. In their semifinal match against Bryan Station, the Blue Devils started the game down 8-0, but were ahead 16-14 at the end of the first quarter. They were never behind for the rest of the game, going up 30 points on Bryan Station in the second half. Against Bryan Station and in the finals against Scott County, Coach Daniel Brown was able to get his entire bench into the game before the final buzzer.
The Henry Clay Blue Devils have been training, practicing, playing, and winning with Hydrus as their performance drink this season. “We are the fresher teams that are in the games. And we’re not having any cramps throughout the season,” says Coach Brown of the difference Hydrus has made for the Blue Devils’ performance on the court.
Off the court, Coach Brown’s experience has been the same: “The recovery period is unbelievable – hardly any soreness because we’re continuing to lift weights during the season.” The Blue Devils have been able to train at a higher level because Hyrdus provides them with superior hydration. “So for a basketball player to play three games, lift one day – we’re getting the recovery we wanted,” according to Coach Brown, who continues, “If you talk to our players, I think you’ll see a difference.”
Jared Peck of the Lexington Herlad-Leader did just that, quoting senior Isaiah Tisdale after his 28-point game, “Once we got on that run, they [Bryan Station] just broke down and…we just kept attacking.” The Blue Devils shot 59% in the second half, making 16 of 27. In the finals against Scott County, Tisdale scored 33 points. In both games, Tisdale wasn’t the only Henry Clay player scoring double-digits, as fellow senior Leander Ridgeway picked up 19 points in the semifinals and 31 in the finals. Against Bryan Station, nine Blue Devils scored in the game, including Price, Houston, Jones, Simpson, J. Mitchell, Green, and K. Mitchell. In the championship game against Scott County, Price, Brown, Houston, Jones, and J. Mitchell also scored.
Coach Brown says of his and the Blue Devils’ experience with Hydrus this season, “At the start, you didn’t know how this product was going to be. Now I’m a true believer in this product.”