December 13th, 2019

Mercy falls to Elizabethtown in home opener

Dalton Pence 

Staff Writer 

Mercy falls to Elizabethtown in home opener
Mercy loses home opener / photo by Dalton Pence

In a primetime girls’ basketball matchup, Elizabethtown defeated Mercy 73-64, spoiling the Jaguars home opener on Thursday evening. 


“I thought where we shot ourselves in the foot was on the offensive side by taking quick shots and missing open layups”, Mercy head coach Keith Baisch explained. “We executed plays well, but you have to finish.”


Things started slowly with missed shots and turnovers, but Paige Taylor hit two three-pointers and added another bucket to kickstart the Mercy offense in the first quarter. 


The Jaguars are driven by a talented senior class, but they also utilize the play of a duo of freshmen. Amy Thompson and Emma Barnett both made plays that finally put Mercy over the top late in the first half, but Whitney Hay drained a triple at the buzzer to keep the Lady Panthers ahead. 


“They’re still freshmen, but they’re going to continue to grow and get better”, Baisch explained. “With the potential that they have, the sky is the limit.”


Unfortunately for the Jaguars, Etown did not give away the lead for the rest of the game, despite a few attempts to make things level. 


“We came out slow in the second half”, Baisch said. “We just got down and when you get down on a good team, it’s tough to come back.”


Five Lady Panthers scored in double figures; Kayra Freeman led with 20 points, Sydney Clark had 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Hay and Ellie Taylor both added 13 points apiece. Etown moves to 3-0 on the season and will travel to Barren County on Saturday.


“They’re (Etown) talented, they have a very quick point guard (Freeman) that can make things happen and break things down”, Baisch said. “But I was really proud of our defense; I thought it was really good tonight.”


Despite the loss, Baisch found some positives in his team’s performance.


“I was proud of them in terms of our hustle and effort”, he explained. “I thought we scrapped and played hard. We definitely gave up too many offensive rebounds.”


Mercy drops to 2-2 and will travel to Assumption for a rivalry matchup with the Rockets on Sunday at 7:00 PM.


Hope Sivori led all Jaguars with 20 points, but was questionable coming into tonight’s game. 


“We definitely didn’t know if she was going to play tonight (illness)”, Baisch said. “The kid is a player and a fighter. I’d go into any game and want her as my point guard. The energy and effort you get with her, you can’t ask for much more.”


TaZiah Jenks had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Taylor and Barnett added 13 and 11 points, respectively. 


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