January 9th, 2020



Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Jaguars defeat Lady Chargers 68-50/ photo by Ed Peak

Mercy Academy and Bullitt East have become rivals in the last several years. Last tyear the Lady Chargers beat the Jaguars three times including a 28 point whipping in the 24th District championship.

One might think unranked host Mercy would be out for a little revenge Wednesday night. Mercy left little doubt this year would be different rolling to a 68-50 win over Bullitt East.


The sixth ranked Chargers trailed only 31-30 late in the second quarter when Mercy and its defense went to work.


A 9-0 spurt to near the end of the first half gave the Jaguars a 40-30 lead. It was more of the same in the third quarter as Mercy stretched its lead to 58-38 outscoring the Chargers 16-6.


"We were just the aggressor," said senior guard Hope Sivori. "That was one of our keys. Get after loose balls. Just fly around."


Sivori led Mercy (11-4) with 24 points. Ta'Ziah Jenks added 13 points while Paige Taylor had 12 and Sidney Shepherd nine.


Sivori made eight of 17 shots from the floor which included four of eight three point baskets. When Sivori wasn't scoring she was setting up her teammates. She had four assist. Defensively, Sivori had eight deflections helping force the Charges into 20 turnovers.


"The past couple of games it's been really like.....hyper, go, go, go," said Sivori. "I just tried to keep myself calm. When I do that it keeps my team calm."


Bullitt East (11-3) had trouble with Mercy's changing defenses. The Chargers shot just 28 percent (17 of 61) from the field which included seven of 28 three point attempts.


Lexi Taylor and Caroline Scott led Bullitt East with 12 points each. Emma Egan added 11 points.


"All five players picked up the tempo (second quarter)," said Mercy coach Keith Baisch. "It was nothing we drew up out of a timeout. I think the difference of the pace of the game maybe got to Bullitt East a bit."


Baisch said he didn't use last seasons losses to Bullitt East as motivation. He just wants his team to improve and get ready for the post season.


"I don't try to get our kids too high on that stuff (revenge)," said Baisch. "They know my focus is about preparing for February and March. That's our main goal. We want to win along the way. But we want to try and keep getting better everyday."


No doubt Mercy was the better team Wednesday night.





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