March 2nd, 2021

Mercy Advances in the LIT


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Mercy Advances in the LIT
photo by Ed Peak

 This has been a roller coaster type of season for Mercy. Adjusting to a new head coach and playing a tough schedule has been difficult.  But the Jaguars are turning the corner. The proof a 73-30 victory over visiting Presentation in an opening round Louisville Invitational Tournament game, Tuesday.

Mercy (10-10) never let Pres relax. Employing a full court zone press Mercy led all the way. The Jaguars led 20-4 after the first quarter and 37-12 at halfime. The second half was more of the same as a running clock was employed late in the third quarter. "I think we're playing better because we are maturing," said Mercy coach George Washington. "I start a group of freshman and sophomores. They've learned on the job and all the bumps and bruises are paying off."

Pres (5-10) made only three of 18 shots from the field in the first half and turned the ball over 11 times, 20 for the game.

"When it fell apart, it fell apart in a hurry," said Pres coach David Jackson. "We turned the ball over three or four times in a row and then they started hitting threes. We just couldn't handle their pressure."

Mercy was led by reserve Kylie Price with 13 points including three three point baskets. Pace Rickard added 12 while Mary Smith and Emma Barnett added nine each. The Jaguars played 12 different players, 10 scored.

"I think that Pace always plays well," said Washington. "The speed at which she plays and her ability to get the ball to her teammates allows them to be freed up and do their thing offensively."

Mercy made 16 of 31 first half shots from the floor and 31 of 59 for the game, 52 percent which included eight threes. The Jags turned the ball only seven times. 

Pres was seven of 34 for the game for 20 percent. Payton Nauert led the Toppers with 15 points with four threes.

"We picked it up energy wise," said Washington. "I'm not a big zone guy but I was impressed with them. We've been working on that the last couple of days. We have a lot of size and length."

Just ask Presentation.
Mercy advances to play at Christian Academy (15-6) Thursday. It will be the third game between teams with Centurions winning 57-39 and 62-55.

Retiring Athletics Director Mark Evans and a former head basketball coach was named Sixth Region Athletics Director of the Year.  


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