The Lady Titans picked up their first win of the season Friday night at home against the Lady Redhounds of Corbin High School (3-3).
“This was a tough game because Corbin is very similar to us in the fact they wanted to press and play up tempo,” said Mercer Head Coach Chris Souder. “We finally pulled away in the third quarter and were able to hang on for our first win of the season.”
Mercer shot 36 percent from the field, 21 of 57, and just 11 percent from behind the arch, 6 of 26, but were 17 of 24 from the free throw line shooting 70 percent. Mercer had three players score in double figures. Heidi Huffman led the team with 20 points, Cassidy Martin was close behind with 19 points and Catheryne Claunch recorded a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and dished out five assists. Both assists and rebounds were team highs.
“Anytime you can get double figures from three players you will be hard to beat,” said Souder. “We have a long way to go to reach the level we want to be at, but we did show some good signs in this game.”
Following Friday night’s game, Mercer traveled to Louisville to take on the Lady Chargers of Bullitt East (3-1) at DuPont Manual High School in the Run-n-Shoot Classic.
Mercer fell behind early in the game, but showed they were never out of it fighting back in the fourth quarter to within two possessions of the Lady Chargers, but were unable to complete the comeback falling, 87-81.
“Bullitt East was a very physical team and we simply dug too big of a hole to climb out of,” said Souder. “We have lots of areas that need work, but the only way to get that is through game experience. We will work to get better and like I have said before, we will be a dangerous team in March.”
Mercer was led in scoring by senior Cassidy Martin who set a school record with 40 points. The Lady Titans also got a significant contribution from their underclassman as well with 8th grader Lyric Houstin pulling down seven rebounds.