The Mercer County Titans have been battling sickness for the past few weeks. They showed no signs of that Friday night as they beat district opponent West Jessamine 67-49.
“Lets just say it had definitely taken its toll on our basketball team. Hopefully that lets us have other guys step up and get minutes,” said Mercer Head Coach Josh Cook.
Mercer County’s second leading scorer Will Hager may have been the most ill. Hager, who was averaging 15.2 points per game prior to Friday night’s matchup, wasn’t in the starting lineup for the Titans for the first time this season and it was a game-time decision whether or not he would even play.
That didn’t mean he didn’t leave his mark on the game.
The Titans got behind 4-2 just three minutes into the game. That is when Hager checked in for the first time.
With the leadership of the junior on the court, the Titans went on to control much of the first quarter, but West Jessamine wouldn’t let the game slip away that easily.
Mercer County led 11-10 after the first quarter.