The Mercer County Lady Titans basketball team shot 56.5 percent from the field Friday night, including 75 percent inside the three-point arch, as they rolled to a 90-35 win over the Wayne County Lady Cardinals.
“We always shoot a bunch in practice. It isn’t us as coaches, it is the kids because they are willing to put it in extra shots. We really encourage the good shooters to have short term memories,” said Mercer County Lady Titans Head Coach Chris Souder.
Mercer County combined great shooting with stellar defense as they forced 25 turnovers in the game, including 20 in the first-half.
“We knew that their strength was their center (Bethany Peyton) and I think they have a little trouble at the guard spot, so we really wanted to pressure their guards. We had good ball pressure so they couldn’t get it inside,” said Souder.
It didn’t take long for the Lady Titans domination to start as they quickly jumped out to a 27-10 lead after one quarter.
Freshman Seygan Robins, who finished with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds all in the first-half, took over in the second quarter as she scored 10 points to help push the lead to 54-23 at halftime.
“I was pleased with how we shared the ball and I thought we did a good job of finding the open man and making the extra pass,” said Souder.
The Lady Titans scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to push their lead to 65-23, before the Lady Cardinals finally got a basket with four minutes remaining in the quarter.
Mercer’s defense held Wayne County to only five more points the rest of the quarter as they led 73-28 heading into the fourth quarter.