The East Jessamine Lady Jaguars controlled the game for 30 minutes Friday night as they hosted the eighth-ranked Mercer County Lady Titans. However, they couldn’t control the most important part of the game, the final two minutes.
The Lady Titans trailed 58-54 with two minutes left in the game, but ended with a 6-0 run to win 60-58 and secure the number one seed in the 46th District tournament.
Mercer County trailed at the end of each of the first three quarters, including a six point deficit as they headed into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter is when Mercer County senior Catheryne Claunch and freshman Seygan Robins took over for the Lady Titans.
The pair combined for 12 of Mercer’s 18 fourth quarter points.
“Catheryne plays really smart. We know we can put the ball in her hands. She did great driving to the basket and leading us late in the game,” said Mercer County assistant coach Hayley Spivey. “As a point guard it is Seygan’s job to be a leader on the floor. She did a great job understanding that tonight.”
Mercer trailed 15-11 after one quarter and 27-26 at halftime. Things got even worse for the Lady Titans in the third quarter as East Jessamine senior Sarah Rainwater dominated.
Rainwater scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the quarter to help push East Jessamines lead to 48-42 heading into the fourth quarter.