HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - The defending state champions left no doubt who the best team in the state was Sunday and has been for the last two years.
Mercer County throttled Mercy, 74-34 in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 Championship at Northern Kentucky University's BB&T Arena.
The Lady Titans shot out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and never looked back against a Jaguars team that had averaged 85.3 points a game in their first three games at the Sweet 16.
Things became even more lopsided as Mercer took a 52-14 lead into the half while shooting 66 percent from the field and knocking down 12 3-pointers. Eleven different Lady Titan players entered the scoring column as they were led by Lexy Lake and Emma Davis with 17 points apiece. Emmy Souder added 15 to go with a team high nine rebounds.
The win gives Mercer County back-to-back state titles, becoming the first to do so since Lexington Catholic in 2005-06.
Mercy was led by Taziah Jenks' nine points as they never could get things going offensively, shooting 30 percent from the field and committing 16 turnovers.
The Jaguars will be expected to get back to the state tournament, losing just one senior off this year's roster.
For Mercer County, it's been a three-year run in which they made three straight state tournaments, compiled a 98-15 record and have two state trophies to show for it.
Mercer's starting five is all committed to play in college, Seygan Robins (Louisville), Emmy Souder (NKU), Emma Davis (Tennessee-Martin) and Faith and Lexy Lake (Campbellsville). All five are seniors.