Mercer County - Murray Basketball

Mercer County's Seygan Robins (right) is fouled by Murray's Alexandria Mayes (left) while dribbling down the court during the fourth quarter of a Sweet Sixteen first round game at BB&T Arena on Wednesday.

Jared MacDonald, The Ledger Independent

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.

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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.


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