In a tough physical battle Sacred Heart defeated Mercy 62-45 on Sunday night.
“ I told the girls at the huddle one time that this is what we play for. To be in an environment like this against a quality team like Mercy with such a great crowd,” said Sacred Heart Head Coach, Donna Moir, “ I told the girls this is what we play for let’s embrace it because this is what we practice for everyday, so it’s been fun.”
The Valkyries started out on an 8-0 run with six of the eight points coming from Kristen Clemons. The Jaguars pulled with in one with a putback from Alexa Breedlove. Sacred Heart’s lone senior Ashlee Harris would close out the first quarter with a three to put the Valkyries up 15-11.
Mercy pulled it together in the second quarter going ahead as much as five with a layup by Paige Taylor giving Mercy a 25-20 lead with 1:29 left till half. The Valkyries’ Destinee Marshall’s layup closed out the half giving them the 27-25 lead.
For the first two minutes of the third quarter the Jaguars and the Valkyries traded buckets. Sacred Heart went on a 9-0 run that was capped off with a basket by Josie Gilvin, for a 42-30 lead. Hope Sivori’s layup helped the Jaguars pull within seven, but that’s as close as Mercy would get for the remainder of the game as Sacred Heart would come away with a 62-45 win.
The Jaguars shot a total of 25.9% (14/54) from the floor with the Valkyries shooting 49% (25/51).
The Jaguars were lead by Taziah Jenks with 18 points and 8 rebounds. The Valkyries were led by Marshall with 14 points and 2 rebounds and Clemons who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.
“I think when we went on that run were we got it up to 10, where Ashlee hit a shot, then Destinee hit a shot, and then we hit a lay up is when it set in,” said Moir. “Their three court press kind of gave us a lot of trouble. At half time we made a couple of adjustments to attack it and we were able to build on that lead.”
The Jaguars will be back in action on Thursday as they will take on Christian Academy (18-9) at home at 7:30 for their last regular season home game.
The Valkyries will be back in action on Wednesday as they will travel to Scott (20-9) and their last regular season home game will be Friday when they host Bullitt East (19-8).