2019 KHSAA Girls’ Sweet 16® State Basketball Tournament
Mercy Academy ((16-14) vs. George Rogers Clark (24-10) Game 3
March 13, 2019
Mercy Academy coach Keith Baisch started the following lineup: 6-1 Jr. Ta’Ziah Jenks, 5-7 Sr. Jalyn Shorter, 6-0 Jr. Paige Taylor, 5-5 Jr. Hope Sivori, and 5-8 Sr. Regan Berger. George Rogers Clark coach Robbie Graham countered with 5-10 Fr. Tyra Flowers, 5-9 Sr. Jasmine Flowers, 5-10 Sr. Maleaha Bell, 5-7 Jr. Kennedy Igo, and 5-10 Sr. Hayley Harrison.
George Rogers Clark eked out a 65-64 victory over Mercy Academy in a game that had more plot twists and turns than a good mystery novel. Mercy Academy took a 27-21 halftime lead and Hayley Harrison had zero points at halftime for GRC. George Rogers Clark outscored Mercy Academy 25-14 in the third quarter to take a 46-41 lead after three quarters. GRC took a seven point lead midway though the final quarter but their primary ball handler Kennedy Igo fouled out with 3:08 remaining in the game allowing Mercy to get back in the game. Mercy Academy had a last second chance for the win but Hope Sivori’s shot missed allowing the Cardinals to escape with the victory. The score was tied five times and there were two lead changes in the game.
George Rogers Clark shot 38.15 from the field including six of 25 from the three point line. The Lady Cardinals connected on 11 of 14 free throws, pulled down 44 rebounds, and scored 25 points off 17 Mercy Academy turnovers. Mercy Academy shot 41.2% from the field including 11 of 24 from beyond the arc. The Jaguars connected on 11 of 15 free throws, pulled down 28 rebounds, and scored 24 points off 18 GRC turnovers.
Kennedy Igo led GRC with 14 points including four of four free throws. 5-10 8th Grade Brianna Byars added 12 points and six rebounds. 5-7 Jr. Shelbi Wilson recorded 12 points. Hayley Harrison added nine points on three key three point bombs and pulled down eight rebounds. Maleaha Bell chipped in with seven point, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Jasmine Flowers recorded six points, six rebounds, and three assists. Tyra Flowers added five points, five rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
The blonde bomber Hope Sivori led Mercy Academy with 29 points including six of nine from the three point line, seven of eight free throws, and six assists. Regan Berger added 14 points including four three point baskets, five rebounds, and two assists. Ta’Ziah Jenks recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
George Rogers Clark,13,8,25,19,65
Mercy Academy (64) – Jenks 12, Shorter 3, Taylor 4, Sivori 29, Berger 14, Shephard 2.
George Rogers Clark (65) – T. Flowers 5, J. Flowers 6, Bell 7, Igo 14, Harrison 9, Wilson 12, Byars 12.
A special thanks to WL Stats and the KHSAA for providing the comprehensive statistics for this event.