Saturday, May 25, 2013
Our Lady of Mercy, Landmark split hardcourt rematch
By Jimmie Haywood
Justin Ross picked up 26 points and 10 rebounds for Landmark.
(Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)
The Our Lady of Mercy girls basketball team avenged an earlier season loss on the road to Landmark Christian by outlasting them 37-30 Saturday night on their homecourt.
Freshman Morgan Towells led the way for Mercy with a game-high 13 points while Iyanna Carlies and Deja Barthell each added eight points for the Lady Bobcats.
"We played hard," said Mercy coach Doug Crane whose team improved 8-10 overall with the win. "We lost to them last time by two and we were real disappointed. We felt like we should have won."
"We came back tonight and did a much better job on defense. It was a good overall effort by our kids," Crane added.
The Lady Bobcats started and ended the game aggressively as they won the rebounding battle, which led to an abundance of second-chance shots and free throw attempts while also forcing a plethora turnovers by the War Eagles.
Despite the loss, Jillian Price reached double figures in scoring with 10 points for Landmark while Nyambi Williams followed that up with nine points.
The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and maintained that edge in the second as they took a comfortable 22-12 lead into the half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair as Landmark came out after halftime playing inspired basketball behind Price who scored seven straight points to cut into the Lady Bobcats lead. Mercy settled back into the game and eventually reestablished a commanding lead that was capped off by a buzzer-beating jumper by Towells that gave Mercy a 33-21 lead going in the final quarter.
Despite the fourth quarter being won by Landmark, the Lady Bobcats were able to hang on for their third straight win.
The loss dropped Landmark to 7-11 overall, although its even 3-3 record in the region 5-A keeps them ahead of Mercy which has a 1-4 region mark.
The Lady Bobcats look to continue their winning ways they host Paideia on Saturday while Landmark will hope to bounce back when they host Whitewater.
In the nightcap the Landmark Christian boys basketball team pushed their winning streak to six games after thumping Our Lady of Mercy by a final score of 77-48.
Landmark's Justin Ross erupted for a game-high 26 points, with 18 coming in the second half, and 10 rebounds.
Despite the disparity in the final score, the first half was neck and neck between these two squads as Landmark led 18-14 after the first quarter before Mercy bounced back to outscore them 18-14 with 15 seconds left in the second quarter. With time running out in the quarter and the ball in Mercy's possession, Landmark's Jack Patterson came away with a steal and layup just before the buzzer to help the War Eagles take a slim 32-30 lead into halftime.
Without warning Mercy struggled in the second half as they were out scored 22-7 in the third quarter and 23-11 in the fourth quarter.
Chris Hunt (11) and Evan Hill (nine) combined for 20 points off the Bobcats bench in a losing effort.
Landmark dominated in rebounds which limited the shot attempts for a struggling Bobcats team who dropped to 2-15 on the year. The win Landmark pushed it record to 13-4 overall with a 4-2 mark in the region.
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