The North Mercer girl's basketball team gave the Nodaway-Holt Lady Trojans their first loss of the season, winning 62-48 on Tuesday night at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, in a Class 1 sectional broadcast on KTTN FM 92.3 and www.kttn.com.
The Lady Cardinals freshman trio of Nicole Kost, Bailey Owens, and Lindsay Wyatt combined to score 55 of Mercer's points, as the Lady Cardinals moved to 27-1 on the season, and ended the campaign for the #1 ranked Lady Trojans at 26-1. Megan Rosenbaum had 33 points to lead Nodaway-Holt.
Mercer dominated the first half, taking a 31-15 lead to the locker room. N-H made an early surge at Mercer early in the third quarter, cutting the lead to as close as eight points, but the Lady Cardinals responded with a finishing kick that kept the lead between nine and 14 points down the stretch.
At Liberty North High School, North Andrew rallied from a 21 point first half deficit, tied Orrick with a buzzer-beating "3" at the regulation horn, and defeated the Lady Bearcats by a score of 65-59. That result will bring a rematch to Grace Gymnasium at Bishop LeBlond High School (St. Joseph) on Saturday, with Mercer and North Andrew meeting in the Class 1 state quarterfinals at 1 o'clock. Pre-game will hit the air at 12:40 on KTTN FM 92.3 and www.kttn.com, with Dennis Stephenson handling the play-by-play duties.