Mercy shows none in 67-39 win over East

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By Mike Farner

    LOUISVILLE - The Bullitt East Lady Chargers have shown a great deal of improvement this season and have become a player in the newly revamped Sixth Region.
    Unfortunately, on Tuesday, the Lady Chargers learned that they still need to make a lot more improvement to compete with the new Queen of the Block in the region - Mercy.
    The 2010 state champions and the fourth-ranked team in the state this season, the Jaguars hit six three-pointers in the first half as they built a 38-16 lead and then coasted to a 67-39 victory in what is now a game within the 24th District.
    Mercy moved to 2-0 in district play with a game remaining with Fern Creek. Bullitt East is now 1-1 in the district and also still has a game remaining with Fern Creek.
    While the two schools are now in the same district, this was believed to be the first 'regular' regular season game ever between the two schools. Bullitt East did beat Mercy two years ago in a 'showcase' event at the University of Louisville.
    Bullitt East only trailed 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, but then the sky collapsed in the second frame was the Jaguars went on a 23-5 run that broke the game open.
    "I thought things went OK for eight minutes. The first eight minutes were competitive," Bullitt East head coach Chris Stallings said after the game. "the second quarter is really what got us. We had some turnovers and they converted really well with the turnovers."
    Bullitt East's first job on Tuesday was to try and contain Mercy junior Whitney Hartlage. The Lady Chargers did a fair job of doing that, but when they did that left fellow junior Kayla Richardson open and she burned the red and gold for 22 points in the first half including five three-pointers. Richardson finished with 24 points in the game.
    "Richardson really hurt us," Stallings said. "If they have a kid who can shoot it and who we didn't want to hurt us, it was Hartlage and we did a pretty good job on her. Then Richardson hit the big shots. She had a big night."
    Mercy (15-3), which had beaten top-ranked Manual the week before, also got 13 points from Christina Roush and 12 points from Hartlage.
    The Lady Chargers (9-10) had 11 different players score, but none had more than the eight points that senior Nikole Isabel posted.
    Bullitt East returned to Mercy on Saturday to play in the Raatz Fence/O'Shea's Classic and the Lady Chargers will not play again until Wednesday when they take on Assumption in the first round of the Girls' Louisville Invitational Tournament. That game, against former Bullitt East head coach Steve Small, will be at 8 p.m. at Bellarmiine University Knight's Hall.
Tuesday at Mercy
    BULLITT EAST 39 (11-5-9-14)
Emily Fryman 2, Taylor Blair 3, Courtney Pfister 2, Lindsay Duvall 5, Ashley Duvall 3, Nikole Isabel 8, Rachel Broughton 2, Taylor Blain 5, Kylee Willis 4, Taylor Williamson 1, Mackenzie Bass 4.
    MERCY 67 (15-23-17-12) Hartlage 12, Courtney Roush 2, Bewly 4, Christina Roush 13, Parr 1, Richardson 24, Dickson 1, Martin 6, Stilger 2, Keek 2.