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South Shore presents challenge to Mercer hoops

December 24, 2019 by Brett LaBore

The Mercer basketball teams had a hard time finding success in their latest conference road trip.

The Tigers played a double-header at South Shore. The girls lost 69-45.

The boys also took a loss by a score of 81-64.


The first quarter of the game saw a close game between both teams. It was tied eight minutes into the game and then the Tigers committed a number of turnovers.

“We just had some really bad passes and unforced errors that allowed them to get a 10 point lead,” coach Vic Saeger said. 

Eventually South Shore took a 10-point lead, figuring out the Tigers’ press and using it to their advantage. 

“Our press was not very effective. They’re a good team,” Saeger said.

South Shore led 40-22 at the break. 

In the second half, South Shore’s lead continued to grow where they went up by 20 points. The Tigers couldn’t find a rhythm and found it hard to catch back up.

“The whole second half there was a stretch there we couldn’t make a basket,” Saeger said. “(There were some) really bad turnovers that let (South Shore) get that gap.”

One Tiger who had a good game was Ava Barton. She finished with a team high 15 points, including two 3-pointers.

“(She’s been) really solid all year, had a really nice game,” Saeger said.

Ella Torkelson had a good game as well. She scored 12 points, made all of her free throws and sunk two 3-pointers.

“Ella Torkelson had her best game of the year, couple key threes and shot really well from the line,” Saeger said.

Zoe Botes also scored in double figures, scoring 14 points.

“Zoe played a really good game offensively,” Saeger said.

Their next game came against Three Lakes on Friday, Dec. 20. Coverage of that will be in the Dec. 27 edition of The Times

“Three Lakes is very athletic as South Shore and that’s going to be a tough game for us,” Saeger said. 

Then they play Tuesday, Jan. 7 at home against Butternut starting approximately at 7 p.m.


The boys had trouble stopping three players from South Shore. Carter Lulich, Jake Winge and Doug Hipsher scored at least 22 points each.

But the Tigers kept pace in the first half. Kobe Hiller scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half and Jordan Ahlborn scored nine of his 13 points in the first half.

“Two nights in a row we had guys shootings threes,” coach Adam Miller said. “I thought we played pretty good defense.”

South Shore held a slim 35-33 at the half.

In the second half, South Shore exploded for 46 points, led by their three top-scoring players on the night. The Tigers weren’t able to keep up offensively. One player who did have a good second half was Baylie Huybrecht. He scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half.

Davin Peterson scored 15 points in his first game of the season.

“Baylie, Kobe and Davin and Jordan all had double digits,” Miller said. “You can’t get better than that.”

Their next game came against Three Lakes on Friday, Dec. 20. Coverage of that will be in the Dec. 27 edition of The Times

Then they play Friday, Jan. 3 at Phelps starting at 6 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected].

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