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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mercy Struggles In Massachusetts

Mercy dropped its first two games of the season at the Cardinal Spellman Holiday Tournament in Brockton, Mass, Monday and Tuesday.

While Tigers coach Tim Kohs said his girls played hard and are still capable of beating anyone on their schedule, Mercy's weakness was exploited. If the Tigers aren't shooting well from the perimeter, they are going to struggle. After opening the season with six straight wins - scoring over 60 points in all but one - the Tigers were anemic from the floor when they played in Massachusetts.

Mercy lacks a post presence, so that's why it needs to score from the perimeter. The Tigers' two tallest players are 5-foot-8 Amber Bepko and 5-foot-9 Sadie Edwards, essentially their backcourt.

But on the bright side for Mercy, the losses came to a pair of quality teams in Coyle & Cassidy (59-50) and Holy Name (51-42).

"They learned from it," said Kohs of the experience. "It gave us a reality check."

Also Bepko and Edwards are a very talented one-two punch and bad shooting nights will likely be at a premium for them this season.

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