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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Edwards A Helpful Addition For Mercy

Perhaps not with the same type of consistency, but Amber Bepko has replaced Rachel Roberts (now at Villanova) as Mercy's top scorer.

That was evident heading into this season. The question was, who was going to replace Bianca Simmons at point guard?

When watching Simmons (now playing for UMass-Lowell), the ball appeared to be attached to her hand with a string. She seemed to break through pressure and blow by a defender without breaking a sweat. She had a solid jumper and a knack for setting up teammates.

That's a lot to replace, but freshman Sadie Edwards has filled those shoes.

Edwards' game has a lot in common with Simmons. It was evident in Mercy's 49-47 win last night over Branford. She has tremendous ballhandling ability. The way she slices through the defense and finishes with a runner is reminiscent of Simmons. Not to mention, the fact that she makes her teammates better.

Edwards is averaging 13.1 points per game and she poured in 25 points against the Hornets in just her second varsity contest. She may the best freshman in the state right now.

And fortunately for Mercy coach Tim Kohs, Edwards is still scratching the surface when it comes to her potential.

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