Behind a three-point shooting bonanza, Jefferson's girls breezed into the finals of the Class 1 District 15 Tournament with a 55-36 win over North Harrison Wednesday night in Grant City.
The Eagles scored nearly half of their points from the three-point stripe, connecting on a season-high nine. Brooklyn Stoll (four), Sarah Kemper (three) and Ashley Chor (two) combined on the team's total.
All three were in double-figures, with Chor and Stoll each scoring 12 points and Kemper with 11.
Penetrating guard Shanna Welch led all scorers with 16 points.
North Harrison's trio of Haley Craig (12 points), Abbe Gibson (11 points) and Cooper Sawosky (11 points) combined for all but two of N. Harrison's points.
Jefferson opened up a double-digit in the second quarter and led 29-14 at the half. The Eagles extended to a 46-25 lead by the end of the third quarter.
The Eagles (20-7) square off with top-seeded Mercer (25-1) in the title game Saturday at 7 p.m.
Formerly in different districts, Jefferson has beaten Mercer in sectionals each of the past three years at Bearcat Arena. The first two of those were one-point wins. Last year, the Eagles overcame a double-digit second half deficit to win 63-52.
Mercer's lineup contains Missouri signee Sierra Michaelis. She had 33 points in their semifinal win over Cainsville and fellow all-state player Courtney Owens went for 45.
Mercer 69 Jefferson 64
Jefferson's near decade-long streak of district championships came to an end Wednesday night with a 69-64 loss to top-seeded Mercer in the semifinals of the Class 1 District 15 Tournament in Grant City.
In a rare district underdog role, Jefferson held a 21-17 lead at the end of one quarter and was up 35-33 at the half.
Mercer (22-2) grabbed the lead from Jefferson in the third quarter and held onto it in the fourth to earn a berth in tonight's final against Stanberry.
Jefferson concluded the year at 17-10. The Eagles had won districts and appeared in the playoffs every year since 2003-2004.
Last year, they reached the Class 1 quarterfinals and beat Mercer in sectionals to get there.
In a high scoring rematch, Mercer cranked out at least 16 points in every quarter, and Jefferson reached 14 in every one except the third.
The two team's combined to hit 14 three-pointers, with Mercer finishing with a 9-5 edge.
Mercer's Colton Harley and Caleb Wyatt combined for 50 points and sank three, three's a piece. Hartley had a game-high 26 and Wyatt finished with 24.
In his final game, Jefferson's Zach Jermain scored a team-high 22 points and splashed in a pair of three's.
Kyler Farnan (15 points), Blake Meyer (13 points) and Jordan McCrary (10 points) were also in double-figures.
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