No. 12 Mercy 65, No. 1 Elizabethtown 53: The Jaguars took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and went on to hand the top-ranked Panthers their first in-state loss of the season in the Louisville Invitational Tournament’s quarterfinals at Bellarmine. Josie Woods and Jessica Laemmle scored 15 points apiece for Mercy. Elizabethtown star Erin Boley, a Notre Dame signee, was limited to 10 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Jada Stinson led the Panthers, whose previous two losses were to out-of-state foes, with 23 points.
No. 4 Mercer County 70, No. 6 Manual 67 (OT): Seygan Robins’ layup with 33 seconds gave the Titans the lead for good in the LIT. Robins finished with 31 points and four steals, and Lyric Houston had 18 points and eight rebounds. Jaela Johnson paced the Crimsons with 27 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
No. 5 Butler 81, Muhlenberg County 48: Fontasia Jeffries led four Bearettes in double figures with 17 points in the LIT. Janna Lewis added 13 points and 15 rebounds.
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No. 21 Henry Clay 71, No. 25 Scott County 54: The Blue Devils got 23 points from Kiya Thompson and 21 from T’laya Lyvers in a win in Georgetown. Lyvers also had nine rebounds and three steals. Sydney Southerland finished with 17 points and six rebounds for the Cards.
No. 7 Franklin County 68, Western Hills 53: Dasia Kilbourne scored 20 points, including three three-pointers, for the host Flyers.
Lafayette 67, Berea 35: Caroline Bennett went 5-for-6 from three-point range and finished with a team-high 21 points. Teammate Kiara Pankins filled up the box score with 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, six steals and four blocked shots.
No. 24 Madison Central 51, No. 7 Louisville Trinity 48: The Indians’ defense held the visiting Shamrocks to 34.7 percent from the field. Dakota Begley scored 16 ponts for Madison Central.
No. 21 Lexington Catholic 69, Tates Creek 55: Zan Payne scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added four assists in the Knights’ road win. Donovan Morris had 11 points, six assists and four steals for Catholic.
No. 1 Mercer County 85, East Jessamine 44: Dylan James scored 26 points and the Titans (23-0) had no trouble staying undefeated.
No. 3 Covington Catholic 57, Holmes 49: Cole Von-Handorf led a balanced attack with 14 points in the Colonels’ road win.
Pikeville 78, Allen Central 57: The Panthers’ Wyatt Battaile finished with a triple-double: 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.