Golden Eagles hoping for regional upset on Rockridge's floor


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Posted Online: Feb. 03, 2013, 6:49 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
In its previous meeting with the Rockridge girls' basketball team, the Mercer County Golden Eagles came out on the short end of a 57-25, late-January decision.

Now, the sixth-seeded Eagles (9-20) hope to return the favor with an upset as they prepare for tonight's Class 2A Rockridge Regional rematch at 8 with the third-seeded Rockets (11-16).

"We didn't have (junior forward Kristin) Heath in that game, and having her back will definitely make a difference,'' said Mercer County coach Steve Moseley, who gets 7.5 points and seven rebounds per game from the 5-foot-10 Heath. "She gets every team's toughest post player, and does a good job against them.''

Led by junior guard Michaela Baker's 10.5 points per game, Mercer County also knows it needs to cut down on its mistakes if it wants to move on to a semifinal showdown with top-seeded Sherrard (24-3).

"We need to eliminate unforced errors,'' said Moseley. "We made a lot of mistakes that night (against Rockridge). It's going to be a tough enough game; we've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot.''

Rockridge coach Shawn Strachan is enjoying the fact that, for the first time in his 10 years at the helm, he will get to guide his Rockets into a regional contest on their home court.

"We're looking forward to that, if nothing else,'' said Strachan. "I really think this regional is up for grabs among all six teams; it can be anybody's ballgame on any given night. Any team here can put two or three decent games together, play decent basketball and walk out of here with a regional title.''

Balanced scoring led by the duo of senior forwards Miranda Potter (nine points, seven rebounds) and Destiny Grawe (eight points, nine boards, six steals) has been the hallmark of this year's Rockridge team, which recently upended Sherrard 59-56 on its home court.

"It's been a nice year as far as distributing the ball, and everybody contributing,'' said Strachan. "I think right now, we're exactly where we want to be.''


















 



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