LOUISVILLE - The Mercer County reached the semifinals of the Louisville Invitational before falling 73-57 to No. 5 Christian County on Saturday morning.
Mercer (15-6) defeated Mercy 76-71 in a Friday night quarterfinal, arriving home at about 1 a.m. and getting little rest before an 11:30 a.m. tipoff Saturday against Christian.
"We were playing probably the most athletic team in the state, and we just hit the wall," Mercer coach Chris Souder said. "We lost our legs in the second quarter. The last three minutes of the second quarter, they just went on a tear."
Christian (19-2) outscored the Lady Scotties 29-11 in the second quarter to take a 42-23 halftime lead.
Mercer cut the margin to single digits in the second half, but Souder said Christian answered every run to secure its fourth victory over the Lady Scotties in the last two seasons.