"When we shoot the ball like that, we're a pretty good basketball team," Souder said. "It was a good opening game for us, because we felt like Somerset is one of the top four or five teams in the region."
Erica Lee had 14 points and eight of Mercer's 30 rebounds, and Ashford had 12 points and six boards. Chelsea Goodman added 11 points, and Chrystal Claunch had seven assists.
SOMERSET (0-1) - Flowers 13, Ray 7, Kimberl 10, Cowan 20, Gomez 7, Stevenson 1, Clay 4.
MERCER (1-0) - Chrystal Claunch 6, Chelsea Goodman 11, Erin Ashford 12, Sabrina Manning 26, Jillian Horn 4, Lindsey Alford 2, Erica Lee 14, Brittany Kendrick 3, Lauren Crowell 2, Tara Camden 6.
North Laurel 64, Lincoln County 51 - At London, Lincoln (1-3) rallied from an early deficit to catch North Laurel (2-1) in the third quarter before losing.
The Patriots trailed 12-2 in the early going, but they cut their deficit to six points by the end of the first quarter and caught North Laurel early in the third, tying the score at 31-all. But they were outscored 17-7 over the rest of that period and were unable to recover.
Lincoln shot just 30.9 percent (17-for-55) from the field and was outrebounded 29-26. North Laurel, which led by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter, shot 56.9 percent (29-for-51).
The Jaguars were 2-for-6 at the free-throw line; Lincoln was 10-for-14.
Jenny Ralston led Lincoln with 17 points and two steals.
Shawna Noakes had eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two assists, and Kendra Garris had eight rebounds and two assists.
Sarah Hughes led North Laurel with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
LINCOLN (1-3) - Jenny Ralston 17, Andie Martin 2, Megan Pitts 9, Shawna Noakes 8, Amber Statham 4, Shakela Miller 6, Kendra Garris 3, Jessica Ryan 2.
NORTH LAUREL (2-1) - Sarah Hughes 22, Allie Ray 6, Heather Helton 6, Haley Hensley 10, Casey Karr 8, Cala Bargo 2, Catie Jackson 8, McKenzie Pritchard 2.
Lexington Christian 64, Burgin 30 - At Lexington, Burgin (3-1) followed its 3-0 run through last week's Bluegrass Conference Tournament with its first loss in a lackluster performance against Lexington Christian (2-0).
The Bulldogs committed 27 turnovers, and they got only 17 rebounds and 22 field-goal attempts. They hung on through the first quarter but fell far behind in the second, when LCA outscored them 18-6 to take a 35-17 lead.
"We just absolutely went to pieces after the first quarter," Burgin coach Keith Monson said. "We did not box out, and they just beat us to death on the boards."
Burgin shot 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from the field and was 9-for-18 at the line. Taylor Bottoms led the way with 13 points.
BURGIN (3-1) - Bev Harris 2, Andrea Warner 3, Taylor Bottoms 13, Stephanie Stewart 5, Ericka Waggener 7.
LCA (2-0) - Johnson 7, Yates 3, Anderson 8, Barnhart 11, Lynch 2, Britton 7, Jones 4, London 12, Wilson 2, Hanson 4, Ledbetter 2, Thornton 2.