BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. >> Peddie School led for most of Saturday's Mid-Atlantic Prep League girls basketball semifinal, but it seemed like Mercersburg Academy would never go away.
The Falcons jumped out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Blue Storm continued to keep it at a close margin. They couldn't ever regain the lead, and Peddie eventually captured a 75-61 victory.
"After the first few minutes, they led pretty much the whole way," Mercersburg assistant coach David Bell said. "We were within five or six points, but in the fourth quarter, we couldn't seem to get it any closer. Then once you get down by eight or nine, you start to foul to try to stop the clock."
Peddie was decent from the line, going 9-for-15 on the night. Mercersburg was just 4 of 10.
Teal Taylor was a big offensive threat for the Blue Storm (14-6), finishing with 28 points, and Molly Taylor contributed 19. Sarah Lyman and Isiuwa Oghagbon each pulled down 10 rebounds, and Lyman added nine points. Peddie put three in double figures.
"We had our chances; we just didn't hit the big shots tonight," Bell said.
Mercersburg isn't done, though. It will face Notre Dame Academy in the PIASSA playoffs Monday.
Teal Tasker 11 2-6 28, Sarah Lyman 4 1-2 9, Molly Taylor 7 0-0 19, Isiuwa Oghagbon 2 1-2 5, Joana Santos 0 0-0 0, Megan Lafferty 0 0-0 0.
Totals — 24 4-10 61
Nieuwenhuizen 11 1-2 25, Perryman 5 0-0 10, Powers 3 1-2 8, Glazer 3 1-2 8, Fetralkus 5 2-3 16, Hill 2 4-6 8.
Totals — 29 9-15 75.
3-point goals — MA 9 (Tasker 4, Taylor 5), Ped 8 (Fetralkus 4, Niewenhuizen 2, Powers, Glazer).
LAWRENCEVILLE 77, MERCERSBURG ACADEMY 58 >> Mercersburg Academy dropped a Mid-Atlantic Prep League consolation game to Lawrenceville (N.J.).
Malik Miller had a strong game to lead the Blue Storm (3-14) with 24 points. Miles Hearon contributed nine points, and Nick Kelly and Elliot Hicks followed with eight and seven, respectively.