Mercy brings Mawrtians back to earth in balanced 44-40 win Ford shut down late in 1st Bryn Mawr loss

January 04, 1992|By Kevin Eck

Mercy showed that it does not live by Stephanie Rohe alone.

Rohe scored a game-high 27 points, but contributions from some of Mercy's lesser-known players also helped the 14th-ranked Sharpshooters deal No. 9 Bryn Mawr its first loss, 44-40, yesterday in overtime.

Rohe, an All-Metro senior guard, scored nine of Mercy's last 13 points, including all of her team's points in overtime by converting both ends of two one-and-ones. Her last two free throws with 8 seconds left sealed the win.

But Mercy (8-3) may not have made it into overtime had it not been for Rohe's sister, Christa, among others.

In a 30-second span late in the fourth quarter, Christa Rohe (six points) had missed two free throws and had two shots blocked, but she redeemed herself by making a short jumper with 21 seconds left in regulation to give the Sharpshooters a 40-38 lead.

"It's always frustrating to have your shot blocked, but I knew I couldn't stop shooting," Christa said. "I knew I could overcome it."

pTC Although her name does not appear in the box score, Jenni Hershberger also made a significant contribution for the Sharpshooters.

Put on All-Metro guard Kisha Ford (18 points, 11 rebounds) with three minutes remaining in regulation, Hershberger held her scoreless the rest of the way, coming up with two steals and forcing Ford into a turnover.

"I didn't want to play man-to-man because I didn't think I had anybody quick enough to keep up with Kisha," Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said. "But I think Hershberger threw Kisha off her game a little. It did the trick."

The Mawrtians (6-1) seemed to be in control after a 14-2 run gave them a 38-31 lead with 3:52 remaining. But Bryn Mawr turned the ball over five times before the end of regulation as Mercy scored nine unanswered points and seized a two-point lead.

Bryn Mawr's Angela Marks sent the game into overtime when she grabbed the rebound off of Ford's missed shot and put it in with 1 second left.

In overtime, the Mawrtians turned the ball over five more times and were 0-for-4 from the field.

"They just let down, and you can't do that," Bryn Mawr coach Pat Becker said. "They just stopped playing before the clock went off. Mercy did a good job."

Mercy, which is 2-3 against teams ranked in The Baltimore Sun top 20, was coming off a somewhat disappointing performance in the Noel Classic last weekend, where it lost to No. 6 Broadneck by 19 and struggled to defeat Archbishop Spalding.

"Sometimes we have a problem getting motivated," Marion said. "The motivation [today] was playing against Kisha, and playing against a team that was undefeated and ranked ahead of us."

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