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One more step: Titans beat Murray for first state title appearance

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Mercer County has arrived.

The Titans beat Murray 67-60 in the KHSAA state tournament semifinals on Saturday to advance to the state championship for the first time in school history.

Murray opened the game on a 7-0 run, but Mercer rallied to take a 13-12 lead after one quarter. After the first quarter, Mercer never trailed. By halftime, Mercer led 36-29.

It was the Titans’ prolific three-point shooting that boosted them in the second quarter, knocking down 7-of-15 threes in the first half.

They were also 11-of-13 from the foul line, a trend that would continue into the second half.

Murray rallied to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Mercer — led by Seygan Robins — showed its poise down the stretch, hitting 16-of-20 free throws in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Emmy Souder put up 19 points to lead Mercer. Robins had 16 points, going 13-for-17 from the foul line.

Emma Davis scored 15 points and was 3-for-5 from deep.

Mercer County will play the winner of Franklin County and Holmes in the state championship Sunday at 2 p.m.