Alexis Roberts toed the foul line with the game in her hands.
The sophomore guard had missed her only two free-throw attempts earlier in the game, but after collecting an offensive rebound for Farmington Hills Mercy, which was in the bonus, and getting fouled simultaneous with the game-ending buzzer in a tie game against Goodrich, Roberts had the chance to redeem herself with an untimed free throw.
On this attempt, her aim was true, and Mercy (4-1) stormed away with a 40-39 win at Goodrich (4-4) on Friday night.
“The reaction of all of us was jubilation,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “It was a nice game to win. I’m real proud of the kids and the way we dug in.”
Mercy was down four points at halftime and five to start the fourth quarter, but that’s when sophomore forward Julia Bishop took over.
Bishop, in her second year on varsity, led Mercy with 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, all of Mercy’s final-frame points until Roberts’ free throw.
“She (Bishop) only had one point at half, and then she really started demanding the ball more, getting herself in better position to shoot.” Morris said.
Bishop went 7-for-8 on free throws and hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
“At this point, we’re still trying to find our identity in terms of offense, and she’s someone we’ve identified that can help us,” Morris said. “She’s (Bishop) been shooting well, and we’d like her to shoot a little more.”
Maddie Voelker led Goodrich with 19 points.
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Detroit Loyola 64, Dearborn Divine Child 58 (OT): Dylan Hemphill scored 15, Cam Hudson had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Mark Mayberry had 10 points and 16 rebounds for Loyola (6-3, 2-0 Catholic League). Kyle Gurrey scored 19 for Divine Child (7-2, 0-1).
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Royal Oak Shrine 66, Waterford Lakes 42: A.J. Massucci scored 19 and Anthony Massucci 10 for Shrine (6-2, 3-0 Catholic Intersectional 1). Waterford Lakes is 2-7, 0-3 Catholic Intersectional 1.
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Walled Lake Northern 65, Walled Lake Central 53: Troy Lattimore had 18 points, Jack McGuire 12 and Kevyn Robertson 10 for Northern (8-0, 2-0 Lakes Valley). Lavell Narcisse and Jordan Gray scored 15 each for Central (2-6, 0-1 Lakes Valley Conference).
Warren De La Salle 71, Birmingham Brother Rice 55: Michael Sherman scored 15, Will Smythe 15 and Nick Proszak 12 for De La Salle (5-3, 1-1 Catholic League Central). John Brantley had 16 points for Brother Rice (2-5, 0-3 Catholic League Central).
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Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.