One week after falling in the Catholic League A-B tournament semifinal, ending a four-game winning streak, Farmington Hills Mercy girls basketball ended its regular season on a high note, defeating visiting Royal Oak Shrine on Wednesday night, 44-31.
A sluggish start was a somewhat concerning for Mercy (17-3) head coach Gary Morris, but his team came out firing in the second half. Mercy led by just one at the half but outscored Shrine by 12 points in the final two quarters.
“We were a little slow to start,” Morris said. “I thought we needed to play with more energy (in the second half).”
Morris credited Alexis Roberts and Ellie Tisko, who each scored 10, with leading the spirited second-half resurgence, along with Jenna Schluter, Julia Bishop and Bella Gugas.
“(Those five) were the difference in the second half,” Morris said. “I thought we played with more energy on defense, which led to offense.”
Allison LaPoint led Shrine (14-5) with 15 points.
Riding a two-game winning streak, Mercy will have just four days to prepare for a Monday night district matchup against Birmingham Groves (17-2) which has won 14 straight games heading into a Thursday night game at Oxford.
Adjustments are necessary for Mercy before facing the top team from the OAA White, but the most important key to victory is increasing energy.
“We just need to get ready for Groves and focus on playing with more energy,” Morris said.
Mercy is looking to make another deep run in the state tournament after reaching the quarterfinals a year ago.
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Macomb Dakota 55, Utica Ford 30: Cameron Grand had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Keneddie Reese 10 points for Dakota (17-3). Heather Luttenberger led Ford (3-17) with 13 points.
New Boston Huron 55, Allen Park 34: Sophia DiMilia scored 23 and Ava DiMilia 12 for New Boston (18-2, 12-2 Downriver). Gracen Kubik had 12 points for Allen Park (11-8, 11-4).
Farmington 63, Rochester 59: Ray Bryant scored 25 and Christian Smith 20 for Farmington (11-6, 9-3 OAA White). Lamarcko Gulledge and Hunter Schattler each scored 19 for Rochester (13-4, 9-2).
Oak Park 95, Flint Beecher 52: Maliq Carr had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Davonte Edwards 14 points, Jalen Knight 12 points and Jeremiah Pettiway 11 points for Oak Park (14-2). Jalen Carey scored 20 for Beecher (11-7).
Boys basketball scores
Canton Preparatory 56, Michigan Math & Science 45
Grand Blanc 66, Westland John Glenn 61 (2OT)