Mercy uses suffocating defense to end Western's magical season, grab regional crown WITH PHOTO GALLERY

FARMINGTON HILLS >> It’s a trap, but it’s all too easy to fall into — and team after team does it.

Farmington Hills Mercy is a stout defensive team, no matter what style it’s playing, but the half-court trap has been the defense that has propelled the Marlins to the Class A quarterfinals, helping them completely stifle Walled Lake Western, 35-14, in Thursday’s regional finals.

No. 10 Hartland couldn’t figure it out in the regional semis, nor could Western — which scored just four second-half points, and was outscored 20-4 from mid-second quarter on.

Mercy's strong defensive effort has Marlins back in the quarterfinals

Farmington Hills – It took Jackie Bauer over 11 minutes to find her shooting touch.

It took Farmington Hills Mercy three quarters to close out Walled Lake Western.

Bauer’s two 3-pointers during a two-minute stretch of the second quarter keyed an 8-0 run and Mercy held Wester to four points in the second half and defeated the Warriors 35-14 in a Class A region final at North Farmington on Thursday.

Mercy (22-3), making its first quarterfinal appearance since 2014, will play defending state champion Warren Cousino on Tuesday at Southfield for the Arts and Technology at 7 p.m.

Cousino (23-2), ranked No. 2, outlasted Birmingham Marian, Mercy’s Catholic League Central Division rival, 41-39, in overtime on Thursday.

Mercy dancers tap their way to '42nd Street'

When you've got nearly 50 kids who either already know how to dance or are willing to learn, you might as well put them to good use.

That seems to be the philosophy they're using at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, where the school's drama club is preparing for its production of the Broadway icon, "42nd Street." The production hits the Mercy stage March 10-12.

Director Kathy Sill said the group was looking for a great dance play.

"We wanted a big dance show, and '42nd Street' has amazing tap numbers," Sill said. "It features a number of girls, which we're always looking for. So it's a win-win."

Hot-shooting Bauer helps Mercy rally to beat No. 10-ranked Hartland WITH PHOTO GALLERY

FARMINGTON HILLS >> Jackie Bauer’s sisters brought a handwritten sign to a Farmington Hills Mercy home game in the last few weeks, with the message “Our sister is better than we were.”

Hartland would certainly not disagree with that sentiment.

Bauer exploded for 11 points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s Class A regional semifinal at North Farmington High, as the Marlins rallied from eight points down to beat the No. 10-ranked Eagles, 47-42.

“When you’re a senior, you never know when it’s your last game, so you’ve gotta come out really hard, give it your all, no matter the outcome,” said Bauer, who finished with 20 points, three quarters of those on 3-pointers.

Marlins' Bauer shoots down Hartland

Farmington Hills Mercy's Jackie Bauer proved Tuesday night she has the Midas Touch.

Everything the 5-foot-6 senior guard threw up at the rim seemed to turn to gold as she led the Marlins to a come-from-behind 47-42 win over favorite Hartland in the Class A regional girls basketball semifinal at North Farmington.

Bauer poured in a game-high 20 points, including 11 in the final period as the Marlins fought back from a nine-point third quarter deficit to advance to the regional final beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9 against Walled Lake Northern (19-4), which ousted Novi 48-42. (Game time is 7 p.m. at North Farmington.)

Mercy slips past North Farmington, 32-30

Marlin cagers move on the regional against Hartland

Farmington Hills Our Lady of Mercy is moving on in the Class A girls basketball state tournament.

The Marlins slipped past neighborhood rival North Farmington Friday night, 32-30, in the district championship game played at Farmington High School. The low-scoring game was close all the way.

"It was a battle which we figured it was going to be and it turned out to be," said Mercy head coach Gary Morris. "I'm very proud of the kids. I'm happy for them that they added a district championship to the Catholic League championship and the Central Division title which we won."

Farmington Hills Mercy girls basketball has proven it is no underdog

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. -- At the beginning of the basketball season, it would not have been a shock to pick the Farmington Hills Mercy girls basketball team to have a solid season. After all, that's at least what Mercy does.

Yet, no one was picking Mercy to be a difference maker at the statewide level. Without any superstars to speak of, Mercy was expected to quietly have a strong season.

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