Chargers power past Marlins in basketball

Chargers power past Marlins in basketball

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Chargers power past Marlins in basketball

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Senior Lauryn Hauncher had nine points and four rebounds for the Marlins.

Senior Lauryn Hauncher had nine points and four rebounds for the Marlins.

The objective is to play good teams early in the season and hope it provides a payoff down the road.

In that way, Farmington Hills Mercy can benefit from a 53-41 loss to visiting Flint Powers in its season opener Tuesday.

“That’s a very good team,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “They’re athletic and got after us defensively with a lot of pressure.

“Offensively, they’re pretty good off the bounce, and they have some shooters. As I told the kids afterward, that team is going to win a lot of games.”

The Chargers jumped to a 19-7 lead after one quarter. It was 31-19 at halftime and 40-29 at the end of three.

Mercy got as close as 24-19 late in the second quarter and as close as eight points in the second half.

Francesca Coury scored 17 points and Anna Ruhstorfer 11 for the Chargers, who were 10-of-18 shooting free throws.

Mercy’s leading scorer was junior Jackie Bauer with 15 points. Senior Lauryn Hauncher had nine points and four rebounds. The Marlins were 11-of-19 at the foul line.

“From our perspective, there were a lot more positives than negatives,” Morris said. “For a lot of these kids, it was their first varsity experience or first time starting.

“I thought we competed hard against a quality opponent. We’re going to go back to work tomorrow and try to get better. We’ll work to get ready for Salem on Friday night.”

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