Farmington Hills Mercy cruised through the opening round of the Catholic League girls basketball tournament Saturday with a 74-50 victory over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.
The Marlins, who improved their record to 14-3, will play Dearborn Divine Child in a semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Catholic Central High School in Novi.
It will be the third meeting between the teams, which split a pair of regular-season games. The winner advances to the A-B Division final at 3 p.m. Sunday at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall.
Senior Taylor Jones poured in 30 points Saturday to lead Mercy to the quarterfinal win over Notre Dame Prep at Riverview Gabriel Richard High School.
Seniors Zora Pullen and Sierra Wangler also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Junior Jordyn Schluter added eight.
The Marlins, who are the defending league champions, began the game with a 29-point first quarter and led by 10 at the end.
Mercy doubled up Prep in the second quarter, 22-11, and expanded its lead to 51-30 at halftime.
“We scored a lot of points in that first half,” coach Gary Morris said. “I thought we were really playing well offensively. We shared the basketball and shot the ball really well.
“On the other end of the floor, I thought there were stretches where we played very well defensively and stretches where we missed assignments or blockouts.
“Overall, it was a nice win for us. We had a lot of contributions; all 12 played and nine scored. We’re happy to win and advance to the next round of the Catholic League playoffs.”
Jones also had seven assists and Wangler six. Jessica Ratliff scored 14 points for the Fighting Irish (6-10), who were 11-of-15 at the foul line. The Marlins were 10-of-12.
Bloomfield Hills Marian, the top-ranked team in Class A, will play Warren Regina in the other semifinal game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at CC.