After starting the season with six straight victories, Farmington Hills Mercy experienced its first defeat in girls basketball Friday.
The Marlins fell behind early and, though they rallied to get within a point twice, ended up losing to visiting Dearborn Divine Child, 52-43.
Mercy trailed 16-5 after one quarter, but it rallied in the second and trailed by six at halftime, 26-21. It was 41-40 in the fourth before Divine Child pulled away down the stretch.
The Falcons made a three-point basket to increase their lead to four at that point and outscored the Marlins in the fourth quarter, 16-10.
“I thought we really competed hard,” Mercy coach Gary Morris said. “We’ll try to clean up some of our decision making. That’s something we have to work on in practice, making better decisions with the basketball.
“We played a lot of close games and had won all of them until tonight. In a bunch of close games, chances are you’re not going to win every one of them.
“This game was similar to others we had; unfortunately, it didn’t go our way tonight.”
Taylor Jones scored a game-high 22 points for Mercy (6-1). Katie Bryce and Sierra Wangler added eight apiece.
Wangler also had eight rebounds and four steals; Jones had seven rebounds and five steals, Bryce five and three, respectively.
Riley Blair scored 17 points and Madeline Barnauskas 10 for the Falcons (6-2).
Divine Child was 12-of-19 shooting free throws, Mercy 10-of-13.
Both teams are 1-1 in the Catholic League Central Division.