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Tuesday's high school basketball: Albanese leads Mercy past Blair, Divine Child in OT


With one player from each team scoring more than 40 points, Farmington Hills Mercy survived a scare and stayed undefeated, taking down Dearborn Divine Child with a 79-70 overtime victory Tuesday night.

In two amazing performances, Mercy’s Aizlyn Albanese scored 45 points in the win, while Divine Child’s Kennedy Blair answered with 46, both of them accounting for more than half of their team’s total points.

“It was a hard-fought game… it was a great crowd, great atmosphere for the kids to play, and both teams competed hard,” Mercy head coach Gary Morris said.

Mercy led by 10 points at the end of the third, but Blair stepped up by scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying bucket with 10 seconds left, to send the game into overtime.

But that’s when the sophomore Albanese stepped up, scoring 14 of Mercy’s 16 points in overtime to help her team pull away.

“She’s a gym rat, she played a lot for us last year and has added to her game from a year ago in terms of her offense," Morris said. "She’s very coachable and her teammates are good with getting her open."

Morris also had positive things to say about teammate Maya White, who had 22 in the contest, saying White was a big presence in the post. It was one of those games, Morris said, that fit the cliche of one team having to lose, but he was proud of his team’s effort that they have shown throughout their tough season so far.

“We’ve been challenged and been able to win, tonight was another one of those games… it was different in that we had a nice lead and they came back to tie it, but it was nice to see us respond and pull away in overtime,” said Morris.

Mercy is now 13-0 and 5-0 in the Catholic Central League and will play Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard on Friday, while Divine Child (11-3, 1-3) returns home after three straight road games to face Detroit Country Day. These two teams will face off again Feb. 7, this time on Divine Child’s home court.

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Tuesday's games

BOYS

Center Line 79, Madison Heights Lamphere 51: Cody Boling had 23 points and Tarez Holmes had 17 for Center Line (10-2, 6-0 MAC Silver). Sema-j Ramsey had 24 points for Lamphere (5-9, 3-3 MAC Silver).

Detroit Cody 71, Detroit Osborn 25: Maurice Price led with 26 points and Jeremiah Roberts had 13 points with 10 rebounds for Cody (9-1, 5-1 Detroit PSL Gold). Osborn is now 2-10, 1-3).

Detroit Douglass 59, Detroit Communication Media Arts 11: Anthony Buford scored 15 points, Andrew Bowers added 11 and Elijah Spivey had 10 for Douglass (9-4, 6-0 Detroit PSL Gold). CMA is now 1-5, 0-3.

Ferndale 74, River Rouge 60: Noah Blocker had 13 points and Markiese Young had 12 points for Ferndale (6-5). Kyle Fisher had 23 points for River Rouge (9-4).

Jackson 71, Adrian 62: Terrell White had 23 points and Savon Campbell had 13 for Jackson (9-3). Stevie Elam had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Adrian (7-4).

Madison Heights Madison 79, Marine City 43: Keanu Mills had 19 points and Jason Howard added 16 of his own for Madison (8-6, 4-3 MAC Bronze). Marine City is still looking for its first win at 0-12 and 0-6 in the MAC Bronze.

New Haven 82, Grosse Pointe North 51: Trevon Jeffrey led with 22 points and six rebounds, Devin Sanford had nine points with seven rebounds, and Zander Smith also had nine points for New Haven (11-2). Rocco Cardinal had 11 for Grosse North (7-5).

Novi 57, Hartland 39: Ee’John McGowan scored 18 points and Rodney Hackman had 12 for Novi (5-7, 1-5 KLAA West). Michael Pennala and Michael Kilburg each had 10 for Hartland (5-8, 2-4).

Redford Union 45, Melvindale 26: Kayden Turner had 12 points Amari Taylor had 10 points for Redford Union (9-4, 7-1 Western Wayne). Derrick McCrinon had 10 points for Melvindale (3-7, 3-5 Western Wayne).

Utica 62, Fraser 34: Mason Brodi scored 18 points with seven assists, and Trent McFarland and Luke Cottingham each had 12 for Utica (9-2, 6-0 MAC Blue). Ashton Goul had 12 for Fraser (4-8, 2-4).

Warren Michigan Collegiate 50, Harper Woods Chandler Park 48: Dylan Grant led with 12 points and Nathaniel Savage had 10 for Michigan Collegiate (11-1, 6-0 Charter East). Jaylin Jones had 13 and George Stewart had 12 for Chandler Park (9-2, 5-1).

White Lake Lakeland 57, Walled Lake Northern 51 (2OT): Andrew Turnquist led with 27 points, and JT Wheeler and Cole Bromley each scored 10 points for Lakeland (7-4, 5-1 Lakes Valley). Jude Moldenhauer-Whitman had 27 and Ryan Wardrop had 10 for Walled Northern (5-7, 2-5).

GIRLS

Bloomfield Hills 60, Farmington 45: Michelle Barnett led with 18 points and four rebounds, Ashley Forner had 14 with four assists, Brianna Young had 12 with 11 rebounds and five steals, and Ruby Smith had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks for Bloomfield Hills (11-2, 6-0 OAA Blue). Farmington is now 6-7, 5-1.

Bloomfield Hills Roeper 35, Brighton Charyl Stockwell Prep 16: Sofia Salinas led the way with 22 points, while her sister, Natalia Salinas, added seven points for Roeper (7-3). Charyl Stockwell falls to 5-6 with the loss.

Northville 34, Plymouth 23: Northville improves to 10-4 and 4-3 in the KLAA West with the win. Mackenzie Dicken had seven points for Plymouth (4-9, 0-7 KLAA West).

Salem 36, Howell 32: Molly Deurloo had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Salem (9-5, 6-1 KLAA West). Kylie Pung had six points for Howell (10-3, 4-3 KLAA West).

Trenton 59, Allen Park 45: Trenton took sole possession of first place in the Downriver League with this victory over Allen Park. Bri Thomas led the way with 28 points, with Malyah Bynum adding 15 points of her own. Trenton is now 9-4 overall and 7-1 in conference. Emma Bateman and Lucy Granta each had 12 points for Allen Park (10-3, 7-2).

Kameron Goodwill is a freelance writer; freelance writer Matthew Scheidel contributed.

Tuesday's scores

BOYS

Charter League

Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac 61, Mount Clemens 43

Detroit Old Redford 78, Detroit Lincoln King Academy 46

Detroit Voyageur College Prep at Detroit Public Safety Academy

Romulus Summit Academy North 72, Redford Westfield Prep 19

Warren Michigan Collegiate 50, Harper Woods Chandler Park 48

Detroit PSL

Detroit East English 79, Detroit Academy of the Americas 13 

Detroit Cass Tech 112, Detroit Renaissance 83

Detroit Cody 71, Detroit Osborn 25

Detroit Douglass 59, Detroit Communication Media Arts 11

Detroit Martin Luther King 59, Detroit Western 58

Detroit Southeastern 45, Detroit Mumford 44 

Downriver

Woodhaven 46, Wyandotte Roosevelt 34

Huron League

Flat Rock 58, Riverview 52 

Carleton Airport 55, New Boston Huron 45 

KLAA

Belleville 57, Dearborn 47

Brighton 69, Canton 52

Howell 44, Salem 39

Livonia Stevenson 57, Wayne Memorial 53

Novi 57, Hartland 39

MAC

Center Line 74, Madison Heights Lamphere 51 

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 63, Macomb Dakota 56

Grosse Pointe South 58, Roseville 34 

Madison Heights Madison 79, Marine City 43

New Haven 82, Grosse Pointe North 51 

Port Huron 49, Marysville 36

Port Huron Northern 85, Warren Mott 50

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 43, Utica Ford 40

Utica 62, Fraser 34

Warren Cousino 50, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 46 

Warren Lincoln 54, Warren Fitzgerald 48

OAA

Bloomfield Hills 61, Birmingham Seaholm 44

Western Wayne

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 52, Garden City 40

Redford Union 45, Melvindale 26 

Other

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 61, Ann Arbor Greenhills 44

Canton Prep 74, Hope of Detroit Academy 7

Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 46, Warren Michigan Math and Science 43

Ferndale 72, River Rouge 60

Jackson 71, Adrian 62

Marine City Cardinal Mooney 56, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 46

Plymouth Christian Academy 73, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 65

Saline 57, Ann Arbor Pioneer 42

Southfield Arts and Technology 52, Lincoln Park 48

Warren De La Salle 45, Lake Orion 43

West Bloomfield 54, Detroit University Prep 50

Ypsilanti Lincoln 63, Temperance Bedford 59

GIRLS

Charter League

Detroit Lincoln King Academy 2, Detroit Old Redford 0 (Forfeit)

Mount Clemens 47, Arts and Technology Academy of Pontiac 18

Downriver

Dearborn Edsel Ford 38, Southgate Anderson 13

Taylor 41, Gibraltar Carlson 36

Trenton 59, Allen Park 45

Woodhaven 38 Wyandotte Roosevelt 36

KLAA

Belleville 54, Dearborn 37 

Dearborn Fordson 44, Livonia Churchill 23

Northville 34, Plymouth 23

Lakes Valley

South Lyon East 46, Waterford Kettering 20

Michigan Metro

Hamtramck 50, Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy 22

OAA

Bloomfield Hills 60, Farmington 45

North Farmington 67, Harper Woods 36

Southfield Arts and Technology 60, Birmingham Groves 52

Troy Athens 59, Rochester Adams 48

West Bloomfield 60, Lake Orion 20

Western Wayne

Dearborn Heights Crestwood 50, Garden City 40

Romulus 60, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 10

Other

Bloomfield Hills Roeper 35, Brighton Charyl Stockwell Prep 16

Detroit Edison 67, Williamston 40

Farmington Hills Mercy 79, Dearborn Divine Child 70

Oak Park 59, Ferndale University 18

Wixom St. Catherine 55, Macomb Lutheran North 28