Mercy basketball coach reflects on season

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published March 27, 2020

 Farmington Hills Mercy’s Julia Bishop tries to get around a Detroit Renaissance defender March 10 in a Division 1 regional semifinal. Mercy fell 56-33.

Farmington Hills Mercy’s Julia Bishop tries to get around a Detroit Renaissance defender March 10 in a Division 1 regional semifinal. Mercy fell 56-33.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Farmington Hills Mercy’s Maddie Kenney looks to make a play against Detroit Renaissance. Mercy finished the year at 20-4 overall.

Farmington Hills Mercy’s Maddie Kenney looks to make a play against Detroit Renaissance. Mercy finished the year at 20-4 overall.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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The Farmington Hills Mercy basketball team did a lot of winning this season, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

The Marlins’ season came to a close with a 56-33 loss to Detroit Renaissance in a Division 1 regional semifinal March 10. The winter sports season was postponed before any regional finals were played.

Despite the loss, Marlins coach Gary Morris wasn’t disappointed in his team. The Marlins — finishing at 20-4 overall — had a lot of success this season and Morris said he enjoyed coaching this group.

“Really proud of the kids for the season that we had. Winning 20 games is always, to me, a significant accomplishment,” Morris said. “We certainly had no bad losses and a lot of good wins.”

The success of the Marlins can be traced back to the way they played on the defensive end of the floor. They allowed opponents to score 37.3 points per game.

It’s a main reason Mercy was able to win a share of the Catholic High School League Central Division regular season title and win the conference tournament.

The four losses for the Marlins came to teams that were still playing when the state tournament was suspended. They lost to Renaissance twice, along with Bloomfield Hills Marian and Detroit Edison.

That strong defense is something Morris wants to carry into next season and could help Mercy find even more success.

“I thought that we played pretty solid defensively,” Morris said. “I think we have the potential to be even better defensively both in our pressing situations and in our half-court defense.”

While defense will be a factor, Morris will also have some roster decisions to make, as his team didn’t have a single senior.

That doesn’t rule out the possibility of younger players getting to varsity. Morris will have players earn their spots. But with a core group coming back, the Marlins could have a strong veteran presence next season.

“I think it’ll be a competitive situation, because our JV was very good this year. There’s some good players there too that I definitely view as varsity candidates,” Morris said. “From a coach’s perspective, it’s good in that we’ll have kids competing for spots.”

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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