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Senior Taylor Jones recorded her 1,000th varsity point, while classmate Bridget Lyons scored for the first time since sustaining a serious injury.

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Basketball - Girls - 2/24/2015 

Farmington Hills Mercy 64
Warren Michigan Collegiate 25
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FARMINGTON HILLS Two special on-court moments by a pair of seniors highlighted Farmington Hills Mercy's 64-25 victory over Warren Michigan Collegiate Tuesday.

First, in the opening quarter, standout scorer Taylor Jones went to the free-throw line and collected her 1,000th career point as a varsity player for Mercy. Jones entered the game needing five points to reach the milestone mark.

"I really wasn't expecting it today," Jones said. "I didn't know until a couple of minutes before the game started that I was going to be honored for it. I think it's a big accomplishment and I'm glad I got to experience it with this group of girls."

Jones, who has signed on to play in college at Oakland University, racked up 1,000 points in just three seasons on varsity.

"Obviously it's impressive when and high school player scores 1,000 points. We don't play as many games as they do at the collegiate level," Marlins coach Gary Morris said. "What makes it more impressive for Taylor is that she played junior varsity as a freshman, so this is only her third year.

"She's just a kid that has always been able to score and that has been magnified this year in terms of scoring off drives, being a good free throw shooter and someone that can hit the three."

Jones is the second player in as many seasons to amass 1,000 points at Mercy, joining Candice Leatherwood from a year ago as the only players in Morris' 11 seasons to do so.

In the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game, another Mercy senior was afforded a moment of recognition that elicited hugs and cheers all around.

Bridget Lyons, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee during preseason workouts in September, was inserted into the game and presented with a prearranged opportunity to make a basket.

Following a timeout, Lyons entered a game for the first time all season and positioned herself beneath the basket in preparation for her chance. The pass arrived and she sunk a layup before being congratulated by teammates and returning to the bench with her name secured in the game's scoring summary.

Prior to the game, Morris secured the cooperation of Michigan Collegiate's coaches and players to afford Lyons a chance to record two points if a suitable situation arose late in the game.

"I wish I could say it was my idea, but I was reading an account of a Plymouth vs. Westland John Glenn game and a girl from Plymouth had torn her ACL earlier this season and they did that. Right away, Bridget came to mind," Morris said.

A contributor to Mercy's team that reached the Class A semifinals last season, Lyons was approached recently with the idea to get on the court in a game one last time.

"It's obviously been a really tough season because I couldn't play, but this was just such a great opportunity and I felt awesome when (Morris) asked me if I wanted to do this," Lyons said. "Being out there and hearing everybody cheer for me was a great feeling."

Lyons underwent surgery in October to repair the damage in her knee.

"I had to keep a brave face. There was no use in being too upset about (the injury) because there was nothing I could do," she said. "What I've been doing is coming to practices, cheering my team on and trying to make them better."

With a 15-4 record and one regular season game remaining, the Marlins will begin postseason play on Monday in a district opener against Detroit Renaissance.

Last Updated: 2/25/2015 12:59:03 PM EST


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