The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team took revenge against Hope College JV, 56-52, Wednesday night.
Hope JV beat GRCC by 11 at Hope College on Nov. 30.
“We made a few shots earlier and we got a lot of runout baskets tonight,” said Head Coach Dave Glazier about the win versus Hope JV. “That all stemmed from us playing a sound quality type of defense. We pressured and we got our hands on the ball when it was in the air and that’s just the kids being where they’re supposed to be.”
Even with the win, the team played “lackadaisical” in the first two quarters according to Glazier. They didn’t have “the energy and effort” needed to win the ballgame at the time.
“We came into halftime and just talked about our energy level,” Glazier said. “We looked lackadaisical and it was purely … energy level and our effort.”
The team shot 29 percent from the floor, in the first half, going 0-7 from 3-point range and down by seven points, 21-28.
But the team rallied and fought back in the third and fourth quarters, improving the defense with “pressure, getting their hands on the ball when it’s in the air and seeing both,” Glazier said.
The game was “exciting” according to Glazier as him and the team went up against a “talented group of kids” on Hope’s JV team.
“We just continued to battle and continued to do all those little things that in the end added up to a win,” Glazier said.
The Raiders ended the night shooting 38 percent from the floor, 25 percent from 3-point range and 33 percent from free throws. Leading the team in scoring was Freshman Guard Allazae Lloyd with 25, followed by Freshman Guard Keaira Lipscomb with 13. Freshman Forward Emily Pendred led the team in rebounds with 17, six of the 17 being offensive and following her was Freshman Center Makayla Beld with 11. Other highlights include Lloyd finishing with six steals and Pendred finishing with five blocks.
The team will play Northwood University JV at a to be determined time Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.