After suffering a tough 28-point loss Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team bounced back to win by 23 points against Ancilla College Friday, 62-39.
Head Coach Dave Glazier takes pride in his team being resilient and continuing to play despite a tough loss last game.
“Wednesday night was a product of us not shooting the ball well,” Glazier said. “We shot the ball well tonight, we attacked the basket, we got to the free throw line and we made free throws.”
The team was firing on all cylinders and played as close to a 40 minute game as possible, especially on defense according to Glazier.
“The defensive intensity you saw tonight was just the same as it was on Wednesday,” Glazier said. “It’s just about intensity. It’s choosing to play 40 minutes at a high level and knowing you can get a break if you need it.”
The defensive intensity of the team throughout the game was the key to success.
“It all starts at defense,” said Freshman Guard Claire Flewelling. “When we have good on ball defense and good post defense, that’s what starts it. But it helps offensively too. We shoot the ball well and when you start knocking down shots. It’s huge.”
Keeping that intensity for 40 minutes is also what leads to wins, according to Freshman Forward Emily Pendred.
“If we start out intense and carry it through four quarters, not just playing it in the second half, that’s what we need to do,” Pendred said.
Statistically, it was one of GRCC’s better nights with three players finishing in double digits for points. Freshman Guard Allazae Lloyd led the way with 18 followed by Flewelling and Freshman Center Makayla Beld who both had 11. In rebounds, Pendred led the way with 19, followed by Freshman Guard Josie Manion with seven and Freshman Guards Lloyd and Maddie Albert both finishing with six.
In assists, Lloyd finished with four, Flewelling finished with three and Albert and Pendred finishing with two.
The next game for GRCC will be away at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, against Kellogg Community College, 450 North Avenue Battle Creek.