Grand Rapids Community College’s women’s basketball team season opener did not go as planned as they fell to Aquinas Junior Varsity 46-60.
The Raiders struggled in the first half of action shooting just 22 percent from the field as a team. Turnovers also plagued their offensive efficiency, finishing the first half with a 14 total turnovers to the Saints only six.
Despite their early struggles, Head Coach Dave Glazier saw the bright side of his squad’s overall play.
“In the first half I saw some good things from our freshman,” Glazier said. “I think all of our players did a good job of judging when they should be aggressive and taking advantage of the time they all had on the floor.”
While in the third quarter, the Raiders continued to struggle shooting but their continuous effort allowed them to make a run in the fourth. The Raiders had a 27-point deficit and shrunk it to 13 with six minutes left in play.
But the large hole the Raiders dug themselves was too difficult for them overcome, as the Saints continued to make shot after shot.
“It wasn’t only that our offense was coming together, but it really started with our defense,” Glazier said. “We boxed out, and we rebounded well, that’s where our good play always starts from. Limiting that team to only 60 points is good, I can live with that.”
Sophomore Guard Qua Draper, led the Raiders scoring eight points, as well as dishing three assists and grabbing three rebounds. Freshman Guard/Forward Mya Jordan followed suit scoring seven points, grabbing three rebounds, with one steal and one block.
The returning players for the Raiders remain optimistic and have high hopes for the team after the defeat.
“We didn’t play too bad, but we do have to improve in many areas,” said Guard Josie Manion. “Room for improvement is always a good thing and now we know what we need to work on.”
Manion went on to explain the current chemistry of the team.
“For having new players come in and new freshmen, our chemistry is pretty good,” she said. “I feel tonight we were all clicking together, but it just didn’t go our way.
Teammate Makayla Beld’s feelings about the team were mutual.
“We had a slow start and we all know it’s different right now with freshman coming up,” Beld said. “They’re getting use to the different style of play and different speed of the game, but we stepped our game up in the second half and you could start to see us clicking together and putting more effort into it.”
The next game for the Raiders will be Nov. 7, at 5:30 p.m., against Mott Community College at the Ford Fieldhouse.