On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team fell to Hope College Junior Varsity 50-65.
Inconsistency between quarters hindered the Raiders’ performance, while Hope stuffed the stat sheets early. In the second quarter, the Raiders were outscored 18 to 6 heading into the half.
“You can’t lose a second quarter or any quarter by double digits and expect to win basketball games,” head coach Dave Glazier said. “We had key players in foul trouble early and that kind of took our identity away.”
Freshman Guard Hallee Breimayer led the way for the Raiders scoring 18 points, and two steals. Teammate Qua Draper added to the scoring load with 10 points.
Moving forward, coach Glazier hopes to avoid slow starts in games. He wants to push his young squad to play more consistent, and effective quarters.
“I want us to avoid losing in the early quarters,” Glazier said. “We talk about it daily, and we want to go out there more focused. The last three games we didn’t have slow starts like this, so tonight it caught us off guard and we weren’t ready for to refocused following that.”
The players also wants to change their inconsistent starts early in games.
“I think we struggle at getting our energy up at a high level,” Hallee Breimayer said. “In the second half we do better because we are now into the game, but we want to be more focused from the start of the tip.”
Draper talks about how the team’s communication can be the blueprint to avoid their pattern of inconsistency.
“We struggled early at boxing out, we hustled well but we lacked communication,” Draper said. “If we talk more on both ends of the floor, make the smart play, and not rush our offense we will start to perform better for all four quarters.”
The Raiders next game will be on Mon., Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. against Calvin College Junior Varsity.