The Grand Rapids Community College Women’s Basketball team was defeated on Wednesday night by a score of 64-59 to the Lake Michigan College Redhawks in a Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference matchup.
The loss sets the Raiders back to 2-3 in MCCAA play and 9-6 overall.
“It’s a group that doesn’t quit,“ said Raiders Head Coach, Dave Glazier, in a post-game interview. “It’s admirable and what I love about this group.”
The Raiders played with a lot of heart after falling behind by as much as 18 points in the third quarter.
Starting the game was difficult for the Raiders. They trailed 26-10 after the opening frame. They seemed to come out flat and played the first quarter uncharacteristically sloppy.
“Coming ready to go has got to start being a trait that we take on,” Glazier said. “It’s not one we’re consistent with. We have to put together a full game, you can’t put yourself in a 16-point deficit and having to try to fight.”
Freshman Guard Brooklyn Barnes led the way for the Raiders with 16 points.
“It’s great energy to pick us up,“ Barnes said post game. “If one is in a positive headspace and another is in a negative headspace, we can pick it [the energy] up and win as a team.”
The Caledonia High School grad shot 42.8 percent from the field (6-14) and 50 percent from long-distance (4-8).
“It all comes down to our teamwork,“ Barnes said. “It all comes down to our head. We have to pick each other up mentally, because when we lose a game, we shut down mentally. We just need to know we got it.”
The Raiders and the Redhawks matched the number of rebounds at 42 apiece. The game was another story of the free-throw line and the Raiders’ inability to make trips to the charity stripe. The Raiders shot seven free-throws all game, only making three of them (42.9 percent).
“It’s all about execution,” Glazier said. “It’s about bringing what we talk about in practice to the game. We get out there sometimes and maybe too amped up, or not enough of us are on the same page to really get going. Sometimes that doesn’t happen until the second quarter.”
The Raiders are back in action on Saturday at Ancilla College in Plymouth, Indiana, at 1 p.m. The Raiders return home to play the Kellogg Community College Bruins in the Ford Fieldhouse Wed., Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.