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KVCC 74, GRCC 55: Raiders can’t keep pace with Cougars

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GRCC's #10 Jayla Branch sets up on defense. Photo by John Rothwell

By Zach Watkins – Sports Editor

After taking a 29-28 lead into the break, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College girls basketball team put up 45 points in the second half to defeat Grand Rapids Community College 74-55 on Monday.

KVCC sophomore Khadijah Seawood led all scorers with 16 points.

“Our girls played their hearts out the whole game,” GRCC coach John Maciak said. “KVCC, because they are used to winning, knows how to finish at the end. I played a lot of the younger players just to get them used to playing. We can’t press that way we did all game with five girls. I give them all the credit it in the world. They played their hearts out.”

GRCC freshman Kristen Schubring, a 5-foot-11 forward/center from Novi, led GRCC with 14 points, and was the lynchpin to the Raider defense.

“She did everything well today,” Maciak said. “We just put that defense in before the game and Kristen was the key to it. We put a special defense in for this game, and it went pretty well”

Sara Karamol scored 10 points in the first half for GRCC, before being held scoreless in the second. Karamol added 10 rebounds.

“I think she was rushing her shots today,” Maciak said. “She didn’t play well on offense. Sara was rushing her shots. She’s only 5-foot-9 and they have some tall girls.” 

GRCC takes on Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek on Saturday.

“They’re a good team,” Maciak said. “If we play like we did today, we’ll have a good chance. It’ll be a close game. They’ve got a couple good players that we have to stop.

We have to get a little bit more out of our third, fourth and fifth scorers. We could have shot a little better today, but give KVCC credit. If we had six girls Kristen’s size, we’d be close. I’m not saying we would be there, but we’d be close.”