By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
KALAMAZOO, MI – The No. 9 ranked Kalamazoo Valley Community College women’s basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Community College 81-54 to clinch the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference.
The start of the Game was preceded with a special ceremony honoring KVCC coach Ron Welch who is retiring after 20 seasons.
Welch, 71, has coached KVCC to 451 wins, 12 conference championships, and appeared in six national tournaments.
GRCC started off the game with a 6-0 lead, only to see KVCC take control with a 22-point run.
“I was a little worried on how we would come out tonight after all the stuff before the game,” Welch said. “I was really pleased how the kids stepped up after the slow start.”
Trailing 52-30 at halftime, GRCC’s hopes of upsetting the Cougars (25-2,15-0) had diminished. Neither team could drastically increase or narrow the deficit the second half, with KVCC outscoring the Raiders 29-24.
“I thought we had them on the ropes,” GRCC coach John Maciak said. “Before we knew it they had a big lead and we could not narrow it down.”
GRCC’s Sara Karamol led all scorers with 22 points and added 16 rebounds for a double-double.
GRCC ends the regular season with a 6-17 overall record.