After two tough losses in a row, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team returned home last night with a convincing win over Alma College JV 71-52.
It was a game of streaks the whole way that mostly ended in GRCC’s favor. Courtney Zenner took the lead in scoring, and thought her team’s defensive effort was the reason they were able to pull away.
“We played with a lot of energy on the defensive end,” Zenner said. “I was knocking down a lot of the threes I put up which is always a plus and I was seeing the court well and finding my teammates.”
Zenner tallied 22 points, while shooting 5 of 9 from beyond the three point line. Kristen Schubring finished with 14 points, 10 of those coming from the free-throw line where she made 76 percent of her attempts. The other two Raiders in double figures were Regan Cross with 12 points, and Ciara Sundermann with 10 points.
Zenner said her team needs to be ready to keep up the strong efforts in the upcoming game against Schoolcraft.
“They are a good team so we will need to be ready for them,” Zenner said. “We need to keep playing defense like we know we can and keep pushing the ball up more on the offensive end.”
GRCC Coach Ray Kimball was relieved to get back on the winning end after a couple tough losses.
“It was just nice to get back on the winning side of things,” Kimball said. “We had a couple stretches where we tried to get too individual and allowed them to get back in the game, but our defensive efforts were as good as they have been all year.”
Kimball noted that Kristen Schubring played well in her first game back from injury.
“It was good to see Kristen play some positive minutes and show the results she did after coming back from a three week long injury,” Kimball said.
Moving forward, Kimball just wants to see more consistency from his team as a whole.
“You’ve seen what we can do in spurts,” said Kimball. “We just need to see more of this kind of effort on the defensive end consistently from start to finish.”