In a game that was tightly contested right up to the finish, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team won 80-71 over Muskegon Community College.
“Finding a way to win close games has been a problem for us at times,” GRCC Head Coach Ray Kimball said. “There were times tonight where it looked like it could slip away again.”
The game was close right up until the finish, and the Raiders had their chances to to blow a big lead, but that wasn’t the case Wednesday night.
GRCC led by 17 at the half, but made some big shots and created turnovers down the stretch to close the game. Kimball was thrilled with his team’s performance in the closing minutes.
“I’m just so excited that we finally figured out a way to come out on top of one of these contests that we’ve battle so hard in every time,” Coach Kimball said. “Tonight, figuring out a way to win down the stretch, (it) will help us in some other games.”
Kimball had good comments about a few of his players, but he made sure one particular performance from Ciara Sundermann didn’t go unnoticed.
“The unsung hero was Ciara Sundermann, she did a phenomenal job defending their leading scorer, especially in the second half,” Kimball said. “Regan Cross and Deiona Rodgers also hit some big shots for us late in the game when things started to get away from us a bit.”
Sundermann only had five points, but her lock down defense helped the Raiders hold their lead. GRCC had three players reach double figures. The scoring was lead by Rodgers’ 27 points adding eight assists and six steals. Courtney Zenner had 21 points while adding four assists and three steals and Cross had 19 points and three blocks.
Cross said the teamwork led to what got the Raiders the win.
“We finally played as a team, it was probably the best game this group has ever played,” Cross said. “We need to keep pressing on and playing as a team and we will continue to win games like this one.”
MCC Head Coach Amanda Parker believed that the loss came down to Jayhawk mistakes.
“I don’t think it was all that much of them beating us, I think it was us beating ourselves,” Parker said. “You can’t be down 17 at the half and expect to win the game.”
Muskegon CC had four players reach double digits in the contest. They were lead by Bailey Freeland who had 17 points and added two steals and two assists. Camaryia Willams totaled 15 points and five assists, while teammates Morgan Giddings had 14 points with five assists, and Kaylie Caverley had 12 points and a steal.
Kimball wants to keep the up the momentum after tonight’s win.
“We beat an awfully good team tonight and we now have a share of third place,” Kimball said. “We’re excited moving forward and we are just happy to get a W.”
GRCC (12-9, 6-4) will take on Ancilla at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Ford Fieldhouse.