By Avery Jennings – Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team (16-10) fell to ninth-ranked Kalamazoo Valley Community College (25-1) Friday night, 72-66, snapping a seven game winning streak.
“They made tough shots,” freshman Regan Cross said. “We had to answer and we didn’t.”
That seemed to be the case for most of the game as the Raiders were unable to match KVCC in a multitude of different areas.
“We didn’t make the plays we needed to make,” sophomore Kristen Schubring said. “We didn’t make crucial layups (and) we weren’t finishing as well as we should have.”
Toughness was also a key factor in why GRCC lost the game, according to Deiona Rogers.
“We weren’t tough enough,” Rogers said. “I’ll take the blame for that. I wasn’t as tough as I should have been.”
The team was able to keep the score close for most of the game despite being down three players, forwards Karlee Karpowicz and Noel Hernandez, as well as center Cassie Dawson.
“It was a lot closer, points wise,” Schubring said. “The last (time) we played (KVCC), we lost by at least 20 and just to minimize that gap was a good thing for us. They’re ranked ninth in the nation, so it’s really cool just to compete with them.”
GRCC will play at Kellogg Community College on Feb. 24 for its last regular season game and will then host Game Three of the NJCAA District G tournament March 1.