In a season full of ups and downs, with many close games right up to the end, it would only be fitting that the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team would have another close game to finish the season.
Unfortunately this tournament match didn’t end in the Raider’s favor.
GRCC’s run to the NJCAA district G semifinals came to an end, losing to Lake Michigan College 77-66. Coach Ray Kimball felt there were many reasons the team couldn’t hang on to win when the game went to overtime.
“The officiating wasn’t the greatest again, but we can’t blame all of the game on that,” Kimball said. “They hit that buzzer beater to tie the game, and it really just deflated us going into overtime.”
GRCC was up 59 to 57 with 17.1 seconds left after Deiona Rogers hit a shot to put the Raiders up by two points. LMC then called a timeout.
The RedHawks freshman Hailey Maas then tied the game with a jump shot as the buzzer sounded to tie the game at 59 a piece and sent it into overtime.
From there the Raiders stayed in the game for a good portion of overtime, but eventually lost by 11.
For GRCC, Rogers lead the team in scoring with 18 points, while adding nine assists and five steals. Noel Hernandez had 15 points with two blocks, shooting 58 percent from the field. Courtney Zenner was the third and final Raider in double digits with 11 points. The team as a whole shot 41.3 percent from the field.
“Deiona played a great game and did a good job handling the ball for us,” Kimball said. “Noel also played big for us in situations when we needed it.”
Rogers still found a way to find positives out of a tough loss.
“My team played well and through lots of adversity throughout the game,” Rogers said. “I’m going to miss this team and all of the love that we have for each other.”
LMC had two players in double digits led by Maas’ 25 points and six assists. Kelsee Kinder added 21 points to go with two assists and two steals.
Another big stat line came from Christy Gonzalez who had 12 rebounds while totaling six points.
Now that the season is over for the Raiders, Kimball is already looking toward next season.
“It was a great season and these girls should be proud that they put us back on the map as a team on the rise rather than an afterthought,” Kimball said. “Now we are preparing to recruit and get some new kids signed.”
Rogers, Ciara Sundermann, Renay Palmer, and Kristen Schubring are all sophomores that played their last game as a Raider on Thursday.
GRCC finished the season at 18-11 and 11-5 in conference. They went 11-4 at home and 7-7 on the road overall.