The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team beat the Kellogg Community College Bruins 74-56 in a close district opener on Thursday, March 2.
GRCC Head Coach Ray Kimball wasn’t thrilled with the officiating, as his Raiders tallied 20 personal fouls.
“It was sh*tty officiating,” Kimball said, following the game. “But at the same time, we had some kids that didn’t move their feet very well and, you know, probably deserved some of those fouls.”
At halftime, GRCC freshman guard Courtney Zenner and KCC freshman center D’Erika Varenhorst were leading their team in points, with 11 and 12, respectively.
“We picked up our energy in about the second quarter and the second half,” Zenner said. “I think we played well as a team.”
Zenner said she also thought the referees were calling too many fouls.
“They were just weak calls,” Zenner said. “Our hands were straight up a lot of the time.”
By the end of the game, Zenner led the team with a total of 21 points. GRCC sophomore guard Deiona Rogers finished with 17 and sophomore forward/center Kristen Schubring totaled 15.
Schubring and freshman forward Noel Hernandez both ended the game with double-doubles, with Schubring’s 10 rebounds and Hernandez totaling 12 points and 13 rebounds.
KCC’s top scorer was Varenhorst, who finished 23 points.
“The better team won tonight,” said KCC Head Coach Kyle Klingaman. “We weren’t playing with confidence tonight. We just second guessed everything we did in offense and that hurt us.”
Following tonight’s win, the Raiders will move into the final four tournament tomorrow in Saginaw. Rogers said she hopes tomorrow the Raiders will play “better than today.”
“Pass the ball more, just play as a team more,” Rogers said.
Overall, Kimball said the team did what they could to make it to the final four.
“Little sluggish, little slow offensively, we had some nice spurts, we had some nice runs,” Kimball said. “I thought defensively we were pretty consistent but the bottom line at this time of year in tournament play (is) survive, (and) advance to the next one.”
The Raiders play Lake Michigan College at 1 p.m. tomorrow, March 3, at Delta College in Saginaw.