The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team lost their game to No. 6 ranked Kalamazoo Valley Community College by 14, 54-68.
The Raiders improved against KVCC, with GRCC’s last game against them being a 60-point loss, 35-95.
The team is looking at this game with positivity, as they played “pretty good defense” they played according to Head Coach Dave Glazier.
“Other than some offensive rebounds here and there, I thought we did a much better job of playing 30 seconds of defense each time we had to play it,” Glazier said. “Each time that shot clock went to 30 for them, we were playing defense for 30 seconds.”
A high level of defense has and will be a top priority for the team going forward and to secure a spot in the playoffs.
“It’s (defense) always been a point of emphasis,” Glazier said. “We tell them the importance of defense daily. Some nights you just can’t control the ball going in the hoop, but you can control the side you defend and so it’s always going to be a point of emphasis and I think tonight proved to these kids that they can play with anyone in conference.”
Looser basketball will be “just as important” as defense according to Glazier, as they prepare to try and secure two wins next Monday and Wednesday in order to qualify for the Michigan Community College Athletic Association District Tournament.
“They’ve become better at playing more free and playing loose,” Glazier said. “If they continue to offensively play loose, we will absolutely have a better chance of winning the next two games.”
Freshman Guard Maddie Albert seconds Glaziers opinion with loose basketball being the key to securing a playoff spot and further success.
“I think we need to continue to play loose and play together,” Albert said. “And we just need to continue to play hard defense … that will lead to better offense.”
Albert is looking to keep the team chemistry high in order to be successful for the rest of the season.
“I think we have really good team chemistry right now,” Albert said. “We all love each other, we don’t have any problems with each other and we play great as a team.”
Statistically, the team put 54 points, with Freshman Guard Allazae Lloyd contributing 16, Albert putting up 11 and Freshman Center Makayla Beld earning nine. For rebounds, the team grabbed a total of 38 with Freshman Forward Emily Pendred grabbing the most at nine, Beld grabbing eight and Lloyd, Freshman Forward Josie Manion and Freshman Guard Claire Flewelling all grabbing five.
In assists, Flewelling earned the most with four, Manion finished with three and Albert and Beld had two.
The next game for the team will be away at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, against Mid Michigan Community College. The address for the game is 1375 South Clare Ave, Harrison MI.