On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team dominated Cornerstone Junior Varsity 69-37.
The Raiders defensive intensity rattled Cornerstone throughout the game, causing them to commit 28 total turnovers, to the Raiders only 11. Due to their impeccable defensive performance, it made their offense easier to execute.
“We took care of the basketball very well,” said head coach Dave Glazier. “Overall when we only have 11 turnovers, I can be happy about that.”
Key minutes from bench players also contributed to one of the better offensive performances from the Raiders so far this season, their bench outscored Cornerstone’s 27-2.
“This game started on the defensive end,” Glazier said. “Tonight was a prime example of what we can do when we turn up our defensive aggression and do all of the right things. Everyone did a good job, we ran our offense effectively, we didn’t settle. This was a complete team win.”
Sophomore Forward Makayla Beld finished with 14 points off 66 percent shooting, and grabbed seven rebounds. Teammate Mya Jordan also finished in double figures with 10 points, along with Hallee Breimayer scoring 16 points.
The Raiders shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, which is the best shooting percentage for the team so far this season.
Following a loss, the players feel that this victory is a confidence booster moving forward.
“We really picked up our effort on the defensive end,” said Sophomore Guard Josie Manion.” “We got back into the flow of playing as a team more and just keep our energy high out there.”
Beld loved the team’s competitiveness on the both ends of the floor.
“We needed a complete game like this following our last loss,” Beld said. “We really picked up our intensity in the second half, limited our turnovers, and we had a smooth transition from our defense right into our offense.”
The Raiders next game will be on Monday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m., against Calvin College Junior Varsity at the Ford Fieldhouse.