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Women’s Basketball defeats Jackson in conference opener

Freshman Guard Hallee Breimayer lines up the free-throw while Sophomore Guard Claire Flewelling looks on - Photo by Harrison DiCocco

Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Women’s Basketball team matched up against the Jackson College Jets in the Ford Fieldhouse on Thursday. The Raiders opened up Michigan Community College Athletic Association play with a 63-51 win and notched their record to 1-0 in the conference and 8-3 overall.

The Raiders and head coach Dave Glazier entered the game knowing it was not going to be an easy stroll in the park.

“Jackson was good last year,” Glazier said in a post game interview. “They kind of got some better kids, they kind of reloaded. A 2-6 record is deceiving. I saw some film and knew that they were better than their 2-6 record, and we had two good games against them last year so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”

The Raiders started their first game of the new year sluggish. Throughout the game there was a lack of communication and several plays were not called, which led to disorganization and a lot of turnovers – 30 to be exact.

“That’s in part of us only practicing since our last game on Dec. 21,” Glazier said. “We haven’t had any live action since then. I anticipated that we would come out slow, I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be that slow. We weren’t taking care of the basketball, and that caused a lot of it, we had 17 turnovers in the first half, we’re better than that.”

Sophomore Guard Claire Flewelling scored a game high 16 points and knew the adjustments her squad made at halftime helped the Raiders bring home the win.

“In the second half, we decided that we were doing more plays to get it to our post players and thought might as well start inside out and we ran two of our plays solid.”

The Raiders’ next game is on the road against the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks on Sat., Jan. 6, at 1 p.m.