The National Junior College Athletic Association Region G Women’s Basketball tournament tipped off Tuesday and the Grand Rapids Community College secured a 68-65 victory over the Mid-Michigan Community College Lakers in Mount Pleasant.
Tuesday’s win comes as an upset as the Raiders were the No. 7 seed taking on the No. 2 seed Lakers. The Raiders will play the winner of the Ancilla College Chargers and Jackson College Jets matchup.
“We are absolutely proud of our kids,” said Raiders Head Coach Dave Glazier. “We knew it was going to be a battle.”
Resilience has been one of Glazier’s favorite traits of his team this season.
“We knew we had a task in front of us,” Glazier said. “This was the best ‘team game’ from us all year, start to finish. We had to trust and believe that our time was going to come”
Glazier also said that the mantra of the team this year, and especially heading into the postseason has been, “play loose, play to where your strengths are.” That mindset has guided the Raiders to the second round for the first time since 2016.
The Raiders shot 27 percent (8-29) from the perimeter and 35 percent (24-68) from the field.
Freshman guard Hallee Breimayer made three 3-pointers and added another field goal and made 3-4 from the free-throw line to finish the night with a team high 14 points.
Freshman forwards Ashley Bowen and Mya Jordan contributed 10 points apiece and sophomore forward Makayla Beld added 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Raiders.
The Raiders won the battle in the rebound and turnover departments with 39 boards and 15 turnovers while the Lakers had 32 rebounds and committed 16 turnovers.
Next up for the Raiders is a semifinal matchup with the winner of the No. 3 seed Ancilla and the No. 6 seed Jackson. That game tips off in the SC4 Fieldhouse in Port Huron on Friday at 1 p.m.