By Aaron Stoner
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team battled the Aquinas Saints on Tuesday night in a one-sided contest.
The game opened with both teams struggling on offense with the Raiders unable to notch their first points until the seven minute mark.
A jumper from the top of the key by sophomore point guard Hallee Breimayer followed by a deep three from freshman Madelynn Miller gave the Raiders an early 7-3 lead.
The Raiders would lock down on defense the rest of the first quarter, holding the Saints to only eight points.
“Overall I was just really impressed with the play from our whole squad, but especially our sophomores,” head Coach Dave Glazier said. “It’s just been really tremendous to see their growth and the way they’ve matured from last season to this season.”
With a 10 point lead going into the second period, the Raiders would continue playing tight defense, forcing numerous turnovers by the Saints, and continue to knock down their open looks.
Big contributions from center Kenzie Omness as well as a couple timely buckets from Miller put the Raiders ahead 34-17 at halftime.
In the early stages of the third quarter, a sideline jumper from Emily Pendred, and an easy layup by sophomore Mya Jordan, thanks to a gorgeous assist from Miller, pushed the Raiders lead to over 20 early in the third quarter.
The Saints would do their best to inch their way back into the game, but the stout defense from the Raiders made it virtually impossible.
“We talked about our effort on defense in the pregame,” Glazier said. “I think that our players really bought in, and it showed by the way they were grinding.”
Back to back three’s from freshman Rayven Mondy to start the fourth quarter gave the Raiders their biggest lead of the game with a score of 58-32.
Ultimately though, it was the play from Breimayer and Miller whose poise and tenacious play helped lead the Raiders to a 66-41 win, giving them a record of 8-2 on the season.
“You know our team really goes as she (Breimayer) goes,” Glazier said. “She had a bit of an off night shooting, but she does so many other things and contributes in so many other ways as you saw tonight. But with Maddy, you know she’s from a great high school program in Indiana, and I knew she was gonna do great things for us, and it’s showing. She’s someone who wants the ball and does not shy away from the moment.“
The Raiders travel to Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 22 to take on Kennedy King College at 1 p.m.