The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team beat the Mott Community College Bears in an exciting, 65-64 overtime game on Saturday afternoon.
Early in the first quarter, the Raiders got off to a slow and sluggish start. GRCC head coach Dave Glazier was visibly frustrated with his team’s performance and decided to pull all five starters off the court and put in reserves.
“Sometimes, we don’t start the way I want us to,” Glazier said. “The five kids that came in, they’re always ready. You know, I probably don’t play them as much as they deserve because they work their butts off, but they came in and they handled business for us for… almost the entire first quarter. So that’s a testament to them for being ready.”
Sophomore point guard Hallee Breimayer talked about Glazier’s decision and said it was an opportunity for the starters to take a step back, and pick up their energy.
“He just felt we weren’t having any energy or effort,” Breimayer said. “He just… wanted to give us the chance to watch and say… ‘the bench is going to show you, this is the energy you need.’ He just wanted to prove a point to us.”
The Raiders did pick up the energy, and in the second quarter, the game was continuously back and forth. With just over three minutes remaining in the first half, Mya Jordan had a scare when she was accidentally hit on the head by a teammate and got the worst of it. The game was stopped as the trainer came out to check on Jordan and took her to the locker room to be evaluated.
Despite Jordan looking woozy as she walked off the court, she was back in the lineup to start the second half. Glazier addressed the decision to let Jordan back in the game, a decision that turned out to have a big impact on the game’s outcome.
“She was cleared and ready to come back, so we gave her a chance,” Glazier said. “We just told her to be honest with us where she was when she cleared everything.”
As regulation came to a close, the Raiders led 55-52. With under five seconds to go, Mott hit a three-pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In the extra period, Breimayer and Jordan took over. Breimayer got the scoring started with the Raiders’ first five points in overtime. With the game tied at 61, Jordan scored on back-to-back layups to give the Raiders a four-point lead. Mott hit another three-pointer to bring it back to within one.
The Bears fouled freshman Carlee Odom with seven seconds left in hopes of her missing one or both free throws. Odom didn’t hit either allowing Mott to rebound and call a timeout with four seconds left still down by one. Following the timeout, the Bears inbounded and threw up a three-point attempt that hit off the backboard and rimmed out giving the Raiders the 65-64 win.
After the game, Jordan pointed out some mistakes she felt she had made during the fourth quarter and credited her overtime performance to her desire to make up for those mistakes.
“The play we were supposed to do (in the fourth quarter), we did not execute and part of that was my fault, I will take ownership for that,” Jordan said. “Going into overtime, I knew I had to step it up and make up for it.”
Jordan finished the game with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double while Breimayer had 21 points and added six rebounds and six assists to her stat line. Madelynn Miller and Aaliyah Sargent each added nine points in the Raiders’ victory.
With the win, the Raiders have rattled off four straight victories and improve to 7-2 this season. The Raiders will get the next 10 days off before they face the Aquinas College Saints JV squad at Aquinas on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.