The Grand Rapids Community College women’s team dropped the opening game of GRCC’s Homecoming Night to the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks 62-39.
The Raiders got off to a rough start turning the ball over on their first two possessions and went scoreless for the first five minutes of the game forcing GRCC head coach Dave Glazier to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, sophomore point guard Hallee Breimayer hit a three-pointer followed by a layup to tie the game 5-5.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, a 5-5 tie was their last glimmer of hope in this game. The Red Hawks proceeded to break the tie by going on a 13-0 run to close the first quarter. LMC was suffocating the Raiders on defense seemingly having a hand in every passing lane.
Glazier knew it was going to be a tough matchup and said his team just didn’t get it done tonight.
“Nothing we didn’t expect,” Glazier said. “We talked about it. It’s an extended matchup, two-three that they do really, really well. They’re athletic, they’re long. We talked about the things that needed to be done that would help us find success. And it took us just too long to start doing those things.”
The Raiders had a tough time getting shots off in the paint. Red Hawks center Taylor Cegelis didn’t let anyone come to the low post and led both teams with eight blocks on the night. Glazier said despite her dominance down low, there was no change in the game plan. He instead kept reiterating the game plan that the team had trouble executing.
“It’s just emphasizing the part of the game plan that we weren’t following,” Glazier said. “It’s just ball fake. When you got a team that’s ultra aggressive, you’ve got to fake to make and we didn’t do that.”
The Raiders have been struggling offensively as of late. Friday night was no different with the team shooting 19 percent from the field. Breimayer was the only player for GRCC in double figures with 18. Sophomore center Emily Pendred added 12 rebounds. The Raiders only had eight assists as a team and had 25 turnovers.
Glazier believes his team has something special, but a game like this is a wake-up call to see if they are ready to put forth the effort needed to be a top team.
“This is a challenge, challenge their heart, challenge their energy, challenge whether or not they really want this,” Glazier said. “It’s not a doubt, it’s just a challenge. They’ve got to pick themselves up off the mat and decide if they want to attack this. We have the pieces to be successful and now they have to decide.”
This loss tags the Raiders with their fourth conference loss of the season. Their overall record is 11-6, but with only two conference wins, they’ll need to stack a few together. Their next shot to do so will be Wednesday, Jan. 23 when they visit the Ancilla College Chargers in Plymouth, Michigan. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m.