By Paul Ce
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team faced off against the 18th ranked Mid Michigan College Lakers in a blowout loss of 52-28 on Monday night.
The Raiders, who were ranked 19th in the nation , were holding their own on defense, but the Lakers kept hitting shots. The Lakers ripped off a 13-3 run to start the game, stifling the Raiders with their size and length. Sophomore guard Hallee Breimayer wouldn’t let them fall back though as she scored eight points in a row to stop the Raiders from falling behind too far as the game started to get competitive from there.
Freshman forward Kendall Griffioen was dominating on defense blocking six shots and stealing the ball twice in the first half.
Raiders’ head coach Dave Glazier spoke on her solid play lately after the game.
“She’s tough for us to keep off the floor right now.” A big component of that is that, “she’s trusting her instincts and playing with more confidence,” Glazier said.
When asked about how her play has improved, Griffioen said,, “I (have) more confidence in myself knowing my role on the team is to step up and stop people.”
This rabid defense wasn’t enough though as freshman guard Amelia Mcnutt scored 11 points for the Lakers in the first half, putting them up 27-18 to finish it out.
As the second half started, GRCC could not keep up. Their ball movement got stagnant as they only had five assists compared to 27 turnovers. The Lakers pounced on this and started executing their game-plan as freshman guard Savannah Peplinski started to get going and finished the game with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
GRCC didn’t go down easily as they gave it all they had the whole game, but just couldn’t get the ball in the hoop. This fighting spirit was kept alive partly thanks to Breimayer and her energy.
“I always try to stay motivated to keep our team’s energy up and keep us in the game, because when I get down, then everyone else will start to as well,” Breimayer said.
It was just one of those off nights for the team.
“I was pretty pleased with what we did defensively, but offensively is where they can step up,” Glazier said.
The statement rang true as the Raiders as a collective shot 14.5 percent from the field.
They will face the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks on Wednesday, Feb. 20 on the road in Benton Harbor, Michigan at 5:30 p.m. They now have a 16-9 record and are 7-7 in conference play.