The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball suffered a 64-40 loss to the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars Wednesday night in their final regular season game, a night in which four sophomores were recognized as part of Sophomore Night.
After the pre-game ceremony was over, the Raiders opened the game hot, jumping out to an early 18-7 lead that was highlighted by back-to-back threes from sophomores Aaliyah Sargent and Hallee Breimayer.
The Cougars called a timeout to slow things down, and that seemed to be one of the two turning points in the game. Out of the timeout, the Cougars went on a 5-0 run to close the gap to six. The second turning point came with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter when Breimayer left the game with an injury.
Breimayer went down hard grabbing her ankle, forcing the medical staff to come to her aid. She couldn’t put any weight on the ankle and had to be helped off the court.
“I think she’s alright,” Raiders’ head coach Dave Glazier said after the game. “We went with(out) her as long as we could just to see what it is. I think she’ll be fine, we’ve got (five) days off.”
Breimayer was able to return for the second half, but was sporting a noticeable limp. By the time she came back, however, the damage was done. The Cougars outscored the Raiders 35-15 in the second half.
Glazier was disappointed in the effort he saw from his team and addressed how they can play more consistent basketball.
“Forty minutes of wanting it,” Glazier said. “Tonight was about 10. Just not enough effort tonight. Valley wanted it more.”
The Raiders will have to put this loss behind them as the postseason looms next week. Glazier talked about what the focus will be for the team before their next game.
“Bumps and bruises getting healthy,” Glazier said. “Refocusing on 40 minutes of play, basics. Little things, it’s always little things… We got destroyed on the offensive glass tonight, 25 offensive rebounds (for KVCC), that’s a lot of second chance opportunities. Focus on the little things.”
There weren’t a lot of bright spots for the Raiders in this game. Sargent was the only player in double figures with 14 points. Breimayer and Mya Jordan each added nine points and Jordan also had 10 rebounds.
The Raiders finish the regular season with a 9-9 conference record and an 18-11 record overall. They will have to travel to Jackson, Michigan to face the higher seeded Jackson College Jets on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The winner of this game will continue onto the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XII Championships hosted by GRCC in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.