By Josh Carlson
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team extended their three-game win streak on Feb. 19 with a nail-biting 58-55 win over Lansing Community College.
With a slow start to their offense, Raiders Head Coach David Glazier was visibly frustrated and called an early timeout. From there, the Raiders went on to end the first half of play with a 38-30 lead thanks to the 24 points in the paint from the length of the forwards.
Overcoming their first half deficit, the Stars forced the game into a back-and-forth affair late. Lansing’s Georgia Hill regained the lead with a mid-range jumper with 40 seconds left in regular time.The Raiders continued executing offensive plays that worked best as Kendall Griffioen dove to the paint during an inbounds play for a wide-open bucket to regain the lead.
“That’s Kenny (Griffioen),” Glazier said. “Kenny’s basketball I.Q has grown a lot this year, and she knows when to dive and when to sit back because she’s got a nice little mid-range, and that’s just recognizing what’s in front of her.”
Leading the nation in blocks and continuing to prove her athleticism, Griffioen came up big again for the Raiders by blocking two go-ahead shot attempts by the Stars with 12 seconds in regulation. From there, sophomore guard Rayven Mondy sealed the game with two huge free-throws, ending the game 58-55. The Raiders finished with 34 points in the paint and all three forwards in double digits, and two with double-doubles.
Freshman forward Danielle Lamancusa finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Griffioen with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Sophomore forward Bethany Chick added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Raiders to round out the post-play.
With the season coming to a close Glazier said the postseason is not on his mind yet.
“To be honest with you the postseason isn’t our focus quite yet,” he said. “Muskegon is really good. Focus right now is just on Muskegon. We can’t turn to the postseason until we know what our seed will be.”
Griffioen commented on the team’s focal points for the remainder of the season.
“We struggled defensively today, stopping their best player,” said Griffioen. “Over the next couple of games, we need to focus on the defense because it will carry into our offensive play.”
Lamancusa also commented that, “We need to keep working as a team. Keep working hard and teamwork. We aren’t selfish, and we all play together, so we need to keep doing that.”
The Raiders are now 10-5 in their conference, 12-14 overall. They hope to continue their four-game winning streak against Muskegon Community College on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse – with the men’s team following at 3 p.m. Admission for the public is $3 and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.