By Kaia Zimmerman
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team came out aggressive and easily secured the win against Ancilla College on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 78-53.
After falling in their last game, the team came out excited to play and worked well as a team to win their first game of the season.
“(We) played with energy, played with a purpose, and played together,” said Head Coach David Glazier. “Tonight was an awakening, and understanding of what each person does well for us, and if we need that from them, they will do that for us.”
Sophomore Shonyah Hawkins had another high-scoring game with 21 points in three quarters. As well as scoring, Hawkins also had 4 assists and 5 steals to help the team win.
“She’s a spark plug,” Glazier said. “She’s doing some really nice things for us… being able to play at both ends of the floor, she’s been a catalyst for success.”
Other high performers included sophomore Danielle Lamancusa who had 14 points and freshman Erin Kruithoff who had 13 points and went 3 for 6 from behind the 3-point line.
One of the biggest highlights of the night was the solid performance by the Raiders defense, which had a total of 22 steals, 3 blocks, as well as causing 31 turnovers for the Chargers offense.
In the first quarter, both sides of the floor were working for the team. Hawkins came up big with 10 points in the quarter. Sophomore Olivia Koetje also made a difference on the other side of the court with 2 blocks. The whole starting five was hustling, working together, and making great plays on the defensive end to give them a lead at the end of the first quarter, 18-14.
The team only went up from there and had an explosive start to the second quarter. Similar to the first quarter, the defense was playing strong with early steals from Hawkins and freshman Kyleigh Rau. Also, two early 3-pointers from Koetje gave the team momentum. The team grew their lead as the quarter went on, going up 37-27 at halftime.
During the third quarter, the Raiders started to pull away. Everyone was working together and setting up great plays for one another. The team was consistent on both ends of the court making it hard for the Chargers to mount any sort of comeback. The Raiders would extend their lead throughout the quarter, going up 64-37.
During the fourth quarter, they held a consistent lead to close out the game. The Raider defense played strong to end the game, executing some good passes and strong plays on the offensive end.
The game meant a lot to the team, and they hope to continue the momentum against Mid-Michigan college. “It gave us some faith in each other that we needed,” Hawkins said.
The next game will be at the Ford Fieldhouse against Mid-Michigan College who they know will come to play.
“Those kids will come ready to play,” Glazier said. “We know it will be a battle every time we play Mid-Michigan College, so we have to play better than we did tonight to come out of that game with a win.”
You can watch Friday’s matchup against Mid-Michigan College at GRCC’s Youtube Channel starting at 5:30 p.m.