The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team lost to No. 4 Illinois Central College (84-48) and No. 6 Parkland College (78-55) at the Illinois Central Classic to put their record at 0-3 overall.
With the loss, GRCC head coach David Glazier said he thought the Raiders learned they need to work as a team in order to be successful.
“They (now) understand that this group really has to play well together,” Glazier said. “I think really that part just grew. I think they understood that they have to play well as a group, but that ultimately doing things one-on-one isn’t going to be what’s best for this team.”
The Raiders were led by freshmen Grace Lodes and Marlene Bussler in the matchup against the Illinois Central Cougars. Bussler put up 12 points and five rebounds while Lodes had nine points, three rebounds and three blocks.
In the loss against Parkland, the Raiders were led by freshman Allison Kellogg (10 points and five rebounds) who got her first minutes of the season after recovering from an injury.
The Raiders had a tough start in the first half against the Cougars, going down 44-17 at the half. The Raiders came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring the Cougars 21-14, but it wasn’t enough to get them back in the game. The Cougars were able to dominate in the fourth quarter and secure the win.
The Raiders had a better showing in the Parkland game. The Raiders had a great second quarter, taking the lead in the middle of the quarter after an impressive run. However, Parkland was able to bounce back and take a small lead at the half, 39-30. Parkland was able to extend their lead after outscoring the Raiders 21-11 in the third quarter. The Raiders weren’t able to stop the momentum of Parkland and would drop their third game in a row, 78-55.
Glazier believes the team is still in good position to have a successful season and said he was proud of the team’s performance.
“I thought we grew,” Glazier said. “I thought we saw some kids step up and show a little bit more of what they are able to do and how they are going to be able to contribute. Those were two really good teams we played… I think what they probably took away from it was what it takes to play at this level.”
The Raiders will look to bounce back after the tough losses when they return to the Gordon Hunsberger Arena to face off against Aquinas College JV Monday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.