By Kevin Lopez
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team handily defeated a depleted and animated Detroit Community College squad 78-31 to bring the Raiders to a 3-1 record.
There were many instances during the game when the Lions appeared to confront and trash talk the Raiders on the floor, from the bench, and even the coach had some comments for the refs. Despite that, no technicals were handed out to the Lions.
GRCC’s head coach David Glazier was dismissive of the Lion’s behavior and happy with the win.
“It’s not something we pay attention to,” Glazier said. “It was what we thought it was probably gonna be, if I’m gonna nitpick the ending wasn’t great, but we’ll clean that up.”
The Raiders were locked in from the beginning, playing great defense while filling it up on the offensive end. They held the Lions to just eight points in the first quarter, while putting up 26 points with great efficiency. Following that, they ramped up the defense even higher in the second quarter by putting the Lions in a hole down 30 points at halftime. The Raiders continued the fire in the second half, holding the Lions to just 1 for 16 shooting in the third quarter for a total of just 5 points. The Lions attempted a comeback scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, but with the game out of reach, the Raiders put the nail in the coffin with a Sally Merrill and one layup with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Merrill, a sophomore forward, led the way with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. After the game she said she was proud of how her teammates responded to the pressure and expressed happiness with her game tonight.
“We came out strong,” Merrill said. “I’m just really proud of my whole entire team. That was something I don’t know if the freshmen had seen yet, but I think they handled it well and they never backed down. I haven’t had the smoothest start to the season, but it was never really a concern for me. Some of the shots were falling early and that just gives me confidence.”
Grace Lodes, a sophomore forward, also collected a double-double with 18 rebounds and 15 points and felt that this was the game that showed off her improvement.
“It feels really good,” Lodes said. ”It feels like I’m taking a real big step compared to where I was last year. We won because of how we played as a team, this a team effort, so I’m just glad we were all able to play together.”
The Raiders look to their next game as they try to avenge their only loss of the season in a rematch against Aquinas College at 5:30 p.m on Dec. 5 at the Ford Fieldhouse.