Lake Michigan College splits With Grand Rapids CC
Lake Michigan College splits
With Grand Rapids CC
By Tom O’Neill
Lake Michigan’s Lady Hawks took over sole possession of second place in the MCCAA Western Conference, trouncing Grand Rapids Community College, (4-6/11-12) 77-46 Wednesday at home. For the men, it was a different story. LMC lost 102-93, the Raiders taking the season series 2-0 and dropping the Hawks to fifth place.
The ladies jumped to an early 24-16 first quarter lead behind second team All-American, Hailey Maas. The sophomore scored 14 first quarter points. At halftime Lake Michigan had pushed the lead to 21, 41-20.
When the third quarter opened it was all about the Raiders. Grand Rapids came out on a 12-2 run, the Red Hawk lead down to 10 with 2:47 left. Maas and Kelsee Kinder teamed up to push the lead back to 17, 52-35 to ending the quarter.
Lake Michigan outscored Grand Rapids 22-11 in the fourth quarter, LMC coach Jason Cooper emptying the bench.
The Hawks started the game using a full court press on the Raiders. “We knew they didn’t like up-tempo games,” explained Cooper. “They didn’t want us to run.” Cooper said Grand Rapids slowed the game down in the third quarter and his team didn’t handle it well.
Maas led Lake Michigan (11-2/19-5) with 20 points followed by Kinder at 18. Hailey Madison scored a double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. “She is the hidden gem on this team,” noted Cooper. “I’m really happy with the improvement in her game.” Madison, at 5-foot 10, is averaging seven rebounds a game.
The Hawks travel to Lansing February 18 to meet the Stars for the third time this season. Lake Michigan lost to Lansing in a non-conference game December 3, 65-48 but came back to beat the Stars at home 72-67. Lansing is in sixth place at 6-7/12-11. Kalamazoo Valley (12-1/20-3) sits atop the MCCAA West, narrowly escaping with a 69-67 win at Muskegon Wednesday.
Men fall to Grand Rapids 103-92
The Red Hawks found themselves in an all too familiar place after the first half against Grand Rapids. Turnovers and a failure to beat the Raiders on the boards led to a 12-point halftime deficit, 51-39. Grand Rapids took nine more shots, making four more baskets than LMC in the half as both teams shot over 50-percent from the field. The Raiders also out-rebounded LMC 22-17.
Lake Michigan (7-6/10-14) was down by as many as 17 points in the second half, but this time there was no big comeback. Nine points would be as close as Grand Rapids (8-5/14-10) would let them get. The Raiders beat LMC 87-72 on their home court January 13.
“We didn’t handle the pressure very well,” explained LMC Coach Jeremy Schaffer, adding that the team just didn’t get the second-chance points. LMC was out-rebounded 40-32 and committed 19 turnovers.
Jason Walters had 20 points for the Red Hawks followed by Spencer Adams with 18 points, Brian Harris at 17, Cortez Moore 12 and Bryce Saxton 11. Jeffrey Drake-Todd led Grand Rapids with 27 points.
The Red Hawk loss dropped LMC into fifth place, breaking a three-way tie for fourth place with Mid-Michigan and Grand Rapids.
It won’t get any easier for Lake Michigan when they travel to 16th-ranked Lansing on February 18. The Stars lead the conference with an 11-2 record, 18-5 overall. The Red Hawks fell to Lansing at home, 98-92, trying to rebound from a 15-point deficit.