Lake Michigan College women getting national attention

Buchanan native, Jade Mosier, is 4th nationally in NJCAA Division II rebounding and 11th in scoring.

Lake Michigan College women

getting national attention

By Tom O’Neill

            Despite their reputation, Lake Michigan College’s Lady Red Hawks started the basketball season unranked. The Hawks have been to the NJCAA Division II Nationals six of the last eight years and are eighth in appearances, most of any MCCAA teams. An 8-1 start now has LMC ranked 13th nationally. They also have the nation’s fourth leading rebounder in Buchanan native, Jade Mosier.

            The Red Hawks easily defeated St. Clair County Community College on the road Monday, 79-58. Delta College fell on Friday, December 15th, 71-52 at the Hawk’s Nest.

            Raasheedah Harris paced the Lady Hawks at St. Clair with 29 points in 36 minutes of playing time. She was perfect from the foul line, making all eight attempts. The team shot 88 percent. Mosier added 15 points, nine rebounds while Emily Atsinger scored 13 for LMC.

            Head coach Patrick Daniel said he was “happy to get another good win on the road. We did not shoot the ball as well as we would have liked, but we forced 30 turnovers.” The Red Hawks had just 15.

            Against Delta College LMC pulled off a defensive gem in the fourth quarter, holding the Pioneers to one basket and two free throws, out-scoring Delta 22-4 for their seventh win.

“It’s all about defense,” explained Daniel. “We showed mental toughness in getting needed stops in the fourth quarter. It was the best quarter we played all year.”

Mosier scored her seventh double double with 19 points and 19 rebounds, despite starting the second half with three fouls. Hartford’s Miriah Mireles, at 5-foot 4, had 15 points and four rebounds. Harris added 11 points and five rebounds. The Hawks out-rebounded Delta 53-31

Men suffer heartbreaker at St. Clair County

            Lake Michigan’s men (4-5) forced a St. Clair County turnover with six seconds left hoping to force overtime in a see-saw battle. The shot and the follow-up tip rimmed out preserving the 87-85 win for the Skippers (8-2). Monday’s loss came on the heels of a 100-85 home defeat by 16th-ranked Delta College (7-0).

James Smith had 28 points to lead the Red Hawks. Smith scored three times beyond the arc and was seven of nine at the line. “He really showed his versatility in the second half,” LMC Coach Jeremy Schaffer noted. Deion Gatson added 19 points, hitting seven of nine field goal attempts. Schaffer said his efficiency is changing him to more of a point-guard role. “He attacks defenses.”

            St. Clair County’s Derrick Johnson hit back to back to back three-pointers to put the Skippers up by 12 with nine minutes left before the Hawks staged their comeback. St Clair County had eight three-pointers during the game, three more than LMC.

            Against Delta College the Hawks (4-5) played with a significant height disadvantage and were out-rebounded by Delta 54-28. The Pioneers shot 61.8 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from the foul line. LMC was held to 37.1 percent from the field while enduring five blocked shots. The Red Hawks took 26 shots at the foul line, making 20 for 70.7 percent.

Schaffer summed it up as “a loss is a loss. We have to become more aggressive in nature and find a way to battle on the glass.”

            James Smith led Lake Michigan with 18 points followed by Gatson’s 17 points. Austin Dukesherer had 11 points, all in the fourth quarter, and Gavin Rassler 10.

            It was the second ranked team LMC lost to this season, also falling to 8th-ranked Mott CC.  “One of these games we’re going to crack through,” Schaffer said. The Hawks will face Mott CC again in Flint December 29 preparing for a tough conference schedule starting January 4 against Kellogg CC at home.  Western Conference foe, Ancilla College (9-0), is the nation’s fifth-ranked team. That game is January 31 at 7:30 PM.

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