LMC splits with Jackson CC - Kellogg game postponed again

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LMC splits with Jackson CC

Kellogg game postponed again

By Tom O’Neill

          Lake Michigan College’s Lady Red Hawks beat Jackson CC 71-65 on January 5, but the Hawks are struggling to regain the momentum they had at the end of December.  A two-week layoff occurred with a weather-related postponement against Kellogg CC January 4 and January 6 against Kalamazoo Valley. The Cougars cancelled their season. The Kellogg game was rescheduled for January 8, but a water main break at LMC postponed the game again.

            LMC traveled to Mid-Michigan, their first conference game of the season, falling 81-60 to the Lakers. The Hawks lacked the rhythm of past games and Mid Michigan now sit atop the conference 4-0 and 11-1 overall.

            The Lady Hawks fell behind Jackson early in the first quarter before chipping away at the deficit, taking the lead 18-17 with 2:18 left on a Jade Mosier basket. Raasheedah Harris and Mosier added two more buckets and LMC was up 22-19. The half ended with Lake Michigan going on a 5-0 run upping their lead to 38-29.

            The Hawks caught fire in the third quarter, outscoring Jackson 24-14. Mosier scored 11 points and Emily Atsinger knocked down three three-pointers as the lead stretched to 19. The fourth quarter was all Jackson. The Jets pulled within four points, 69-65, with less than two minutes remaining. Atsinger and Harris finished things off with buckets to secure the Hawks 10th win and first conference victory.

            “They thought they had won the game in the third quarter,” explained LMC Coach Patrick Daniel. “We were fortunate to get the win. We’ve got some work to do. I give Jackson (1-3/3-9) a lot of credit.”

            Mosier finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Atsinger had 19 points and six assists. The Hawks were held to 36.7 percent from the field and made only 8 of 21 free throw attempts. Jackson was led by Sydney Brown with 22 points. The team shot 38.5 percent from the field.

            LMC gained more practice time on January 15 when the Bruins declined to drive in the weather conditions, postponing the game for the third time, rescheduling for January 22. The Hawks face Grand Rapids (2-2/9-5) January 17 then return home January 19 to face Lansing (2-2/8-7).

LMC men fall 88-81

            The Red Hawks fell behind early before tying the game at 11 behind Gavin Rassler’s three-pointer with 13:27 left. Bryce Saxton followed with another and the Hawks built their lead to 13 with 7:02 left in the half. The Jets put together a 12-6 run and were back within five and ended the half down 45-41.

            Jackson tied the game at 58 with 13:44 left, but the Hawks went on a 7-0 run before the Jets started chipping away again. Jackson went up 72-70 with 6:55 remaining and it was back and forth for the next five minutes. Gavin Rassler sank two threes but it was matched by Jermayne Holiday and Jagger Surface for the Jets clinging to a four-point lead with 1:49 left. Three more free throws for Jackson and the game finished 88-81.

            LMC coach Jeremy Schaffer cited all of the whistles in the second half changing the game’s pace. He pointed out Jackson went to the line 18 times and sank 12. LMC made five of six attempts.

            Rassler had 17 points for LMC, Ajani Parker 14 points off the bench with Malik Hall and James Smith scoring 13 each. Deion Gatson had 10 assists. Both teams made 32 shots from the field, the Hawks adding 11 three-pointers.


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