LMC women get their revenge / Men have blow-out win

Kelsee Kinder Photos by Harbor Photography
Hailey Madison Photos by Harbor Photography
Hailey Maas Photos by Harbor Photography
Bryce Saxton Photos by Harbor Photography
Gavin Rassler Photos by Harbor Photography

         The Lake Michigan College women avenged an early conference loss to Mid-Michigan Community College, 76-67 while the men fired on all cylinders, destroying the Lakers, 103-65 Wednesday at LMC.

            The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 19-9 first quarter lead, eventually pushing it to 14 points in the second quarter. The Lakers then hit four straight three-pointers followed by a basket with a bonus, taking a 36-35 lead into halftime. The third quarter was back and forth, this time the Red Hawks holding the lead, 54-52.

            The fourth quarter was more of the same, lead changes back and forth until the 4:08 mark. Hailey Mass and Hailey Madison scored back to back baskets, putting the Red Hawks up five. Mid-Michigan pulled back within two 69-67 before Jade Mosier closed the door, draining two foul shots followed by a three-pointer. Kelsee Kinser finished things off with two free throws, avenging the Red Hawk 72-54 loss. Until then, the Lakers (7-4/16-4) were 7-1 on the road.

            Kinder and Maas both had 21 points to lead all scorers. Mosier added 14 points and Brook Becker 10.  Madison pulled in 10 rebounds, the Red Hawks winning the board battle, 44-32.

            LMC coach Jason Cooper said he knew the Lakers could shoot “lights out. They move the ball well and it was going to be a battle.” With the win, the Red Hawks (9-2/17-5) remained tied for second place in the MCCAA West with Muskegon, one game behind Kalamazoo Valley.

            Lake Michigan beat Muskegon 59-55 on the road and will face the Jayhawks at home February 24. Kalamazoo Valley (10-1/18-3) visits Muskegon February 15. The nation’s sixth-ranked team beat the Jayhawks 82-66 in the first meeting. “KVCC has to lose one” Cooper said, adding “we’re just going to keep on doing what we do.”

Men score blow-out win

            In their first meeting it took the Red Hawks overtime to defeat Mid-Michigan, 82-81. Wednesday night was a different story as Lake Michigan earned their third straight win with a 103-65 blowout win.

            The Red Hawks (6-5/9-13) jumped off to a 45-31 first half lead, draining five three pointers while the Lakers were 0-10 in that category. Inside, Gavin Rasler picked up six buckets along with one three-pointer for 15 points.

            Lake Michigan opened the second half with Bryce Saxton scoring a trey and adding a bonus for a four-point play. The Red Hawks continued the assault, going on a 16-7 run and with 7:54 left, built a 28-point lead. It didn’t get any better for Mid-Michigan (7-4/14-6) as the lead ballooned to 40 points.

            Rasler finished with 23 points, Brian Harris 17, Saxton 15 and Jason Walters 14 points.  The Red Hawks shot 54.1 percent for the game, 52 percent from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent at the line. The Lakers were just 3/20 on three-point attempts while LMC was 13/25. Eight different Red Hawks scored three-pointers.

            Next up for Lake Michigan is Jackson Community College (6-5/11-11) Saturday at 3 PM at LMC. The Red Hawks fell to Jackson 88-85 in their first meeting. LMC, Jackson and Grand Rapids Community College are all tied for fifth in the MCCAA West. Lansing Community College (10-1/17-4) leads the conference.




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