The Lady Red Hawks took a quick 3-0 lead to start the game and even though they had a hard time putting the ball in the basket in the first 10 minutes. Lake Michigan built a 21-12 first quarter lead in part because of their defensive effort and forcing Kellogg to turn the ball over. The Lady Red Hawks continued to struggle offensively in the second quarter, but their continued defensive effort allowed them to outscore the Lady Bruins 18-7 in the second quarter and the Lady Red Hawks expanded their lead to 20 points for a 39-19 half-time score.
The third quarter saw Kellogg mount a comeback where they were scoring on offense while Lake Michigan continued to struggle putting the ball in the basket. Even though the Lady Red Hawks kept giving themselves chances by gaining several offensive rebounds, the ball just did not go in and Kellogg capitalized by outscoring Lake Michigan 21-14 to cut the lead to 13 points (53-40) going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, both teams struggled to score, but the Lady Red Hawks defense forced several turnovers from the Lady Bruins and they were able to outscore them 14-9 for the final 18-point win (67-49).
After the game, Head Coach, Patrick Daniel stated "Good win for us today again on the road. We did not play our best but these ladies gave great effort. I am very happy with another conference win and we look forward to returning home on Wednesday."
For the game, Lake Michigan only shot 28% (25-89), and Kellogg shot 30% (17-56). The Lady Red Hawks did have a season high 76 rebounds, including 39 offensive boards while Kellogg had 44 rebounds. Lake Michigan also had 12 assists, 11 steals, and eight blocks.
Monae Palmer led Lake Michigan in scoring with 16 points. Delaney Basker added 12 points along with 11 rebounds and two blocks. Jayla Bibbs had game highs in rebounds with 17 and steals with seven. Samantha Jenkins led in assists with a game high of six. Lake Michigan improves to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the MCCAA.
The Lady Red Hawks return home on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 when they take on Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Both teams are currently tied for first place in the MCCAA Western Conference with 2-0 records. Game time is at 5:30 PM.