Lake Michigan led from start to finish after jumping out to a quick 9-3 lead in the first quarter over Lansing Community College. The Lady Red Hawks defensively held Lansing to just three field goals in the first quarter and took a 15-9 lead after the first 10 minutes of play. In the second quarter, Lake Michigan continued their defensive effort by forcing turnovers and limited the Lady Stars to just two field goals in the quarter. The Lady Red Hawks also executed on the offensive end and outscored Lansing 21-10 in the second quarter to take a 36-19 lead into halftime.
The third quarter saw the Lady Stars score more points in the quarter than they did in the entire first half. Lake Michigan struggled to get the defense stops and Lansing capitalized by hitting shots from the field and getting to the free throw line. The Lady Stars outscored the Lady Red Hawks 22-18, but Lake Michigan still led 54-41 going into the final quarter. In the final 10 minutes, the Lady Red Hawks got back to their defensive effort and limited the offensive scoring from Lansing by holding them to just 10 points. The Lady Red Hawks did not shoot the ball well, but due to their defensive effort, Lake Michigan outscored the Lady Stars 15-10 in the final 10 minutes and the final 69-51 score.
After the game, Head Coach, Patrick Daniel stated "It's always good to be at home and receiving the great fan support, especially after being on the road the last three games. I am proud of our defensive effort throughout the game, but we still have areas we need to improve. I am happy to be 6-1 in conference play."
For the game, Lake Michigan shot 40% (27-67) and held Lansing to 29% (17-59). Lansing out rebounded the Lady Red Hawks 47-39, but Lake Michigan had 22 assists, 10 steals, 7 blocks and forced Lansing to commit 24 turnovers. Lake Michigan had a season-low 12 turnovers.
The Lady Red Hawks were led in scoring by Samantha Jenkins who had 26 points (4-8 in three-point shooting) and eight assists. Jayla Bibbs, also scored in double figures with 21 points had 10 rebounds. Aymia Flowers led the Lady Red Hawks with three steals and Taylor Cegelis had a game high four blocks. Lake Michigan is now 14-4 overall and 6-1 in the MCCAA Western Conference.
Lake Michigan will be on the road on Saturday, January 26, 2019 when they travel to Glen Oaks Community College for a 1:00 pm tip off.