Lake Michigan found themselves behind after the first quarter by only two points (13-11) after having eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes. The second quarter saw the Lady Red Hawks play much better, especially on the defensive end holding the Lady Skippers to just seven points. Going into halftime, Lake Michigan held a 26-20 lead. Unfortunately the third quarter was similar to the first quarter for the Lady Red Hawks, as they turned the ball over and St. Clair capitalized on the mistakes. The Lady Skippers outscored Lake Michigan 24-18 and both teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 44. In the final 10 minutes, the Lady Skippers extended their lead to eight points with 2:18 remaining in the game, but the Lady Red Hawks fought back and tied the game at 62 with under a minute remaining. St. Clair scored a two point basket and then converted one of two free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining to hold on for the 65-52 win.
Lake Michigan shot 37% from the field and St. Clair converted 39% of their field goal attempts. The Lady Red Hawks did hit on 50% of their three-point shots (6-12) but were outrebounded 37-35 by St. Clair and turned the ball over 27 times compared to 29 times by the Lady Skippers.
Three players were in double figures, led by sophomore, Morgan Hughes who had 25 points, followed by sophomore Aymia Flowers with 11 points and freshman Joh'nae Poindexter with 10 points. Sophomore Elasia Craig had the game high of 10 rebounds and three blocks. Poindexter also had six steals and Flowers dished out four assists.
After the game, Head Coach, Patrick Daniel stated "Tough loss today. We just did not execute defensively to get stops when we really needed them. I love the fact we did not quit and came back after being down eight points late to give ourselves a chance. We need to learn from this and be prepared our next time out. It is a 40 minute game and we have to value every possession, on the defensive end first and then on the offensive end."
The 1-3 Lady Red Hawks will be back in action on Wednesday, November 20 when they travel to Schoolcraft Community College (0-4). Game time is set for 5:30 PM.