Cold Second Half Contributes to A Lady Red Hawk Loss

The Lake Michigan College Women’s Basketball went cold from the field in the second half and Kankakee Community College defeated the Lady Red Hawks 56-40 on Saturday afternoon.
Cold Second Half Contributes to A Lady Red Hawk Loss

The game was tied at eight after the first 10 minutes with both teams playing tough defense. In the second quarter, Lake Michigan went on an 11-4 run and took a 19-12 lead, but the Lady Cavaliers went on their own 6-0 run to pull with one (19-18) with just a few minutes left in the half.  At the end of the first 20 minutes, both teams entered the locker room tied at 22.

In the second half, Lady Red Hawks really struggled to score and the Lady Cavaliers took advantage on the offensive end. Kankakee outscored Lake Michigan 21-10 in the third quarter to take an 11-point 43-32 lead in the final quarter. The Lady Red Hawks tried to mount a comeback early in the fourth quarter and pulled within eight points. Lake Michigan began to shoot poorly and could not obtain key defensive stops and the Lady Cavaliers outscored Lake Michigan 13-8 in the final 10 minutes for the final 56-40 win.

Lake Michigan only shot 25% from the field and Kankakee converted 41% of their field goal attempts. Both teams had 39 rebounds but Lake Michigan had 22 turnovers compared to 16 turnovers for Kankakee. The Lady Red Hawks did have 10 blocks for the game.

Sophomore Delaney Basker led Lake Michigan College in scoring with 12 points. Sophomore LaChelle Knox led the Lady Red hawks with eight rebounds and four assists, while freshman Joh'nae Poindexter had three steals and sophomore Elaisa Craig had a game-high six blocks.

After the game, Head Coach, Patrick Daniel stated "We played with good effort and energy but we had poor execution in the second half against a very good Kankakee basketball team. We had our chances and we just did not convert those opportunities. While we are disappointed with where we are right know in our season, we know we have to be in this together and continue to fight and work hard to get better and I trust these ladies will do that."

The Lady Red Hawks will have a two-week break before being back in action on Friday, December 6 when they travel to Milwaukee Area Technical College for a 6:00 pm game time.