Slow Start Leads to Loss For Lady Red Hawks

In their second straight game, the Lake Michigan College Women’s Basketball team came out slow in the first quarter and they could never recover in their 72-57 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference loss to Kellogg Community College on Wednesday night in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Slow Start Leads to Loss For Lady Red Hawks

It was a rough start for the women as Kellogg outscored the Lady Red Hawks 16-7 in the first quarter. The Lady Bruins then led 34-21 at halftime after Kellogg outscored the Lady Red Hawks 18-14 in the second quarter.  Both teams scored 18 points the third quarter but then Kellogg outscored Lake Michigan 20-18 in the final quarter.  Lake Michigan did make a run and trailed within nine points at the start of the fourth quarter, but could not get any closer before suffering the loss.

For the game, Lake Michigan shot 34% while Kellogg converted on 38% of their shots attempted.  Lake Michigan played a much better second half converting on 43% of their shots but again could not get all the way back against Kellogg, who had their way in the paint outscoring Lake Michigan 48-22.  Lake Michigan did force Kellogg to commit 18 turnovers during the game.

Four players were in double-figures for Lake Michigan, led by sophomore Aymia Flowers who had 13 points. Sophomore LaChelle Knox and freshman Kelly Daly both had 11 points and freshman Erika Mitchell chipped in 10 points. Knox also had a game-high 11 rebounds and both Knox and Flowers had four assists a piece.

After the game, Head Coach, Patrick Daniel stated "Really disappointed in our start and our inability to execute the game plan and in game adjustments after our tough first quarter tonight.  It has been frustrating to watch us not be able to hit open shots in the first quarter the last two ball games and dig ourselves a deep hole that we cannot get out of.  We have to commit to being better and putting in the necessary work and effort to improve how we start the game and playing an entire 40 minutes. Still a long season with 14 conference games left but this needs to be corrected by us all as a team."

The Lady Red Hawks (6-9, 1-3 in MCCAA Western Division) return home on Saturday, January 18, 2020 when they host Muskegon Community College (10-2, 2-1 MCCAA Western Conference).  Tip-off is set for 1:00 PM.