The 18th ranked Muskegon Community College defeated the Monarchs of Macomb Community College by a score of 65-51 to capture the MCCAA State Championship. This is the first State Championship for the Jayhawk basketball team since 1991 and the first Conference Championship since 2011.
The Jayhawks jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead with Iyana Brown (Fruitport HS) pouring in 11 points in the first quarter. The second quarter was mostly the Monarchs; Muskegon had a rough shooting quarter with only 7 points total. That sent Macomb into the locker room with a 33-27 half time lead. The third quarter was the best for the Jayhawks as they shut down Macomb’s leading scorer, holding her to only 4 second half points. Muskegon continued to play shut down defense in the fourth quarter and they coasted to the victory.
Elysia Mattos (Reeths-Puffer HS) was the high scorer for the Jayhawks with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Brown finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals and Tierra Williams (Muskegon HS) chipped in with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Delaney Bolles (Reeths-Puffer HS) dominated the boards with 17 rebounds and Ashantai Hale-Sandifer (Kalamazoo Loy Norrix HS) came off the bench and grabbed 7 rebounds.
“I am so incredibly proud of this team for battling back in the second half. We faced some adversity in the 1st half, but they never gave up,” said Head Coach Amanda Parker. “We got back to Jayhawk basketball by defending and rebounding and it made a huge difference. It is truly amazing what this team has accomplished with only 8 active players all year.”
MCC received a bye into the semi-final round of the Region XII Tournament and they will take the court at 3:00 pm at St. Clair County Community College on Friday, 3/9.