Muskegon Community College traveled to Lake Michigan College in a battle for the Western Conference Championship, but came up short, 61-52.
The first quarter was fast paced and physical and ended with a 16-11 Jayhawk lead. In the second quarter Lake Michigan was able to get scoring chances with offensive rebounds and MCC struggled to break down the zone defense, LMC took a 22-21 lead into the half. The Jayhawks stepped up their defensive intensity in the third quarter forcing Lake Michigan late into the shot clock, but the Red Hawks extended the lead 39-34. In the fourth quarter the intensity stayed the same. The lead went back and forth but at the end MCC was forced to foul and LMC hit some free throws for the final margin of victory.
Sophomore Artrese Williams (Reeths-Puffer HS) led the Jayhawks with 17 points and 4 assists. Delaney Bolles (Reeths-Puffer HS) pulled 18 boards and added 12 points and Mariah Pringle (Brethren HS) contributed 12 points along with 5 boards.
“I’m very proud of the team,” said Head Coach Jason Cooper. “I know we came up short of winning the conference championship this season, but we still have the regional tournament to look forward to. We will be ready on Tuesday.”
MCC finishes the regular season at 14-3, good for second place in the conference, and 23-4 overall. Next up for the Jayhawks is a first round game at home vs. 7th seed Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The game will be played at Bartels Rode Gymnasium on Tuesday, 3/5 at 7:00 pm.