Red Hawks are on a roll

Women's #10, Jade Mosier
Men's #3, Bryce Saxton

Red Hawks are on a roll

By Tom O’Neill

            Lake Michigan College’s two basketball teams are on a roll. The women      (4-1/13-3) are on a four-game winning streak after dropping their conference opener to Mid Michigan. The men (5-1/9-8) have posted three in a row, putting themselves in second place behind nationally-ranked Ancilla College (6-0/16-1).

            The women breezed to a 91-48 victory over Kellogg Community College on January 22, a game postponed on three different occasions. The Lady Hawks are tied with Muskegon at 4-1 in conference. The two have a date in Muskegon January 27. In between is a road trip to Glen Oaks (0-5/1-13) January 24, the same day Muskegon faces conference leader, Mid-Michigan.

            Emily Atsinger was on fire from the three-point arc against Kellogg, hitting four in the first quarter. Combined with Raasheedah Harris’ five buckets, the Hawks were off to a to a 30-9 lead. LMC’s intensity lacked in the second and third quarters, but still outscored the Bruins 33-27. Atsinger added 11 points in the fourth totaling 32 for the game. Harris finished with 15 points and 11 assists while Jade Mosier had another double double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

            “I’m happy we’ve won all of our home games, going 8-0,” LMC coach Patrick Daniel stated. The Hawks forced 29 turnovers. “It all starts with defense,” explained Daniel. “When we play our defense, we’ll force a lot of turnovers.”

            Coach Jeremy’s Schaffer’s squad changed up the pace on Kellogg in the second half and cruised to a 79-57 victory. The Hawks had 13 steals, five by Bryce Sexton. “He’s so quick and opposing players don’t see him coming,” Schaffer said.

            Deion Gatson, averaging 10.8 points a game, left the game after four minutes in the first half with an ankle injury. Gavin Rassler, averaging 18.5 points, sprained an ankle last Friday but tried to make a go in the first half. It wasn’t to be, forcing Schaffer to rely on his bench. Adam Nicks had 15 points and Ajani Parker 11 supporting starters James Smith (22 points) and Malik Hall (17 points and 11 rebounds).

Women beat Lansing by 22

            The Lady Red Hawks got the ball into the hands Jade Mosier January 19 and walked away with an 82-60 victory. Mosier had 24 points and 17 rebounds. Atsinger added 17 points and Harris 13. Miriah Mireles had 10 assists.

            LMC was up 19-12 after the first quarter, but Lansing took the lead at halftime, 38-34. The Lady Hawks responded in the third quarter, outscoring the Stars 23-9 and then 25-13 in the fourth.

            “We woke up after the first half, noted Daniel. “We held them to 27 percent shooting in the second half.” The Hawks also out-rebounded Lansing 47-34.  The Stars fell to 3-3 in conference after the loss.

Men score 100 against Lansing

            Rassler scored 23 points as the Hawks used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Stars 100-79. Parker, off the bench, scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half. Hall had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Gaston, Saxton and Smith joined him with 14 points each.

            LMC took a 52-44 lead into halftime. “I challenged them at halftime,” Schaffer said. “We had to get stops.” The Hawks responded, finishing the game with nine steals and just 11 turnovers. As for Parker’s second half performance, Schaffer said “He has a lot of fun on the floor. He can change the game.”

Women escape Grand Rapids with 64-59 win

            Mosier scored 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead LMC to the road win January 17.  The Hawks jumped out to a 26-10 first quarter lead but the Raiders chipped away, outscoring LMC 13-12 in the second, 18-14 in the third and 18-12 in the fourth.

Daniel said he was proud of the team’s defensive execution in the first half, “and then making key shots and free throws down the stretch to get the win.” The Hawks went to the charity line 23 times, sinking 20.

Men beat Raiders 89-81

            LMC outscored Grand Rapids 48-42 in the fourth quarter for the road win. Rassler had 22 points, Gatson 18, Saxton 14, Smith and Parker 12 each. Hall pulled down 10 rebounds.