Women’s Basketball start the season with major wins
BY JAMES PAXSON
The Schoolcraft Women’s Basketball team entered the season ranked eighth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II pre-season polls and only has hopes of improving this ranking as the season progresses. Thanks to the team’s key returners, strong incoming players and impressive performance so far, the Ocelots should have no problem in achieving this goal.
On Saturday Nov. 7, Schoolcraft played host to Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in a nail biter game. GRCC took control early on with the Ocelots down 37- 22 when the first half ended. Schoolcraft’s offense was not playing up to par and could not get the ball rolling, as their passes looked out of sync, and Grand Rapids had a strong defense that Schoolcraft was just not ready for.
At the second half, the Ocelots showed no mercy getting any rebound they could and forcing GRCC to turn the ball over. Freshmen forwards Jade Smith and Rikki Scherdt took control, as Smith had 14 points and Sherdt had 11 rebounds. The Ocelots clinched the win in the final seconds 55-54, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats the entire time.
“I was very proud of my team to come away with the close win,” said head coach Kara Kinzer.
This victory improved the Ocelots record to 2-0 overall.
Running away with it
The Ocelots opened the season at home opener against Jackson Community College on Nov. 4. It was a packed house and the crowd was buzzing with anticipation to watch the Ocelots.
From the beginning of the game, Schoolcraft controlled Jackson on the court. All offensive strategies were working, and top players came through. The Ocelots dominated in the first quarter, making it look like Jackson was just coasting next to them, 28-8. Following into the second quarter, the Ocelots continued pressing the Jets, only allowing another eight points, taking the half 41-16.
“Once we got a good lead, all the first game jitters went away,” said sophomore guard Ashley Bland. “The team looked incredible in their first half and kept that momentum going into the second half.”
The Ocelots owned the victory against Jackson in their first game of the season with a score of 76-47. Leading the Ocelots in points was freshman guard Jamyra Wilson with 18.
“We played very well, but one thing the team could do much better is rebounding,” said Smith. Scherdt tallied up eight rebounds, followed by sophomore guards T’era Nesbitt and Elise Tolbert with six.
Schoolcraft will play their last game before Thanksgiving break at Owens Community College on Nov. 21. The Ocelots will return on Dec. 2 at Lansing Community College with a full schedule that includes the Thunderwolves Classic Invitational at Niagra County Community College in Niagra Falls, NY. The Invitational is set to take place from Dec. 18 to Dec.19.
For more information on schedules, stats and roster visit MCCAA.org.