Lakers Women’s Basketball Team Performs Well at SC4 Tournament
The Mid Michigan College Lakers Women’s Basketball team entered the St. Clair County Community College (SC4) Tournament ranked #14 in the NJCAA (Division II) with a record of 7-0, and with every intention of adding a pair of wins to their resume.
Coach Rodenbo and the Lakers began play against Erie College. The Lakers defense was stifling early on, as Erie turned the ball over 9 times in the first quarter allowing Mid to build a 23-4 lead, and turned it over 14 times in the first half and the Lakers took a 22 point lead into half time.
The women’s team then blew the game wide open with a 28-11 advantage in the 3rd quarter, and it was smooth sailing from there as Mid coasted to a 86-46 win over Erie College. Savannah Peplinski (Traverse City) led the team in scoring with 26 points shooting 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and 11 of 16 from the floor. Amelia McNutt (East Lansing) also had 18 points shooting 7 of 13 from the floor and 2 of 5 from 3-point land. Steffi Kracko (Dewitt) also turned in a solid performance shooting 6 of 10 from the field which earned her and the team 15 points. Kennedy Crawford (Onaway), Ellie Johnson (Farwell), and Kaitlyn Ray (Big Rapids) all pitched in 8 points each.
After defeating Erie, the Lakers set their sights on Bay College, aiming to remain unscathed through the first nine games of the season. The Lakers started out hot from the field shooting 61% in the first quarter and building up a 10 point lead. They cooled down in the second quarter, but still carried a 16 point lead into the locker room at half time.
Bay College came out determined in the second half, and played tough, but the Lakers remained focused and entered the 4th quarter with a 17 point lead. The charity stripe was generous to Bay College in the 4th quarter, as they shot 11 of 11 from the free throw line, helping them outscore the Lakers 25-13. However, in the end, the Lakers held on for a 80-75 victory.
McNutt shot 7 of 11 from the field and was 4 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line, which was good for a team-high 24 points. Kracko wrapped up a great weekend with 20 points including 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Peplinski eluded foul trouble to contribute 16 points in shooting 5 of 10 from the field. Johnson was the key contributor off the bench shooting an efficient 3 of 3 from deep, good for 9 points in 15 minutes.
The 14th ranked Lakers Women’s Basketball team look to continue their early season success and remain unbeaten as their season continues.
Lakers Men’s Basketball Continues Successful Season at GRCC Tournament
The Mid Michigan College Lakers Men’s Basketball team entered the GRCC Tournament weekend with just a 2-1 record, but felt they had something to prove. The tournament began with Mid taking on Wayne County Community College (WCCC).
The Lakers got off to a hot start and built up a 22 point lead at the half. Things slowed down in the second half, and Wayne County fought their way back, outscoring the Lakers 54-39 in the second half. However, in the end WCCC fell short, thanks in large part to the Lakers hot shooting with a 10 of 20 performance from beyond the 3-point arc.
Mid was led in scoring by Jaylen Rutherford (Davison), the second-hottest scorer in the NJCAA’s Division II nationwide, with 26 points, shooting 11 of 18 from the field and 2 of 2 from beyond the 3-point line. Rutherford, at the time of the game, led the NJCAA Division II in scoring, and is now in second place within the division. The Lakers also had key contributions from Dre Tuominen (Negaunee), Areon Evans (Toledo, OH), and Javel Lewis Jr. (Delta) who each chipped in 11 points, while Kegan Brooks (Cadillac) also added 10 points of his own in the Laker victory.
Following the victory over Wayne County, Coach House and the team shifted their attention to Mott Community College, who came into the tournament ranked #4 in the NJCAA Division II. The Lakers cooled off from 3 point land the second day of the tournament, and found themselves trailing the top 5 ranked Mott by a single point at the half. They made the necessary halftime adjustments and took the lead 58-56 with 10:23 to play in the game and never looked back.
While outscoring Mott in the second half 39-32, Rutherford scored 12, Tuominen 11, and Lewis 10. Rutherford accumulated 23 points on the day, leading the Lakers, and Tuomenen added a solid 17 point performance.
This victory capped off a 2-0 weekend in Grand Rapids for Mid including an impressive victory over a top 5 ranked Mott team who came in to the tournament 4-0 and left 4-2 following defeats at the hands of Grand Rapids Community College and your Mid Michigan College Lakers.
“From being full-time students to attending practices and games, and from staying on top of their studies to working part-time jobs, Mid’s student-athletes go above and beyond, and all of us at Mid are proud of their accomplishments,” noted Ryan Harkrader, Mid Michigan College Athletic Director.
Currently, Mid supports eight NJCAA teams: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s bowling.