Women's hoop team edged at Mott
By Jayden Hewitt
The LCC women’s basketball team lost on the road at Mott Community College, 45-41, on Monday, Nov. 14.
“I think what went wrong that led to the loss is us missing 10 free throws in the fourth quarter,” LCC Head Coach Layne Ingram said. “And not finishing our layups. Both things we can and will improve on.”
Shooting percentages were low for both squads. The Lady Stars shot just 28.3 percent from the field, something Ingram said he doesn’t think will last.
“We are certainly a better team than we’ve shown the last couple of games,” Ingram said. “That is evident by our opening win (80-41 over the Olivet JV). We came out firing on all cylinders and need to get back to that.”
Freshman guard/forward Alivia Densmore led the way for LCC against Mott with 20 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Jasmine Goins had six rebounds as well. Freshman guard Riley Merryfield added three assists for LCC.
Ingram spoke about the strong performance from Densmore.
“I think she had a good game,” Ingram said. “I think she really focused and concentrated on taking it strong to the basket and finishing. There’s still some improvement to be made, but I definitely expect her to continue to play like this, because she works hard and wants to be great.”
Despite the loss, Ingram said he took positives away from the game, and how they can factor into conference play.
“I thought we played pretty good defense for the most part; there wasn’t one player that really hurt us,” Ingram said. “We are always in games at the end with a chance to win, and so I think that’s a positive thing.
“We give ourselves the opportunity (to win), and so our goal for the non-conference season is to get prepared to turn those opportunities into wins in the conference.”
The loss brought the Lady Stars’ record to 1-3 on the season, with conference play yet to start.
LCC’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18 at Niagara County Community College in the NCCC Tip-Off Classic.