Lady Pioneers lose fourth consecutive game, bring overall record to 2-6

Lady Pioneers lose fourth consecutive game, bring overall record to 2-6
By Adam Przeslak, sports editor.

The Delta College Lady Pioneers planned to travel to Benton Harbor to take on Lake Michigan College Red Hawks on Dec. 9 but the game was postponed. On Dec. 15 the two teams did get a chance to faceoff on the court.

The Red Hawks and Lady Pioneers were in a tight battle for the first half of the game, even matching each other point-for-point in the second quarter. Delta entered the second half of the game behind by four points with Lake Michigan holding a 32-28 lead over them.

A well-contested third quarter kept the Lady Pioneers in the running for their third victory of the season. However, a lackluster fourth quarter cemented the Lady Pioneers’ defeat and the Red Hawks pulled out a W on their home court. The final score was 71-52 with four of the Lady Pioneers’ points coming in the fourth quarter only to be rivaled by the Red Hawks’ 22 fourth quarter points.

Harmany Williams and Brianna Herner each led the Delta squad in points with 12 while also each chalking up one steal. Rylee Pankow aided the Pioneers with her 9 total rebounds, seven of which came from the defensive side of the ball.

On Dec. 19 the junior varsity of Rochester University traveled to the Pioneer Gym to take on Delta. A very competitive first quarter saw the Lady Pioneers take a two point lead as they entered the second quarter 23-21. However, the second quarter was not as fruitful for the Lady Pioneers offense. Five points from Delta in the second quarter wasn’t enough to keep their lead going into halftime. Rochester took the lead at halftime in a 36-28 fashion.

With the Lady Pioneers stuck playing catch-up throughout the second half they were unable to regain the lead and lost the contest 73-51. Williams led the team in total points once again, this time with 11. Delta center Shallon Grawey contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds. Makoya Denham led the team in rebounds with 8.

Next up for the Lady Pioneers was another home contest against Muskegon Community College on Dec. 21. A low-scoring first half for the Lady Pioneers put them down early on. The Delta squad managed 21 points for the first half while Muskegon 39 points before halftime.

A second half push from Delta’s Lady Pioneers allowed the team to go point-for-point with their opponent in the third quarter, each team placing 15 more points on the board. However, a fourth quarter comeback was a little too late to save the Lady Pioneer’s chance for a victory. Despite the team’s 23 total points in the fourth Delta lost to Muskegon 72-59.

Williams racked up 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Pankow shined on defense once again with 10 total rebounds, eight from defense, two steals and one block. Alexis Sanch came off the bench to supply nine points to the Lady Pioneer’s total.

The Lady Pioneers play next on Jan. 13 when they travel to Mott Community College for a 1:00 P.M. game. Next up for Delta is two divisional home games both slated for 5:30 P.M. start times. The first is against Schoolcraft on Jan. 17 followed by a game against St. Clair County Community College on Jan. 24.

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