Women’s college basketball
Belles end year with MIAA loss
The Saint Mary’s basketball team lost in the semifinal of the MIAA Tournament to top-seeded and fifth-ranked Calvin 78-50 on the road in Grand Rapids, Mich. Thursday night.
The Knights scored on five of their first seven possessions of the game and never relinquished the lead.
Plymouth grad Jessica Centa closed out her basketball career with 10 points to lead the Belles along with teammate Kelley Murphy.
The Belles finished the season at an even 13-13.
Slow 1st half hurts Lady Chargers
Ancilla scored just 17 points in the first half of their road game against Grand Rapids Community College, and that slow start proved to be too big of a hole for the Chargers to emerge from. The Lady Chargers lost to the Lady Raiders 79-49 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference play.
Ancilla (1-22, 1-13 MCCAA West) shot just 19 percent in the first half and was down 39-17 at the break.
The Chargers were led by Brittany Cook, who had 23 points and eight rebounds, followed by North Judson grad Rebecca Bunkowfst with 12 points on the night.
The Lady Chargers will be back at home on Saturday for a game against Kellogg Community College. Tipoff for the game is at 1 p.m. at the LifePlex. Saturday is also Sophomore Day, and the second year student-athletes will be honored before the game.
Men’s college basketball
Great shooting not enough for Ancilla
The Ancilla men were in a high-scoring battle on the basketball court last night with more than 200 points scored between both teams. But the Chargers got the worst of it, losing at Grand Rapids Community College 114-90 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference play.
Ancilla (10-14, 4-10 MCCAA West) had two players finish the night with 58 points between them as Joby Renbarger scored 38 points for the Chargers and Marc Constable added another 20.
It was the 3-point shooting by the Raiders that spelled the difference. Grand Rapids (16-8, 11-3 MCCAA West) — the second place team in the MCCAA West — made a season-high 20 3-point shots and finished with 33 assists.
The Chargers will close out the regular season at home on Saturday when they take on Kellogg Community College (8-17, 4-10 MCCAA West) at 3 p.m. at the LifePlex. A win would secure a sixth place finish in the MCCAA West for Ancilla, which would be their highest finish since 2007-2008 and would match their second highest finish ever in conference. Saturday is also Sophomore Day, where the second year student-athletes will be honored before the game.