Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College womens basketball squad ran out to a big lead Saturday afternoon over visiting Kellogg Community College and then held on to nab the 61-54 victory.

The Jayhawks (9-6, 2-3) jumped out to an early 13-3 lead and never looked back.

MCC never trailed and built its biggest lead to 17 late in the 2nd half before the Bruins surged back to cut the lead to single digits. KCC’s run was silenced by four Taylor Brown (Grant High School) free throws to cap the win.

Brown, a freshman guard, played an exceptional floor game with 14 points and five assists, while also coming down with 15 rebounds.

“These rebounds were key in denying Kellogg crucial second chances offensively,” said MCC head coach Rob Racknagel.

Brown credited her commitment to lifting and dedication to building muscle weekly in routine Jayhawks workouts to her big rebounding game

“Our lifting and circuit workouts have made a big difference,” said Brown. “I can see the changes in my strength and it gives me confidence to mix it up and take contact in the paint”.

“Taylor has made great strides in building basketball strength,” added Racknagel.

Shelby High School grad Abby Rodriguez also played a great game with perfect shooting from the floor. Rodriguez when 6-for-6 in two-point field goals and 3-for-3 from behind the three-point arc en route to a game-high 18 points.

“Abby is a gamer,” said Recknagel. “She always rises to a challenge. She is a great shooter.”

Jayhawk sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant High School) added 10 points and seven rebounds in the victory.