Local Sports Journal
The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team’s recent slump is a thing of the past.
The Jayhawks have won three games in a row, following Saturday’s 81-68 victory over Ancilla College and Monday’s 79-59 win over Jackson Community College.
MCC is now 11-7 overall and 4-3 in MCCAA Western Conference play.
On Monday, the Jayhawks trailed 37-35 at halftime but made key adjustments in the second half to take control of the game. Despite being outrebounded by Ancilla 49-40, the Jayhawks were able to maintain ball control. Ancilla had 27 turnovers compared to 13 for MCC.
The Jayhawks played unselfishly with 21 assists in the contest.
Morgan Giddings had 16 points, seven assists, and was a major disruption for Ancilla’s offense with eight steals. Freshman Brittany Todd had a career-high 12 points coming off the bench while Katie McKinnon scored 11.
On Monday, the Jayhawks outrebounded Jackson 55-32, with 21 boards on the offensive end. That allowed MCC to score 23 second chance points, compared to three for Jackson.
Abby Rodriguez paced MCC with 18 points, Dani Jones added 15 points and 12 rebounds while McKinnon had 11 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Taylor Brown also turned in a well-rounded effort, collecting nine points, eight rebounds and six assists. Brown has been a key component in the Jayhawks’ recent success, according to MCC Coach Rob Recknagel.
“Taylor has really stepped up her game lately,” he said. “Her speed and athleticism have been raised a notch through her hard work.”