The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team ended its regular season with an 83-81 loss to Jackson Community College Friday night. LSJ Logo incert

MCC came out slow and lacked energy in the first, but managed to keep it close, trailing 20-18 after one quarter.

The Jets extended their lead to 39-35 going into the second half, but the Jayhawks found their groove in the third quarter.

MCC rebounded better, got out in transition and took advantage of Jackson foul trouble to gain the lead. The Jayhawks outscored the Jets 27-18 in the third to grab a 62-57 lead.

The lead wouldn’t last, however, as Jackson stormed back with a 26-19 fourth quarter advantage.

MCC Coach Amanda Parker was not pleased with her team’s performance.

“This game was 100% unacceptable,” said Parker, who added that team defense will be a focal point in practice leading up to the postseason tournament.

Bailey Freeland led the Jayhawks with 19 points. Morgan Giddings scored 16 to go with four assists. Kelsy Hackbardt had 11 points and five steals while Brittany Todd had eight points and seven rebounds.