MUSKEGON – The Muskegon Community College Lady Jayhawks raced to a double-digit lead then held on for dear life in the second half on Tuesday night.

In the end, the Jayhawks earned a hard fought 60-56 victory over the Hope College JV team in a game played at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

The Jayhawks led 22-18 after one quarter then went on a 14-0 run through the first seven minutes of the second quarter to take a 36-18 lead.  Trouble was, that would be the end of the scoring for MCC in the opening half as Hope scored the next eight points to pull within 36-26 at the half.

In the final quarter, Hope continued to chip away at the lead, but the Lady Jayhawks kept their composure down the stretch to preserve their second victory in three games. Hope outscored MCC 30-24 in the second half.

MCC head coach Jason Cooper

“What a tough win tonight against a good team,” MCC coach Jason Cooper said. “The team came together tonight. We were better on defense than we have been in our previous games.”

MCC also had a better game on the boards.

“We are still learning as a team, but I’m happy with our progress tonight,” he said.

Ty’veonna Davis led the way for MCC with 22 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two assists. Gaby Reeve added 11 points and three rebounds.

Arrionna Williams chipped in nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Ari Phillips added seven points. Maiya Hill pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with seven points, five assists and three steals.

The Jayhawks will host Cornerstone University on Thursday.