By Brodee Gillam
The women's basketball team looked like the Golden State Warriors in its first game, hitting 13 threes on its way to a 95-65 opening night victory against Oakland CC on Nov. 3.
The Stars slipped up in their next game against Mott CC. They led for most of the game before losing 92-82 on Nov. 15.
LCC Head Coach Layne Ingram said the 1-3-1 zone is a strong addition to the Stars defense.
"We're a super athletic team," Ingram said. "You got (sophomores) Kelsey (Finch) and Sarah (Schultz) who are wildly athletic, who have super long arms and are very aggressive. You got (freshman) Jessie (Taylor) who can play that sideline-to-sideline position.
"(Against Mott) the first time we ran it we got the turnover we wanted, but we missed the layup. … It's definitely going to be a game-changer and I like to run it out of timeouts when the teams aren't expecting it and trap to get an easy layup."
Sophomore Lindsay Crim, who scored four points against Mott, said the defense is improving but the rebounding needs work.
"Against Mott we didn't play very good defense and that's been a struggle for us, so we definitely need to keep working on that," Crim said. "I thought we played better help defense but our rebounding is really bad right now. Without a post player, it's not an excuse, but we need to step up as guards and get those rebounds."
Sophomore Destiny Bonds, who has been struggling with injuries this season, said even though the Stars lost, there are a few bright spots to build on.
"At first we started slow but then we picked it up as a team and that's when grabbed the lead by 14," Bonds said. "We had good spurts where we communicated. We're a short team so we get outrebounded a lot; we did get outhustled on plays, too.
"Our defense is pretty good, but we should work on help-side defense. … Our on-the-ball defense is really good, but once we do get beat we have to work on helping the next person."
The Stars were scheduled to play against St. Clair CC at home on Nov. 18. The team's next game is at Albion College JV on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.