Lady Pioneers drop the ball at start of season

Lady Pioneer Isabelle Baranski shoots for a layup during the home game against Mid Michigan College on Wednesday, Nov. 6. (Maddie Fordos/Photographer)

By Kelvin Butler, reporter.

UNIVERSITY CENTER – The Delta College women’s basketball team has had a shaky start to the 2019/2020 season so far, with two losses and one win.

On their first home game Wednesday, Nov. 6, the team played against Mid Michigan Community College and lost 49-73 in a classy showing from Mid Michigan.

Their two best players Amelia McNutt and Allison Heck scored 23 and 20 points, respectively. With that, the Pioneers were down 43-24 at halftime.

“Today was more about a bad Delta team then a good Mid Michigan team,” says head coach Sean Williams. “Mid Michigan played well, but Mid Michigan isn’t 20 points better than us. This game was an ego check for the ladies.”

While in the locker room during halftime, Williams told the ladies “to focus on the small details.”

Then in the second half, they came out and played a lot better in defense, and had a lot more hustle plays. This led to more steals and fast break points for the Pioneers, enough to where they kept up with Mid Michigan the whole second half.

This made the second half a more competitive game. But they were down so much to where keeping up with the competition didn’t cut the deficit that much.

“We [have] a lot to work on footwork, conditioning, floor spacing, shot selection; everything needs to be better,” says Williams.

Williams did have some positive things to say about the Lady Pioneers, though.

“Some players had good moments and gave us some good play off the bench,” says Williams. “But no one played good or stood out on the court.”

The women’s basketball faces off against Jackson College Saturday, Nov. 23. Hopefully by then, they have turned the tide and become a powerhouse in the MCCAA (Michigan Community College Athletic Association) conference.

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