By Joseph Hayes
It was the perfect win for a Friday night.
The St. Clair County Community College women’s basketball team earned a 59-55 victory over Bay College Friday in the opening game of the Skippers Holiday Basketball Classic at SC4 Fieldhouse.
Keishawna McGruder scored a game-high 27 points to pace the Skippers, to go along with seven rebounds and four steals in the non-conference victory.
“I was leaning on my teammates,” McGruder said. “When I first came out I was a little flat. I wasn’t driving. I leaned on my teammates. If I missed a layup, I can depend on my teammates.
“It’s nice to show different looks and it’s more than just one scorer. It’s all apart of the game. We have fun with each other.”
HaLaya Cato scored 16 points for the Skippers and Brooklyn Taylor added 11 for SC4 (3-5).
Holly Wardynski and Taylor Hunter each scored 10 points for Bay College (7-2), which hails from Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula.
Bay College led 16-9 after the first quarter and 29-24 at halftime, before SC4 began to come on strong in the second half.
McGruder would lead the way, taking the ball to the rim, where she would convert on 10 of 21 shots.
SC4 went on a 21-15 run over the course of the third quarter and outscored Bay College, 14-11, down the stretch.
Late in the game, when the Skippers needed free throws, they made several to close the game out and enjoyed an overall successful quarter (10 of 14).
“We are very capable making free throws,” SC4 coach Chris Huss said. “We haven’t always done it. But we can make them. We actually only had two field goals in the fourth quarter, but our free throws helped us.
“I thought we did very well with their pressure. We went through it last year.”
SC4 will return home at 3 p.m. Saturday against Erie College. After the game, the Skippers will hit the road for four straight next week.
Key stats: Rebounds: Bay College 46, SC4 24. Turnovers: Bay College 30, SC4 17