Bay women fall to Mott

Norse cool off after big 1st quarter

PORT HURON — The Bay College women’s basketball team got off to a hot start Friday night but couldn’t hold on as Mott Community College came back to beat the Norse 66-62.

Despite the loss Bay coach Rae Drake, Jr. was very pleased with the way his team played.

“We played extremely hard against a team that was extremely quick,” said Drake. “I was proud of our girls. They played hard but we just didn’t have enough to get over the hump.”

The Norse got off to a hot start as they outscored Mott 25-5 in the first quarter and were really sharing the ball and getting open shots.

“We were just moving well,” said Drake.

“They really struggled guarding us in their man-to-man defense. We were getting good looks at the basket.”

With a change in defensive philosophy Mott turned the tables in the second quarter outscoring the Norse by 12 and cut the deficit to 30-24 at halftime.

“They switched their defense up in the second quarter and went to a zone,” said Drake.

“That caused a lot of problems for us. We then settled for threes.

“We were stagnant in the second against a zone that I thought we could have beaten.”

Mott kept the momentum going with a big third quarter where it took a 49-43 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Norse outscored Mott in the fourth quarter 19-17 but it wasn’t enough.

Jordan Kraemer had a big night for Bay with 30 points and 13 rebounds.

“Jordan Kraemer is a fine basketball player and is a great competitor,” said Drake.

“She really attacked the basket really well. When people have to play off her, that leaves her open for jump shots.”

Teidra Fuson added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Norse.

Bay plays again today against St. Clair County Community College at Port Huron.