Big first quarter lifts Coyotes past Warriors

Reed City's Cody Kailing (21) looks to make the defensive play.
Reed City's Cody Kailing (21) looks to make the defensive play.

REED CITY — A 21-5 first quarter deficit is tough for any boys basketball to beat.

That was the case for Chippewa Hills which fell behind by 16 points after eight minutes to Reed City on Friday and lost 54-32 in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

Cody Kailing scored 16 points while Karsten Koopman had 12 and Zac Saez added 11 for Reed City (5-1, 4-2). Mitchel Kuzma had 10 points and Seth MacKenzie eight for the Warriors (3-5, 2-3).

“We came out and hit five threes,” Reed City coach JJ

Eads said “I don’t think we’ve done that all year in the first quarter all season, that’s for sure. That got us off to a good start.”

Kailing and Saez had pair of triples in the first quarter while Anthony Pelton had one.

“They shot the lights out in the first quarter,” Chippewa Hills coach Eric McArthur said. “They pulled us out of our zone. After that, defensively, I thought we played pretty well. A 21-5 first-quarter is hard to come back from.”

It was 28-16 at halftime.

“Of course, the second quarter comes along and we only scored seven points,” Eads grinned.

Koopman had a 3-point play in the third for a 33-17 lead; Cade Schafer followed with a basket for the Warriors. But then the Coyotes went on another run. Devin Lodholtz scored on a baseline drive late in the quarter for a 41-21 lead going into the fourth. MacKenzie scored to cut the lead to 44-24 but Brandon Wirth hit a 3-pointer for Reed City at 3:14 for a 52-26 lead. Koopman scored moments later for a 54-28 advantage.

“They defended well as a team against us,” McArthur said. “We couldn’t get anything going on offense.”

Eads acknowledged the Coyotes paid extra attention to MacKenzie, one of the league’s top scorers.

“I thought Cody and Jackson (Price) did a nice job defending him,’ Eads said. “He tore us up twice last year. He’s a special player.”

In CSAA action in Tuesday, Reed City hosted Big Rapids. The Coyotes are home on Friday against Central Montcalm.