Reed City girls defeat Chippewa Hills

Emily Libey drives to the basket.
Emily Libey drives to the basket.

REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team overcame a slow start to continue their winning ways in a 57-13 victory over Chippewa Hills Friday at home.

Nine Reed City players scored in Friday’s game, led by Emily Libey’s 20 points. Kamryn Myers scored 10 while Alison Duddles and Alyssa Olds scored seven and five points, respectively.

Haley Mercer and Izabelle Gutierrez each scored three points for Chippewa Hills (2-7, 0-5).

The Coyotes trailed 2-1 early but closed the first quarter on a 19-4 run to take a 20-6 and established control of the game. Midway through the second quarter, an Alanna Nelson 3-pointer was followed up by a Sidni Rushford basket to give the Coyotes a 28-9 lead. Reed City led 34-12 at halftime.

“We weren’t ready to play in the first two and a half minutes of playing tonight,” head coach Brian Koopman said. “We made some dumb fouls and let people drive and shoot. We have to take care of little things. We can’t let those things happen.”

Reed City turned up the intensity in the second half by disrupting passing lanes and contesting every shot the Warriors could muster. The Coyotes held the Warriors scoreless in the third quarter and outscored them 23-1 in the second half.

“We knew Reed City would be aggressive,” Warriors head coach CJ Blaha said. “They were more aggressive defensively than we imagined. That was a shock to a few of the girls on our team. A few of our girls are working through some injuries, so we’re still trying to figure things out.”

“I think we were starting the press full-court,” Olds said. “Sometimes we would forget but we started to execute it right and really it all came down to that.”

The Warriors remain in search of their first conference victory.

“We just need to figure out who wants to shoot the ball,” Blaha said. “We only had about five or six shots in the second half. We’re standing around on offense and not talking. By Tuesday, we’re hoping to get a little bit better.”

The win kept Reed City among the ranks of the unbeaten as the team looked ahead to matchups with Big Rapids (9-1, 4-1) on Tuesday and Central Montcalm (11-0, 5-0) on Friday. Those two games will go a long way towards determining the CSAA Gold champion.

“Our first priority is to beat Big Rapids,” Olds said. “We just have to come out strong in the first half because we haven’t been doing that lately.”

Reed City 64, Tri County 47

HOWARD CITY – Libey scored 14 points while Alanna Nelson and Myers added 12 apiece to lead undefeated Reed City past Tri County on Tuesday in CSAA Gold action.

Taylor Harrison added 10 for Reed City which led 15-11 after the first quarter, 29-22 at halftime and 44-31 after the third quarter. Reed City had a 20-15 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.

“It was a game where our pressure defense wore them down,” Koopman said. “But we did give up 40 points which is a little disappointing. Things are looking good for us.