Reed City girls set for rematch against Big Rapids

Rematch pressure: Emma Lockhart drives to the basket for Reed City in recent action. (Herald review/John Raffel)
Rematch pressure: Emma Lockhart drives to the basket for Reed City in recent action. (Herald review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team will bid for revenge at Big Rapids against the Cardinals Friday night.

The Coyotes fell 52-42 to Big Rapids in December.

“The kids have lot of game time under their belts and are playing with a lot of confidence,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “Obviously, it’s a big game Friday. When the two of us go together, it’s like Michigan vs. Ohio State, throw the records out the door and come to play.

“They’ll have their A game and hopefully we will too. Hopefully we shoot the ball better than we did last Friday night.”

The girls basketball team totaled 33 steals en route of a 65-45 victory over Central Montcalm on Friday.

“I think we shot something like 28 percent,” Koopman said. “We dominated the game. We rebounded well. We had a lot of steals. We missed the easy shots. I can’t complain about the shots. We couldn’t get them to go down. It happens.

“Hopefully we won’t have a game like that Friday.”

Leading the defensive effort was Kalee Hensel, who recorded 10 steals to go along with 17 points. Emma Lockhart finished with 15 points, nine steals and six assists and Natalie Westhoff poured in 10 points.

Karah Hensel led the team in rebounding with six boards.

Though Reed City only outscored the Hornets 10-4 in the third quarter to take a 41-23 lead into fourth quarter, and that proved to be the difference maker, said Koopman.

“The third quarter, we went to a straight-up halfcourt man-to-man defense and we allowed only one field goal and two free throws and that opened the game up for us,” he said.

The Coyotes are now 8-2 overall and 7-1 in the Central State Activities Association.

Reed City was in action Tuesday when it travels to White Cloud.

A strong start lifted the Reed City girls basketball team to a 67-30 victory over Hesperia on Tuesday.

The Coyotes led 22-8 at the end of the first quarter and never look back.

Lockhart led Reed City with 15 points, seven assists and five steals. Kalee Hensel finished with 14 points, four assists and three steals, while Karah Hensel, Alex Donley and Jacolyn Mullins each netted six points.

Koopman was upbeat on how his team played during the week.

“The Hesperia game is Hesperia, it’s hard to get kids motivated,” Koopman said. “I think Hesperia is playing better basketball. That’s Hesperia.

“Central Montcalm was a physical game. I thought it was a game we dominated defensively.

We had 33 steals and 37 rebounds, but we didn’t capitalize and missed a lot of easy shots in transition. Our defense was steady and created some turnovers.”