Reed City girls slip past Grant

Alison Duddles tries to stop the inbounds.
Alison Duddles tries to stop the inbounds.

REED CITY — Grant’s girls basketball team has had the habit lately of playing against some of the top opponents in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division better than its record might indicate. That was the case against Reed City on Friday.

Reed City (13-4, 7-3) overcame an upset bid by Grant (4-12, 2-8) for a 48-42 win.

“I know Grant’s better and I knew when they came in they’d want to beat us,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “They didn’t have their big girl (Kylie Patton) the first time we played them and she played this time. I thought we did well defensively for the most part.”

Grant built an early 10-4 lead. Kamryn Myers got the Coyotes back in the game with a 3-point play. The Tigers were up 14-11 after the first eight minutes.

Reed City took over the lead in the second quarter. Taylor Harrison had a half-court drive for a layup and 19-14 Reed City lead with 1:45 to go in the quarter. The Coyotes were up 22-18 at halftime.

Myers had a 3-point play at 4:30 for a 27-22 Coyote lead and later connected again for a 29-24 lead. Jill Arends cut it to two points with a 3-pointer. Taylor Harrison’s 3-pointer made it 33-29 at 1:05, which is how it stood going into the third.

Grant’s Brooklyn Pressler scored at 5:59 to tie the game 33-33.

On offense, the Coyotes were getting good looks but struggling to make their shots. Kylie Pattson’s two free throws at 5:04 gave Grant a 35-33 lead. Jordyn Storch hit a free throw and Alison Duddles followed with a layup off a pass from Libey.

Arends hit a 3-pointer for Grant and Storch followed with one for Reed City and 39-38 lead at 3:10. Storch scored off her own steal for a 41-38 edge. Alyssa Olds scored inside at 1:49 for a 43-38 lead. Myers hit two free throws with 38 seconds to play for a 45-40 lead.

A technical foul was called on Olds and Arends hit two free throws.

With 18.6 seconds to go, Olds hit a free throw for a 46-42 lead and Grant threw the ball away. Libey put the game away with a putback.

“Tonight I thought our defense was pretty good.” Koopman said. “I thought with our offense, in the moment we’re like in a rut. We forced them up too much. We have to take control of the ball better and make smarter decisions.”

Myers had 14 points and Libey 12 for Reed City.

“I thought overall, the kids came in tonight and did a nice job,” Koopman said. “In the last two minutes I thought the kids did an outstanding job. We drew an out of bounds play, ran it to a T. got a layup, and got a steal and a layup. At the end of the third, we made bad decisions and forced the ball. We have to do a better job of taking care of the ball.”

Nicole Whan had 10 points for Grant.

“We worked hard and pulled out a good win,” Libey said. “Grant’s gotten better. We slowed the plays down a little bit and didn’t rush things.”

The Coyotes were slated to be home with CSAA Gold opponent Tri County on Tuesday. They play at Chippewa Hills on Friday.