Big Rapids girls basketball holds back Reed City

Balanced scoring lifts undefeated BR over Coyotes

REED CITY – Reed City girls basketball suffered a tough loss to Big Rapids on Friday, falling to 0-4 on the year after the 50-26 loss.

The Cardinals built a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and continued the lead throughout the second. Casey Terryn scored for the Coyotes off a steal to make it 16-10. Kelsie Gorczewicz scored off her own steal for a 24-13 halftime lead. She had a triple early in the third for a 29-13 lead.

“It was third quarter,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. “We’ve always had one quarter where we come out flat. We came out flat at halftime. We turned it over right away and they came out and made a couple of baskets. Our energy went down.”

It was 38-17 after three and Hanna Smith’s free throw make it 39-17 to open the fourth. Rylie Haist’s triple made it a 42-17 game. Gorcewicz drove for two moments later. Smith’s triple made it 47-17, followed by a Hadley Fox bucket.

“The kids are still working on some different defensive rotations,” Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. “We made an adjustment at halftime on offense. They did a good job. Their chemistry is pretty good on the floor. They know where we’re at.”

Morgan Hammond had six and Kyleigh Weck five for Reed City.

“Our youthfulness showed tonight,” Beilfuss said. “We got beat up on the glass. Second chance shots is something we talked about.”

The Cardinals are 2-0 in the CSAA. They host Sparta on Tuesday and Comstock Park on Friday.

Reed City is 0-2 and 0-4 and hosts Grant on Friday.