Coyote girls fall to Manistee, Tri County

HOWARD CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team fell to 0-13 with Friday’s 56-24 loss to Tri County.

Tri County led 23-14 at halftime and outscored Reed City 32-10 in the final half.

“They didn’t miss very many shots and made all their free throws,” Reed City coach Bruce Koopman said of Tri County. “I thought our defense was pretty decent. I thought we were in the game (at halftime). We made some adjustments. We just didn’t make some shots.”

Megan Donley had seven points for Reed City, while Hanna Price scored five.

“In the second half, we just didn’t play defense,” Koopman said. “Give Tri County credit, they were on fire. They didn’t miss many shots.”

Tri County was led by Jenna DeGeer with 14 points.

Reed City, 0-13, played Tuesday at Morley Stanwood and is home with Newaygo Friday.

Manistee 51, Reed City 19

Reed City varsity girls basketball entered a contest against Manistee Jan. 27 hoping for an upset.

Manistee, who was rated at No. 8 in Class B in the latest Associated Press rankings, rode its hot streak into the match up against the Coyotes, who have not won a game all season, jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter.

Midway through the first, the Chippewas had a 13-2 lead over the Coyotes. Manistee was able to get the early leg up after junior Emily Thompson sank a three-pointer, which was immediately followed by a Manistee steal and a quick basket with 4:24 left in the quarter.

The halftime score read 30-6 in Manistee’s favor. Freshman guard Alyssa Olds had four points for the Coyotes, junior Emma Burns had six for the Chippewas at the half.

Reed City found more room on the outside, but failed to capitalized on the shot opportunities, falling behind 49-8 at the end of the third quarter.

The Coyotes cut into their deficit late in the fourth quarter after a pair of three-pointers by Price and senior Skiler Brigham, but Manistee has the victory in place.

“I was disappointed to be honest, we didn’t come out to compete and that bothered me a little bit,” Koopman said. “Biggest thing (moving forward) is that we need to come out and have confidence in our shot. We’re not a bad team, we just have to keep plugging away.”

The Chippewas moved to 13-1 on the season.

Pioneer sportswriter Richard Mead contributed to this report.