Reed City starts fast, avoids turnovers to beat Red Devils

REED CITY — Reed City coach Brian Koopman enjoyed going through his game statistics and pointing out that his team had only 10 turnovers compared to 20 steals and 15 assists. He also liked the final score that those statistics helped to produce. Alaina Woodard and Karah Hensel led a balanced attack with 12 and 11 points respectively in leading the Coyotes to a 58-42 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) girls basketball victory over Holton Thursday night. Natalie Westhoff and Makenzie Switzer added nine points apiece for the Coyotes, who were coming off a disappointing 59-50 overtime loss to Morley Stanwood on Monday. The Coyote defense was making the steals while the offense was clicking on its passing. “That’s a pretty good steals to assists ratio for us,” Koopman said. “I thought our pressure and our defense came out with a lot of intensity and we played hard. We really took care of the ball. I thought we attacked them and were patient with our shots. Those things paid off.” Woodard had nine of her points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer to ignite Reed City to a 23-10 first-quarter lead. She also hit a triple in the second quarter to help the Coyotes holdback the Red Devils and build a 33-21 halftime bulge. Switzer had seven of her points in the first quarter. “We were working as a team and hustling,” Switzer said, adding that despite the disappointing loss to Morley Stanwood, “we worked really hard to bring it back. We were ready.” The Coyote defense held Holton to three points in the third quarter and built a 42-24 lead going into the fourth. Hensel scored off her own steal late in the quarter to close the scoring for the third period. Holton stayed within striking distance in the fourth with Jaki Stone and Katie Wildfong hitting a pair of triples. Switzer’s 15-footer early in the period gave Reed City a 46-27 margin. Westhoff hit a pair of baskets late in the quarter to give her team a comfortable 52-35 lead. “We turned it over a little bit and were slow and lethargic,” said Holton coach Jayson Robins. “We played a good basketball game (Wednesday) night, so I thought we were warmed up and ready to go when the game started.” Westhoff had 10 steals and also matched Hensel in rebounds with eight. Lauren Voelker and Kayla Davis had five boards apiece. Rachel Younts led Holton with 17 points but only had six in the second half. Reed City, winners in six of its last seven games, improved to 8-6 overall and 8-4 in the league. Holton fell to 3-10 and 4-10. Next Monday night, Reed city plays at Newaygo against a Lions team that edged the Coyotes by three points early this season. “That was early in the season and we were still trying to figure each other out and what to do,” Koopman said. “Now we’re in a lot better shape. We’re playing together and hustling more.” REED CITY 58, HOLTON 42 HL 10 11 03 18 — 42 RC 23 10 09 16 — 58 REED CITY (8-4, 8-6 CSAA) Jacolyn Mullins 0 4-4 4, Natalie Westhoff 4 1-1 9, Alaina Woodard 3(2) 0-0 12, Makenzie Switzer 3(1) 0-1 9, Lauren Voelker 2 4-8 8, Karah Hensel 5 1-2 11, Kayla Davis 0 2-2 2, Hannah Price 0 0-1 0, Lily Heald 1 1-1 3. Totals 18 (3) 13-20 58.