Coyotes defense leads to win

WATCH OUT: Reed City's Makenzie Switzer (left) tries to drive past a Lakeview defender during Friday's basketball action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
WATCH OUT: Reed City's Makenzie Switzer (left) tries to drive past a Lakeview defender during Friday's basketball action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Reed City improves to 13-3 overall

REED CITY – Neither team could find the offensive fire Friday night.

But Reed City played the better defense and wound up with a 52-41 Central State Activities Assocation girls basketball victory over Lakeview.

It was a battle of two of the top CSAA teams. Lakeview fell to 8-5 in the league and 10-5 overall. The Coyotes are 12-2 in the CSAA and 13-3 overall.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well but we played pretty good defense,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “But we played pretty good defense. I tell the kids if you keep somebody in the 30s low 40s, you’ll be in the game. After a great night against Morley Stanwood (Wednesday), we came out flat. I don’t know why.”

“We didn’t get the extra passes like we should have been like we did against Morley (Stanwood) the other night,” said Reed City junior Jacolyn Mullins. “But we’re tired because of the three games a week.”

Reed City’s defense limited Lakeview to four baskets from the floor in the first half as the Coyotes built a 28-13 lead after the first two quarters.

Kalee Hensel snuck inside for a basket at 5:55 and 32-17 lead in the third. Lakeview cut the deficit to single digits during the third quarter. Alaina Woodard scored at 1:19 for a 36-25 Coyote advantage and Karah Hensel followed with a 17-footer moments later.

In the fourth, the Coyotes started to hang onto the ball in the final minutes and force Lakeview to foul.

Two Emma Lockhart free throws for a 50-41 lead sealed the victory.

The Coyotes fired out to an 11-5 lead after the first quarter with five Reed City players scoring.

The Coyotes had eight different players contribute in a 17-8 second-half scoring margin. Lockhart scored off a steal for a 16-7 lead.

Both teams struggled shooting in the first half but Reed City, which had 16 scoreless possessions in the first quarter, was able to gain the edge defensively.

Late in the first half, Woodard scored off the glass for a 24-9 lead.

“The first half was awful for us,” said Lakeview coach Dave King.

“We played with very little effort. I thought, in the first half, we came out flat. Our second half effort was 100 percent. We started playing hard.”

Kalee Hensel led Reed City with 12 points. Lockhart had seven steals and three assists. Mullins contributed seven rebounds while Kalee Hensel had six, and Karah Hensel and Westhoff added five each.

Andrea Henry led Lakeview with 12 points.

“This is always a hard place to play,” King said.

Reed City is home Tuesday against Chippewa Hills.


Lakeview 5 8 14 14 — 41

Reed City 11 17 10 14 — 52

Lakeview (8-5, 10-5)

Andrea Henry 3 6-7 12, Estelle Molitor 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Lint 3 4-4 10, Maddie Shurlow0(1) 0-0 3, Becca Mathews 0 0-0 0, Lauren Jacquays 2 4-6 8, Saddie Massie 2 2-2 6. Totals 11(1) 15-19 41.

Reed City (12-2, 13-3)

Kalee Hensel 3 6-9 12, Karah Hensel 2 5-6 9, Tia Lintemuth 2 3-6 7, Natalie Westhoff 2 0-0 4, Emma Lockhart 3 2-5 8, Makenzie Switzer 0 0-0 0, Jacolyn Mullins 1 0-0 2, Alaina Woodard 4 0-0 8, Kayla Davis 1 0-0 2, Alex Donley 0 0-0 0 Totals. 18 16-26 52.


Lakeview 30 (Jacquays 10, Henry 6, Shurlow 6); Reed City 38, Mullins 7, Kalee Hensel 6,Westhoff 5, Karah Hensel 5