Reed City girls fall behind early in 54-46 loss to Newaygo

REED CITY — When Reed City girls basketball coach Brian Koopman looks at his squad, he sees a team that hasn’t been able to put together a full game just yet. That happened to the Coyotes once again Thursday as they fell into an early hole and were not able to dig themselves out in a 54-46 loss to Newaygo in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) play. “I thought Newaygo came out ready to play and we looked flat,” Koopman said. “That’s kind of been our thing this year. Sometimes we come ready to play at half or we only play part of the game. Right now, the bottom line is we’re just not flowing.” Reed City (2-4, 2-2 CSAA) fell behind early as the Lions were able to take an 8-4 lead following the end of the first quarter. The Coyotes bounced back in the second quarter as they cut the Newaygo lead to 16-15 after Reed City ended an 11-8 scoring run with a 3-pointer from Makenzie Switzer with just under four minutes to go before the half. The two teams traded points the rest of the quarter to send the Lions into the half with a 22-21 lead. Reed City came out strong in the third quarter with a 9-6 run to take a 30-28 lead after two free throws from Jacolyn Mullins and a layup by Switzer, but Newaygo closed out the quarter with a 7-2 run to take a 35-33 lead into the fourth quarter. With Newaygo leading 38-33 early in the quarter, Natalie Westhoff, Hanna Price and Mullins made consecutive field goals to trim the Newaygo lead to 42-39 with 4:53 left to play, but the Lions outscored the Coyotes 12-7 the rest of the way to secure the 54-46 victory. “Give Newaygo credit because they came in and hustled and played hard,” Koopman said. “We just kind of played scared.” One area the Coyotes continued to struggle at on Thursday was in their free-throw shooting, as the Coyotes made just seven-of-25 of their attempts at the charity stripe. “We’ve struggled there,” Koopman said. “Right now, our team average is around 42 percent and that’s not good. “Offensively, I thought we had some good looks at the basket (Thursday),” he continued. “But we shot 19-of-56. We got a lot of good looks, but we just couldn’t make the shots.” Mullins led the Coyotes with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Westhoff had nine points and seven rebounds and Price had seven points. The Coyotes are back in action on Jan. 6 with a road matchup against Lakeview. NEWAYGO 54, REED CITY 46 RC 04 17 12 13 - 46 NE 08 14 13 19 - 54 Reed City (2-4, 2-2 CSAA) Hanna Price 3 1-5 7, Skiler Brigham 1 0-1 2, Jacolyn Mullins 4 5-7 13, Natalie Westhoff 4 1-2 9, Alaina Woodard 1 0-4 2, Makenzie Switzer 1 (1) 0-0 5, Kayla Davis 1 0-0 2, Karah Hensel 3 0-1 6