Morley Stanwood turns it on in OT to top Reed City 59-50

MORLEY — It’s tough for a team to win a basketball game when it plays four quarters and its opponent plays five. The Reed City girls basketball team learned that the hard way on Monday night as it lost a Central State Activities Association (CSAA) contest, 59-50, in overtime to the Morley Stanwood Mohawks. The Mohawks (11-2, 9-2 CSAA) let the Coyotes (7-6, 7-4 CSAA) tie the game up at the end of regulation, but in overtime Reed City was outscored 9-0. “During the game I just thought we made some dumb decisions,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “Dumb passes and everything, and we’ve been doing that all year.” Reed City jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and held the Mohawks scoreless for the first three minutes of the contest. Mallory Raven scored the first points of the night for Morley Stanwood, but Jacolyn Mullins was quick to answer for the Coyotes. Both squads struggled offensively in the opening stanza in an extremely physical, hard-nosed contest. Raven got things rolling again with a triple followed by one free throw apiece from Brooke Huested and Phelicia Costie to make it 7-7 with two minutes to play in the first. Lindsey Veersma got a layup to fall and Frye dialed up a three from deep as time expired to give the Mohawks a 14-9 lead going into the second quarter. The second quarter got off to a quick start for Reed City, jumping out to a 9-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. Veersma put the run to an end on a 3-pointer, which started an 8-0 run for the Mohawks. Alaina Woodard got a bucket for the Coyotes, but Veersma got another trey to go, giving the Mohawks a 29-23 lead going intohalftime. “I liked where we were at at halftime, I knew they were going to make a run at us, but the key for us was to keep switching defenses,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “If we stayed in something too long they figured it out. We just have to keep mixing things up and learn to make better decisions.” The Coyotes made up some ground in the third quarter, outscoring the Mohawks 14-12 with five points from Woodard to kick things off. Mackenzie Switzer got a Coyote and-one free throw to go after she was fouled on a layup and Karah Hensel scored two buckets to end the quarter. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, the Mohawks got just enough offense to head into the fourth with a 41-37 lead. Both sides traded points to open the quarter, but the Coyotes would eventually take over. Two Hensel layups made it 50-49 with one minute to play, with the Mohawks barely holding on to their lead. Reed City got a pile of offensive rebounds in the closing quarter, but was unable to convert with less than a minute to go. Raven got a steal and was fouled, but the Mohawks weren’t in the bonus and the Coyotes swiped the inbound pass. Again the Coyotes struggled to score, missing two shots from the right block and Jennie Kizer was finally able to snag a board for Morley Stanwood and was fouled. She missed the free throw with a one-point lead, allowing Hensel to get the board and take it coast-to-coast for the Coyotes. She put up a shot with five seconds left and, much to the dismay of the home crowd, Veersma was called for a foul, putting Hensel at the line with a chance to win the game. Hensel made the first and missed the second, tying the score at 50-50 as time expired in regulation. “In regulation at the end we had easy shots and we just didn’t make them. We’ve got to learn from that,” Koopman said. After being outscored 27-21 in the second half, the overtime period belonged solely to the Mohawks. Overtime was extremely physical both ways, making every single point count. The Mohawks got baskets from Veersma and Raven and clutch free throws from Frye down the stretch to seal the deal at 59-50 for Morley Stanwood. “It was a gritty win, I told the girls at the end of regulation that both teams had a chance to win it and neither of us did,” Raven said. “I thought we came out in overtime and established ourselves. We’re fortunate to win (Monday).” The Mohawks were led by Veersma’s 19-point night and got 13 points from Raven and 10 from Frye in the victory. The Coyotes were paced by Hensel’s 17 points along with 14 from Woodard, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. “The biggest positive (Monday) is that I think we know that we can come from behind and we had a chance to win it,” Koopman said. “The negative thing is we cracked under pressure and threw some dumb passes. We had a chance to win the game and we didn’t.” The Mohawks head to Hesperia on Thursday as the Coyotes take on Holton at home.
MORLEY STANWOOD 59, REED CITY 50 MS 14 15 12 09 09 - 59 RC 09 14 14 13 00 - 50 Morley Stanwood (11-2, 9-2 CSAA) Mikayla Thumser 0(1) 1-2 4, Lindsey Veersma 5(2) 3-4 19, Brooke Huested 3 2-5 8, Phelicia Costie 1-2 1, Marissa Frye 1(1) 5-6 10, Kayla Rosman 1 2, Mallory Raven 4(1) 2-5 13, Jennie Kizer 2-4 2 Reed City (7-6, 7-4 CSAA) Jacolyn Mullins 3 2-2 8, Natalie Westhoff 2 4, Alaina Woodard 3(2) 2-5 14, Mackenzie Switzer 1 1-1 3, Lauren Voelker 1 2, Karah Hensel 7 3-6 17