Coyotes finding their identity

REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team moved into second place of the Central State Activities Association with victories last week over Hesperia and Lakeview.

On Saturday against Hesperia, Reed City prevailed 70-28. It was 31-7, Reed City, after the first quarter and 44-16 at halftime and 62-21 after the third quarter.

Jared Holmquist had 14 points and eight rebounds for Reed City, followed by Chad Samuels and Trent Sims with 12 points each and Dakota Saez with nine. Glen Ryder was credited with five rebounds. Josh Justin had five assists while Holmquist had four assists and three steals.

“We knew Hesperia had beaten Chippewa Hills the night before and we knew we better not overlook these guys,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “We went in there and played hard and did a nice job. The kids really responded.”

On Friday at Lakeview, the Coyotes prevailed 77-39. Ricky Droke led RC with 19 points, followed by Jared Holmquist with 15 points.

“We took Lakeview out of the game in the first quarter,” Kailing said. “It was 19-4 after the first quarter. We steamrolled them through the second quarter. We had a 26-point lead at halftime. The kids stayed focused and played well together again. It was well-balanced in scoring and hopefully that continues for the rest of the season.”

The Coyotes ended the regular season on Tuesday at home against White Cloud. Their next game is in the Class B districts at Grant on Wednesday, March 9, against either Big Rapids or Grant.

Reed City is 13-6 overall and 12-3 in the conference.

“Our team all year has been looking for an identity,” Kailing said. “I think we finally found our identity with just work ethic and playing hard. The kids have bought into it and are starting to jell together. Hopefully, we’ll continue that into the districts.”