Fremont too much for Reed City in opener

Canyon Reed (34) goes to the basket for Reed City against Fremont. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Canyon Reed (34) goes to the basket for Reed City against Fremont. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY -- Fremont is expected to be among the powers in the CSAA Gold this season and the Packers showed why on Friday with an 83-44 win over Reed City.

It was the season opener for Reed City and the return to the coaching bench for Jesse Kailing.

Fremont had an 81-45 win over Shelby earlier this week.

Packer dominated the first quarter on both ends of the quarter for a 26-4 lead.

Zac Saez and Jeffrey Samuels hit a pair of triples for Reed City in the second. But Fremont was in command at halftime 46-19.

Saez had putbacks for the Coyotes in the third and Canyon Reed scored later in the quarter. It was 67-32 going into the fourth.

"We only have one guy who had any kind of varsity experience before getting on the floor," Kailing said, referring to Saez. "However, we could have played better than we did. I'll give all the credit to Fremont. They smacked us in the mouth. Our guys didn't take care of the basketball but that comes with experience."

Braiden McDonald scored 20 points and Christian Kennedy had 19 points for Fremont.

"We gave up a few but then it looked like we played scared and didn't give it 100 percent effort," Kailing said. "We're going to battle and keep coming back. We're going to get better. Hopefully we'll do better when we play Fremont there."

Saez had 11 points and Reed and Xavier Allen scored six apiece for Reed City.

Payton Hansen, a top player from last year, hasn't returned from an injury but may return Tuesday and then be full-time after Christmas break.

"When he and Alex Wirgau return, that will be a big plus for us," Kailing said. "It's the only varsity experience we had tonight and it really showed."

Reed City plays at Grant on Friday.