Hensel's complete game lifts Reed City

FINDING A TEAMMATE: Reed City's Natalie Westhoff (11) tries to pass the ball while being defended by Teagan Denslow of Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)
FINDING A TEAMMATE: Reed City's Natalie Westhoff (11) tries to pass the ball while being defended by Teagan Denslow of Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY – Kalee Hensel put together as complete of a game as the Reed City Coyotes could have hoped for Tuesday night.

Hensel had 10 points but also contributed 11 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals to the cause in a 60-35 Central State Activities Association girls basketball victory over the Chippewa Hills.

Emma Lockhart led the Coyote attack with 12 points, followed by Tia Lintemuth, who scored all 11 of her points in the second quarter.

The Coyotes improved to 14-3 overall and 13-2 in the CSAA while Chippewa Hills fell to 9-6 and 10-7.

“Kalee had some great passes,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “She really saw the floor well and distributed the ball well.”

Reed City led 30-23 at halftime.

“We just had to play smart defense and keep playing as a team,” Lintemuth said. “We struggled a little bit in the first half but I think we played as a team and got it going in the second half.”

Karah Hensel hit a pair to give Reed City a 36-26 lead early in the third. Hannah Guy connected to keep the Warriors close. Makenzie Switzer’s triple gave the Coyotes a 41-30 lead at 2:40.

Kalee Hensel’s underhand shot with four seconds left in the third gave Reed City a 45-32 lead

Kalee Hensel scored the first four points of the fourth quarter including three on a triple. Alex Donley scored off a pass from Kalee Hensel for a 51-34 advantage at the halfway point of the quarter. Lockhart’s drive at 2:35 put Reed City up 53-34 and Donley added a jumper moments later.

Both teams struggled with their shooting in the first half. Lockhart scored six points in the first eight minutes, which ended with her team up 14-8.

The Warriors hung close in the second half with Hannah Guy netting a triple and totaling seven points.

“Reed City came out and played harder than we did, that’s basically what it boiled down to,” said Chippewa Hills coach Doug VanSyckle. “They got after us. They got all the loose balls. We didn’t perform as we should. We didn’t have enough energy, it seemed, in the second half to sustain what we did in the first half.”

But Lintemuth had the hot hand for the Coyotes in the quarter with five field goals and 11 points.

“I thought we played well,” Koopman said. “We got beat up on some things. But we stayed in there and we battled and were still playing hard.

“One thing about the kids is every game different kids are stepping up. Tia did it in one game. Karah did it in one game. It’s a balanced team in scoring which I think makes us an effective team right now.”

Guy led the Warriors with 15 points.

Reed City is home Friday night against Hesperia while Chippewa Hills is home the same evening against Morley Stanwood.


Chippewa Hills 8 15 9 3 -- 35

Reed City 14 16 15 15 -- 60

Chippewa Hills (9-6, 10-7)

Hannah Guy 6(1) 0-1 15, Teagan Denslow 2 4-8 8, Kendall Boone 2 1-3 5, Callee Stirn 0 0-0 0, Emily Stark 0 1-2 1, Olivia Wolfe 2 1-2 5, Taylor Sellers 0 1-2 1. Totals 12(1) 8-18 35

Reed City (13-2, 14-3)

Kalee Hensel 2(1) 3-4 10, Karah Hensel 3 3-6 9, Tia Lintemuth 5 1-2 11, Natalie Westhoff 1 0-0 2, Emma Lockhart 6 0-2 12, Jacolyn Mullins 0 0-0 0, Makenzie Switzer 2(1) 2-2 9, Kayla Davis 0 0-0 0, Alex Donley 2 0-0 4, Kendra Repo 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals 21(3) 9-16 60.