Central Montcalm hits six free throws in last minute for 51-45 win

REED CITY — Central Montcalm denied Reed City’s bid for its first win of the season in Central State Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball action Tuesday night.

Central Montcalm hit six free throws in the final minute for the 51-45 victory.

We didn’t have the energy, the excitement and the intensity we had against (Big Rapids) Friday night,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said, referring to a 51-43 loss. “We kind of just came in and played. We were flat today.”

The Coyotes (0-19, 0-11 CSAA Gold)built a 25-21 halftime lead.

Reed City has been playing without junior guard Hanna Price, who is out with a concussion. Freshman guard Alanna Nelson, recently brought up from the junior varsity, hit a 3-pointer for a 15-9 Reed City advantage going into the second quarter.

Hailey Hollenbeck netted a 3-pointer at 5:10 to give Central a 27-25 lead. Emily Libey scored Reed City’s first five points of the quarter in a 30-30 tie.

Reed City’s Meghan Borst scored twice early in the fourth quarter for 34-34 and 36-36 ties. Alyssa Olds’ free throw tied the game 41-41 at 4:40.

Makayla Studley hit two technical foul shots at 3:11 for a 45-41 lead after Koopman was whistled for arguing a call. Olds scored at 1:55, making it 45-43. Westhoff hit two free throws at 1:30 for a 45-45 game.

Brenna Westhoff committed her fifth foul with 44.2 seconds left and Kenzie Rutz scored two free throws for a 47-45 lead. Reed City couldn’t score on the other end and Studley hit two free throws for a four-point advantage.

Westhoff led Reed City with 14 points, while Studley had 18 for Central.

We started a little slow in the first half,” Central Montcalm coach Rob Putnam said. “For the most part, we played well. We seem to be a second-half team. If we keep it close in the first half, we usually make a couple of runs in the second half.”