Newaygo girls down Reed City
REED CITY -- Newaygo fired out to a quick start and never looked back on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in overpowering Reed City 55-25 in Central State Activities Association Gold girls basketball action.
The Lions bolted out to an 18-3 lead after the first quarter. Newaygo was dominating both ends of the court and led 33-6 late in the second quarter on two straight steals for two consecutive baskets by Emmerson Goodin.
MacKenzie Vandawater hit a 3-point shot early in the quarter for Reed City, which trailed 37-12.
Jaylee Long hit a 3-pointer to give Newaygo a 42-12 lead midway in the third quarter.
The Coyotes continued to struggle on offense. It was 46-15 going into the fourth.
Vandawater hit a triple early in the fourth and it was 51-18, Newaygo. Christina Malackanich had a putback midway in the fourth for Reed City to make it 53-20. Paige Williams hit a triple for Reed City to make it 55-23.
"We just dug too big of a hole," Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said.
Malackanich had seven points while Vandawater and Alaina Stein had six apiece. The Coyotes in recent weeks have been dealing with injuries and illnesses.
"If we don't work with the ball, you see what happens," Beilfuss said.
Reed City fell to 2-6 (CSAA) and 2-10 while Newaygo is 5-3 and 9-4.
"We don't have the shooters," Beilfuss said. "When the other team gets a big lead, we just can't turn on the switch (and automatically come back)." The game was a makeup from last month because of the weather.