Patterson plays huge role in title season

REED CITY —  Nolan Patterson got the job done with the winning basket in a recent 53-50 overtime win for the Coyotes over Chippewa Hills.

That win came late in the regular season and propelled the Coyotes to their postseason success.

The Coyotes played Chippewa HiIls last Wednesday at Clare in a district game, and Patterson and his teammates were able to make it a trifecta over the Warriors this season. Two days later, they defeated Big Rapids 54-44 for the school’s first district title in 22 years. 

Reed City ended the regular season at 12-8 and were 2-1 in the postseason. They lost 53-50 to Cadillac in regional action Monday night

“We had some tough times early but we’re starting to put it together,” Patterson said coming into the postseason. “We have to make our free throws and start shooting a little better behind the arc. We need to shrink our turnovers.”

Patterson was in his senior season as a Reed City guard. His emergence in his position and ability to stay healthy was a key for the team, coach Dean McGuire indicated.

“I’ve been playing pretty well,” he said. “I’m still getting better with our team.”

Patterson added that “distributing the ball and scoring when I need to” are key roles for him on the team. “I’ve been rebounding better.”

The districts, Patterson predicted ahead of time, “are up for grabs,” but winning the tournament was obviously a key goal for Reed City.

The victory over Big Rapids was obviously a major highlight for the program.