Reed City basketball team falls to Cadillac

REED CITY ― Alayna Hess and Kylie Christensen both scored 12 points to lead Cadillac, 2-0, over Reed City, 48-27, Friday night in non-league girls basketball action.

Cadillac was up 20-7 at halftime and held Reed City scoreless in the second quarter for a 30-7 halftime lead. It was 37-14 after three quarters and the Vikings had an 11-9 scoring edge in the final quarter.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I don’t know where we were the first half. The second half, we played a lot better offensively and defensively. We’re young and have only a couple of returning kids that played a little bit last year for us. Everyone is brand new. We’re young. We have freshmen and sophomores and juniors. The biggest thing is we have to get better each game.”

Skiler Brigham scored five points and Brenna Westhoff had four points for Reed City.

“I told the kids at the beginning of the year that there were going to be growing (challenges),” Koopman said. “We have to work together and keep playing.”

Koopman said junior Lauren Voelker was slated to get an MRI on her knee this week after injuring it in the opener against Pine River.

“My feeling is that she’s done,” Koopman said. “When you compound things with losing the best player you have, that doesn’t help at all.”

Voelker said on Monday she has seen a doctor whose preliminary diagnosis was something related to her ACL. “I have an MRI Thursday to see how bad it is,” she said. “I’m still hopeful. Hopefully I can make it back.”

Reed City had lost to Pine River in the season opener three days earlier. But Koopman saw some strides from game one to game two.

“The first half no, but the second half, yes,” he said. “We held them scoreless five to six minutes and I thought we did a good job. Offensively, we didn’t get some looks, we had some easy looks and didn’t make them. We’re still rushing our shots and that kind of stuff. We’re getting better. We have to keep growing. It’s hard to lose.”

Reed City, 0-2, played at Clare Tuesday night and opens the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) season at home Friday night against Tri County. Friday night CSAA doubleheaders open with the girls games, followed by the boys contests.