Reed City basketball teams have perfect week

REED CITY – Reed City’s boys basketball team will head into the holiday break with a perfect record in the Central State Activities Association at 3-0.

It wasn’t easy for the Coyotes on Friday trailing 20-13 after the first quarter. But they rallied for a 65-56 win at Holton to improve to 3-1 overall.

Jared Holmquist scored 23 points for Reed City and had 22 rebounds while Dakota Saez put in 17 points and Chad Samuels added 12 points.

On Dec. 13 at home, it was no contest for the Coyotes in a 75-20 thumping over Hesperia. Jared Holmquist scored 20 points for Reed City while Ricky Droke added 12 points. It was 19-4 after the first quarter and 40-13 at halftime. Eric Bradford added nine points.

“Hesperia wasn’t much of a challenge,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “Holton on Friday came out and played well. I didn’t think our kids were mentally ready to play (in the early going).”

Looking at his team’s performance in the first four games, “overall, I’m happy,” Kailing said.

Reed City is back in action on Jan 6 at Morley Stanwood in CSAA action.

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The first victory of the season for the Coyotes was an easy one 64-10 over Hesperia at home on Dec. 13 Reed City led 20-2 after the first quarter, 37-6 at halftime and 48-6 after the third quarter.

Kalee Hensel led the Coyotes with 19 points while Emma Lockhart added 12.

On Friday, the Coyotes made it two straight with a 67-42 win over Holton. Reed City was up 38-21 at halftime.

Tia Lintemuth led the Coyotes with 17 points while Lockhart added 16. Jordyn Mason and Hensel had 10 points apiece.

Coach Brian Koopman left for South Dakota after Friday’s game to do some pheasant hunting with assistant coach Tim Webster and other acquaintances and was expected to be back on Tuesday. The Coyotes will be practicing for the rest of the week.

The Coyotes are 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the CSAA.

“As a team, we’ve been growing and learning how to play together,” Koopman said. “you take out Nicolle Ostrander who was a big production part of our team last year and Kelsey Jones, who rebounded defensively, played inside and scored … we had to replace those two kids. It’s taken a little longer than I thought it would take.

“We start out a little slow. We have our moments when we look good and moments when we don’t. This is a young team that will come together and I think we’ll be playing very well down the road.”

Koopman has been happy with the performance of all his players. Lintemuth scored a season high 17 points last week, he noted.

Reed City’s next game is home on Jan. 3 against Clare, which is 5-0.

“Clare is usually pretty good,” Koopman said. “Last year, they were ranked in the state and we lost to them in overtime. It will be a good game. They have an extremely good point guard (sophomore Lindsey Winter).”