Reed City boys 1-1; girls 2-0 during CSAA week
REED CITY — The second half of the boys basketball season is here for the Reed City Coyotes who will be home Friday against Big Rapids, hoping for a repeat of their victory over the Cardinals earlier in the season.
Reed City, which played at Lakeview on Tuesday, entered the week at 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the CSAA after a 56-50 Central State Activities Association overtime loss on Friday at home against White Cloud.
It was 44-44 at the end of regulation.
Jared Holmquist led the Coyotes with 21 points, followed by Chad Samuels with 12 points. Holmquist, Jake Vincent and Ryan Willis had nine rebounds apiece.
“White Cloud is very long and gave us a lot of problems. They’re very tall,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “We had a chance to win in regulation at the end but missed a shot.”
Kailing said he anticipates White Cloud being one of the main contenders for the CSAA crown by the end of the season.
Earlier in the week, on Jan 9, the Coyotes went to Chippewa Hills and took away a 58-45 CSAA victory. Holmquist scored 19 points and had nine rebounds. Samuels added 13 points.
Reed City trailed 11-8 after the first quarter but led 32-24 at halftime and 41-32 after the third quarter.
“We had a hard-fought victory against Chippewa Hills,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “Chip played very well against us.”
Against Lakeview, “I’m more worried how we play against them than how they play against us,” Kailing said. “We’re working to get better.”
REED CITY GIRLS
Reed City girls coach Brian Koopman likes how his Coyotes have been playing in January. They lost the first two games in January against tough ranked teams in Clare and Morley Stanwood.
“I think ever since our loss to Clare, we’ve felt we had to come out and play harder and work better together,” Koopman said. “We had 27 to 28 turnovers in that game. You’re not going to any games having that many turnovers.. That’s been our biggest emphasis the last couple of weeks, taking care of the ball, play hard-nosed defense and try to get easy baskets.”
On Friday at home, the Coyotes beat White Cloud 60-34.
Emma Lockhart scored 15 points and had seven assists and six steals for the winners, followed by Kalee Hensel with 14 points and five boards and Jordyn Mason with 12 points and five assists.
The Coyotes at 6-5 overall, have won four straight, and are 6-2 in the league.
“I’ve been real impressed with our kids,” Koopman said. “In our last four games, we’ve averaged like nine turnovers, have played outstanding defense and have played hard. We’re getting great bench support and scoring. Everything is kind of clicking together right now.”
Hensel had a big game on Jan. 18 with 25 points, including 20 in the first half, in leading Reed City to a 67-36 victory over Chippewa Hills. Lockhart followed with 12 points, plus three rebounds and four assists.
Hensel had nine of her points in the first quarter to help Reed City enjoy a 17-9 lead. It was 36-20, Coyotes, at halftime and 55-31 after the third quarter.
Reed City played Tuesday at Lakeview and is home Friday against Big Rapids.
“This will be an interesting week for us. Lakeview is usually tough for us,” Koopman said. “They’re a pretty good team and play well down there. Big Rapids, at our place, I don’t care what the records are. We have to come to play both times.”
The Coyotes lost to Big Rapids 53-50 earlier in the season.