Reed City boys coast past Chippewa Hills

REMUS — It was a good week in the Central State Activities Gold Division for the Reed City Coyotes.

Reed City fired out to a 17-0 start and went on to a 68-29 boys basketball victory over Chippewa Hills on Friday.

The Coyotes lost two league games the previous week to Grant and Big Rapids. But they bounced back last week, starting with Tuesday’s 60-25 win at Central Montcalm.

“Both Central Montcalm and Chippewa HiIls are young but have promising futures,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “Their point guard, a freshman (Peyton Fountain) gave us all we could handle.”

Schuyler Smith scored nine of his points in the first quarter, which ended in a 26-6 Coyote advantage.

“The pressure got to them,” McGuire said. “I was proud with the way the kids came out and played. We’ve got seven seniors, and they don’t have (many). We should come out and pressure like that.”

The Warriors, who didn’t score until late in the first quarter, started finding their offense in the second quarter, led by Seth McKenzie with a 3-pointer. The hosts cut it to 31-19 late in the second. But Smith netted the last two baskets of the half for a 39-21 lead at the intermission.

Dillard netted a 3-pointer to open the third quarter for Reed City. DJ Lowery netted two baskets for the Warriors, who trailed 47-26 at 4:56 after a Schuyler Smith free throw.

Trent Sturgell made a spinning drive to the basket and Smith added a fast break layup for a 51-26 lead at 1:40. It was 52-26 going into the fourth. Leland Yonkin’s putback gave the Coyotes a 58-26 lead with 6:01 to play.

Smith scored 19 points, Dillard netted 16 and Andre Jones added 10.

DJ Lowery led the Warriors with six points.

“The first several minutes of the game, that’s what’s been hurting us,” Chippewa Hills coach Mark DeLong said.

Reed City 7-4, 3-2) plays at Tri County on Friday.