Reed City boys, girls basketball teams top Chippewa Hills

Reed City's Rylee Harrison looks to make a move on the Chippewa Hills defense in Friday's game. (Herald Review photo/Joe Judd)

Reed City's Rylee Harrison looks to make a move on the Chippewa Hills defense in Friday's game. (Herald Review photo/Joe Judd)

REED CITY — A pair of Central State Activities Association teams opened the weekend on Friday evening with some basketball action, as Reed City’s boys defeated Chippewa Hills 59-37 at Reed City High School.

It was the second game of the season for both schools, and the first of two scheduled meetings between the Coyotes and Warriors this season.

The host Coyotes got off to a fast start on the offensive side of the ball and began the game on an 8-2 scoring run.

Chippewa Hills quickly negated the run by going on a scoring run of its own to take a 10-8 lead into the second quarter.

CH was not able to keep up the offensive momentum during the second quarter and managed to put up a total of eight points during the entire quarter.

At the end of the first half, Reed City had a commanding 35-16 lead over the Warriors.

Before the third quarter reached its midway point, the Coyote boys’ lead had grown to 20 points, making a late CH comeback unlikely.

By the end of quarter three, Reed City’s lead doubled.

Seth Jackson had Jackson 25 points and Canyon Reed 15 for Reed City.

“We had a big second quarter, that really put us on our way," Reed City coach Jesse Kailing said. "We're a young team and hopefully we will get better every game.”

Reed City lost 64-26 on Saturday at McBain in nonleague action.

The Coyotes will host Central Montcalm on Friday.

Girls basketball

The busy evening of CSAA Gold action began with the Reed City girls keeping their counterparts from Chippewa Hills at arm’s length to pick up their first win of the new season with a 48-37 result.

Chippewa Hills’ record on the young season is now 0-2 following the defeat.

"There were a lot of free throws between both teams," Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. "We were able to put some pressure on them and create some turnovers. We're trying to focus on getting to the free-throw line more and attacking the basket. We got 30 free-throw attempts up. Defensively, we did a better job than we did against Grant (in a 50-30 loss on Feb. 9). It was good to see the kids step up from game one to game two."

Even though the host Coyote ladies emerged victorious in the end, the Warriors were never far behind on the scoreboard and kept their deficit in the single digits for most of the contest.

At the end of the first half, the Coyote Ladies had amassed a lead of 25-17 and through three quarters of intense, physical basketball, RC still led by nine points.

Throughout the course of the second half, Reed City couldn’t seem to get more than a 10-point advantage on the CH girls, as the Warriors made RC earn every field goal it converted.

The fourth and final quarter was just as hard-hitting as was the opening frame, and both sides were deep in the bonus by the time the final eight minutes came around.

Rylee Harrison had 10 points for Reed City. Christina Malakanich had nine. Paige Lofquist added eight.

The Coyotes will host Central Montcalm on Friday.