Reed City drops CSAA opener to Tri County

REED CITY — Reed City lost its girls basketball Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division opener to Tri County Friday night 41-30.

Both teams got off to a slow start, but the Vikings, (1-2) caught fire quicker than the Coyotes (0-4).

Kelsy Hackbardt, who led the visitors with 13 points, hit six points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer, to help the Vikings gain a 14-0 lead before Skiler Brigham connected with 30 seconds left in the period, which ended 16-2 in Tri County’s favor.

“That’s what we talked about in the lockerroom, what do we have to do to get off to a faster start,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “That’s been our nemesis all year long. First half against Pine River we had 12 points, against Clare only seven, (Friday) only 10. We’ve been putting up 20 points or so in the second half. The first half kills us.”

Hanna Price had four points in the second quarter, but Reed City trailed 27-10 going into halftime. Brigham’s 3-pointer at the third-period buzzer made it 34-17 going into the fourth.

“You know as well as I do that if you’re not a high scoring offensive team, trying to put up 20 some points (against a deficit) is hard,” Koopman said. “I’ll give my kids credit, in the second half, they came to play and played hard. The game was interesting for a little bit, but again, we started slow.”

Brigham led Reed City with nine points.

“I thought some other kids stepped up,” Koopman said. “I thought (Alyssa) Olds stepped up. I thought Lily Heald stepped up. We have to have five kids going hard all the time. We have to work on that.”

Reed City plays at Newaygo Friday.

“We’re going to work on skills to get more confident,” Koopman said. “Our shooting, I think that’s getting better. We’ll go through more drills, triple threat, shooting the ball, learning our rotations and where we go on defense.”