Reed City falls to Big Rapids
REED CITY -- It was very tight the last two times the two girls basketball teams met.
But in Friday's Central State Activities Association Gold Division rematch, the No. 10-ranked Big Rapids Cardinals upended the Reed City Coyotes 52-29.
Big Rapids has won 12 straight and is 17-1 overall and 11-1 in the league.
Big Rapids won a close 45-38 verdict the last time the two teams met.
"We had a quick start, a little dropoff and then we had a good second half," Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. "Anytime you play a rivalry game like this you expect that. The way it ended up. we feel pretty good."
Both teams struggled in the early going. Big Rapids led 7-6 after the first quarter. Both teams went on spurts in the second quarter. Holly McKenna and Megan Mackall both hit some key shots for a 19-8 lead. Alison Duddles drove for a bucket and Taylor Harrison hit a triple just before the buzzer.
It was 19-13 at halftime. Arianna Costie scored off a steal to open the second half for Big Rapids. She followed with two free throws for a 10-point lead.
She scored off another steal moments later for a 28-15 lead and converted again for a 30-18 advantage and followed with two more free throws. It was Josie Prince's turn for a 34-18 lead. Mackall scored again for a 36-18 lead.
Reed City opened the fourth with a 5-0 spurt including a 3-pointer from Christina Malacknavich. But Hanna Smith's two triples gave Big Rapids a 39-23 lead. The Cardinals continued to dominate and led 49-25 at 3:19 on two Rylie Haist free throws. Harrison scored at the other end to keep the Coyotes in touch, but it was 49-27.
"It was a really fun game, they're our rivals," McKenna said. "It's always fun to beat them. We weren't as relaxed the first time we played them. We were relaxed this time and made it our game."
Costie led Big Rapids with 16, followed by MacKall with nine, McKenna with eight, Smith with six and Haist with five.
Costie, Haist said, "is such a good athlete. She's quick and you get a good burst of speed out of her and a lot of energy and you got to see her athleticism tonight. That was exciting."
"We only had (five) points in the third," Beilfuss said. "We can't do that. We'll shoot with more confidence, get more shooting in and get back to what we're going."
Malacknavich had eight points, Duddles seven and Harrison five for Reed City.
Big Rapids is home for Senior Night on Tuesday against Chippewa Hills.
Reed City is 3-9 and 4-14. The Coyotes were set to host Central Montcalm on Tuesday.