Reed City falls to Central Montcalm

REED CITY — Reed City used the final games of the girls basketball regular season to prepare for this week’s district tournament.

But Wednesday night’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) battle with Central Montcalm was a struggle at times and ended the wrong way on Ashton Bohen’s layup at the buzzer for a 46-44 Hornet win over the Coyotes.

Makenzie Switzer scored 16 points to lead Reed City while Jacolyn Mullins added nine and Natalie Westhoff put in eight.

But down the stretch, the Reed City offense was unable to get the job done.

“It’s been the same thing all year long,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “Close games, we make bad passes and bad decisions. We don’t finish the little shots. Things like that continue to haunt us.”

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, which ended in a 21-20 Reed City lead. The hosts had an 8-2 run to open the third. Central was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the third to keep pace with the Coyotes. Bohen’s triple at 2:55 cut the Coyote lead to 32-31. Savannah Case’s putback gave Central a 33-32 lead late in the quarter. Kayla Davis hit a baseliner with seconds left in the quarter for a 35-33 Coyote lead.

Switzer hit four straight free throws to open the fourth and give Reed City a 39-34 advantage and Jacolyn Mullins added a layup moments later.

Central stayed tight and cut the gap to 41-40 with 1:35 left on a Case putback. Hensel hit a free throw at the other end for a two-point Reed City lead. Bohen hit two free throws at the other end to tie the game after a steal for Central. The Coyotes continued to turn the ball over and Central got free throws by Makayla Studley and Case for a 44-42 lead with 26.5 seconds to play. Hensel drove for a basket to tie the game with 13 seconds left. Bohen drove for a layup at the buzzer for the winning basket.

“We don’t know who we have at the end of the game, just the little things,” Koopman said. “We’re playing the (19th) game of the season. Those things have to come to an end.”

“We held together well,” said Central coach Kevin Everingham. “Usually, we’ve been falling apart at the end. They stuck in there and kept playing hard.”

Woodard and Westhoff both fouled out for Reed City.

This game was snowed out on Monday and rescheduled for Wednesday.

“We had a few days off and I don’t think we were ready,” Woodard said. “We didn’t want it to (go) like this.”

Switzer and Westhoff combined for all of Reed City’s points for an 11-6 lead after the first quarter.

The Hornets started finding their scoring touch more in the second quarter with Bree Brasington scoring four points and getting the Hornets within a point several times. Switzer hit another triple to help the Coyotes stay ahead.

Westhoff had nine rebounds while Hensel and Mullins had seven each.

Central, led by Case with 14 points and Brasington with 12 points, is 4-15 overall and 4-13 in the CSAA.

It was Reed City’s home finale. Reed City ended the regular season on Thursday with a 57-37 win at White Cloud is CSAA action. The Coyotes are 11-9 overall and 11-7 in the CSAA.