GRANT — A Class B district championship was nearly in the grasp of the Reed City Coyotes Friday night.

But the Fremont Packers nailed the key shots down the stretch and pulled out a 50-41 win over the Coyotes.

Reed City, which had stunned Big Rapids 47-40 in overtime on Wednesday, ended its season at 15-7 while Fremont advances to the regionals at 19-6.

Jared Holmquist led Reed City with 25 points. Tyler Krim netted 19 points for Fremont.

“I give my guys a lot of credit,” said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. “We weren’t supposed to win Wednesday night and we weren’t supposed to win (Friday). But we gave them heck and just about came out of here with a win.”

“I think it was our defense,” said Fremont coach Pete Zerfas. “We turned the ball over way too much. You have to credit Reed City for that with their pressure man-to-man. And we didn’t make free throws. So the key to the whole thing was our defense getting stops and allowing us to stay in the game and slowly build a lead.”

The Coyotes were up 17-15 at halftime.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half.

Reed City found it tough to penetrate inside against Fremont’s 6-foot-9 junior Lucas McKian. Trent Sims score inside at 5:30 for a 20-19 Coyote advantage. Krim hit a 3-pointer midway in the quarter for a 22-20 lead. Holmquist had a 3-point play and followed with a free throw with 2:20 to play for a 24-24 tie moments later. But McKian followed with two straight baskets and a free throw for a 29-24 lead.

Trailing 31-24, Reed City got back into it when Holmquist scored, was fouled and Fremont was called for a technical foul. Holmquist hit three straight free throws and the Packer lead was only 31-29. It stayed that way after the third quarter.

The first points of the fourth quarter were scored at 5:24 on two Holmquist free throws for a 31-31 tie. Krim followed with two free throws moments later but Justin countered with a layup for a 33-33 tie. Ryan Ansorge sank his first basket of the game, a triple at 4:20 for a three-point Packer advantage. Mike Siegel netted a triple at 3:29 and Fremont had a 39-33 lead. Siegel scored a layup off his own steal for a 41-33 lead at 2:29. He pulled off an instant replay moments later for a 43-33 advantage.

Sims hit a free throw at 1:50 and the Coyotes went to full-court pressure. McKian hit a free throw at the other end. Justin scored with 1:22 to play and it was 44-36. Stieg's two free throws at 1:12 made it 45-38. The Packers were missing some free throws to keep it close. Holmquist's 3-pointer at 1:00 made it 45-41. Krim, who was accurate from the charity stripe, hit two foul shots with 55 seconds to play for a 47-41 lead. With 27.2 seconds to play, Krim hit a free throw for the 50-41 edge.

“Down the stretch, we knew we had to keep the game close,” said Kailing. “We knew we had to keep it low scoring. When they hit the two big threes, that really put the dagger in. Before that, we had a chance to win the ballgame. I knew if the game stayed in the low 50 or low 40s we’d have a chance to win. We kept it at 50. We just came up a little bit short.”

“We’ve tried to get better each game,” said Zerfas. “But our defense has been what got us here.”

Three Coyotes fouled out in the fourth: Dillon Lodholtz, Dakota Saez and Sims.

Holmquist scored Reed City’s first eight points to pace his team to an 8-6 lead. Ricky Droke hit a pair of free throws for the Coyotes who trailed 11-10 after the first quarter.

Krim scored all of Fremont’s second quarter points. Saez scored off his own steal for a 15-13 Coyote lead midway in the second. Holmquist had a tip-in later in the quarter to give Reed City the two-point halftime advantage.

“The big guy wasn’t our real concern,” said Kailing, referring to McKian. “Our real concern was Krim. We knew that. He’s a great player. He hit some really tough shots tonight. If we defended these guys again, I don't know what I’d do different. You take away the free throws we had to give them at the end, we held them into the low 40s.

“I thought the kids outworked Fremont. They out-talented us.”

FREMONT 50, REED CITY 41

Reed City 10 7 12 12 — 41

Fremont 11 4 16 19 — 50

Reed City, 15-6

Dakota Saez 1(1) 0-0 5, Josh Justin 2 0-0 4, Dillon Lodholtz 0 0-2 0, Jared Holmquist 7(1) 8-10 25, Evan Stieg 0 2-2 2, Trent Sims 1 1-2 3, Ricky Droke 0 2-2 2, Chad Samuels 0 0-0 0, Glen Ryder 0 0-0 0. Totals 11(2) 13-18 41.

Fremont

Tyler Krim 5(1) 6-7 19, Ryan Ansorge 0 1-5 1, Mike Siegel, 3(1) 0-0 9, Chase Curtice 3 2-6 8, Lucas McKian 3 2-7 8, Cody McCombs 1 0-0 2, Robbie McPherson 0 0-0 0, Dylan Krim 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals 15 (3) 11-25 50.

Fouled out: Reed City, Lodholtz Sims, Saez.

Rebounds—Fremont 26 (McKian 9). Reed City 17. Assists—Fremont (Ansorge 4).