Reed City girls at Big Rapids Friday night

REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team lost a 28-27 verdict to Big Rapids at home earlier this season.

But Friday night, the Coyotes will be at Big Rapids looking for revenge in Central State Activities Association Gold Division action.

Meanwhile, both teams struggled offensively in nonleague girls basketball action on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

But Lakeview made the key plays at the end to pull out a 36-32 win over Reed City.

It was a low-scoring first half which ended in a 19-11 Lakeview lead.

“Ugly basketball game,” Lakeview coach Dave King said. “It wasn’t very impressive from an offensive standpoint on either end. Both coaches would be happy with the defenses.”

“We came out, it’s Parents Night, and we don’t play well on Tuesdays,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We weren’t into it. We had no energy, had no intensity and act like we were playing afraid and were two steps behind.”

Kirsten Johnson netted a 3-pointer to spark the Wildcats (9-5) to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter.

The Coyotes struggled with their shooting in the second quarter and didn’t score until Alyssa Olds sank two free throws with three minutes remaining and Lakeview up 14-8. Emily Libey scored the only field goal of the quarter for Reed City, and the deficit was eight at the intermission.

“We missed some easy shots early,” Koopman said. “I don’t know if that affected some of the kids’ shooting. We played scared and weren’t intense. Our defense wasn’t bad. We were one pass away. Until the third period, we got some steals and got some offense going that way.”

Voelker opened the second half with four straight points for Reed City. But Justice Rummel’s putback gave Lakeview a 24-14 lead midway through the quarter. The Coyotes scored the final six points of the third quarter to make it a four-point deficit.

Delanie King hit a free throw for a 28-22 Lakeview lead early in the fourth as both teams continued to struggle offensively. Libey’s two free throws made it 28-26 halfway through the quarter. She gave Reed City a 29-28 lead at 3:30 with a 3-pointer. Amanda Larson scored on the other end for Lakeview.

Voelker’s 3-point play made it 32-30, Reed City, at 2:39. Kirsten Johnson’s 3-pointer gave Lakeview a 33-32 lead at 1:30. Amanda Heady hit a free throw with 18.4 seconds to go for a two-point lead. The Coyotes missed on two shots at the other end. Heady hit two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to seal the win.

“We had some nice looks and some nice shots,” Koopman said. “We just didn’t make them.”

“We got a couple of stops and they missed some shots,” King said. “We made a couple of free throws to win it. That was nice to see.”

Voelker scored 16 points and Libey had nine for Reed City.

“The first half we came out really flat, we didn’t hustle on defense and weren’t attacking the basket,” Voelker said. “The second half, we came out and played with more intensity and started working the ball more on offense and on defense. We started talking and hustling a little more.”

“The last four or five games, Lauren has been playing well,” Koopman said. “She does so much for us. She brings energy on offense and defense. She’s the all-around type of player you want.”

King led Lakeview with 12 points.

Reed City (6-10) was home on Feb. 16 against Grant in CSAA Gold action.