Reed City girls basketball outlasts Shelby
NEWAYGO – With four minutes remaining and trailing by three points, Reed City's Emma Lockhart didn't lose faith.
The Coyotes girls basketball team trailed 46-43 to Shelby in the Class B district contest at Newaygo High School and the sophomore just knew everything would be OK.
“As long as we kept working together as a team,I knew everything would work out,” Lockhart said.
She couldn't have been more right. Reed City turned the deficit into a three-point lead with two minutes left. Though the game went overtime, the Coyotes did prevail, taking a 60-58 victory to advance to Friday night's district final against Big Rapids.
That key stretch of the fourth quarter was the most important stretch of the game, according to Reed City coach Brian Koopman.
“During the timeout, I said we needed to step up on defense and hit the open shot on offense,” he said. “We got two big stops and we hit a couple of shots.”
The Coyotes turned the deficit into a 50-47 advantage with a little more than a minute remaining. Shelby was able to stay in the game because of its ability to get offensive rebounds, getting six in the fourth quarter and 20 for the half.
Doing the damage for the Tigers was Sydney Dzurak, who had 12 rebounds, including nine on the offensive glass.
“Before the game we knew that was something we had to be concerned about,” Koopman said. “I thought we did a good job the first quarter and a half.”
It was the offensive putback that sent the game into overtime, as Bethany Henion scored with three seconds remaining in overtime to make the score at 52-52.
In the extra session, Reed City did not make a single field goal, but was 10-for-12 from the free throw line, including Kalee Hensel, who was a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Hensel finished with 14 points, while Lockhart, who was 8-for-10 from the free throw line in the contest, tallied 18 points. Kelsey Jones finished with nine points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with a little more than a minute left in regulation.
“I thought here we go when we got to overtime,” Koopman said. “Jonesey is out, but we had some other players like Sami Michell and Amanda Steig really step for us.”
Lockart never had any doubts when the game went to overtime.
“Shooting free throws is about confidence and we had some confidence at the end of the game,”she said.
Both teams came out hot to begin the game with Reed City racing to a 12-4 lead. The Tigers answered to tie the game 16-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Reed City led at halftime 27-24.
“I thought that set the mood for the rest of the game,” Lockhart said.
REED CITY 60, SHELBY 58
Reed City 16 11 9 16 8 - 60
Shelby 16 7 10 19 6 - 58
Emma Lockhart 6 8-10 18, Jordyn Mason 6 0-2 12, Nicolle Ostrander 2 3-4 7, Kalee Hensel 2 8-10 14, Kelsey Jones 4 1-2 9, Totals 20 20-28 60.
Rachel Hoffman 1 4-5 6, Kaitlyn Felt 1 1-1 3, Brianna Sterken 2 0-0 4, Nicole Brown 3 1-1 7, Sydney Czurak 6 4-7 16, Bethany Henion 3 2-2 8, Abby Rodriguez 2(3) 1-2 14, Totals 18(3) 13-18 58.