Reed City girls basketball win first game of season in dramatic fashion

REED CITY—The Reed City girls basketball Coyotes earned their first win of the season on Friday afternoon.

Going up against Midland Calvary Baptist, the Coyotes were able to pull off their first victory of the season with a 38-36 victory. This earned them a trip to the Reed City Holiday Invitational championship game on Saturday.

"It's exciting to get your first win," coach Tim Beilfuss said. "Anytime you get your first one, that's great. We're just learning, and losing Natalie (Albright) against Grant (to injury) has put a wrench in our rotation when you just have eight kids."

Throughout the game, Calvary stayed close to the Coyotes, even taking a 23-20 halftime lead. Caitlyn Dickinson scored 24 overall points for Midland Calvary.

But the third quarter featured a Coyotes rally, out scoring Calvary 13-6 and taking a four-point lead going into the fourth.

"We went into halftime down 23-20, and in the third quarter, we outscored them 13-6. That's a big deal for us. We made free throws when we needed to," Beilfuss said.

The Coyotes held on in the fourth quarter as Calvary locked down on defense. Molly Bowman hit crucial free throws to give the Coyotes the win.

"We're definitely all excited,"  Bowman said. "We just knew it'd be a lot of effort and a lot of work and a lot of communicating and we would have to work as a team."

Bowman led the Coyotes in scoring with 19 points..

"I came in for the summer to work on that just so I could get used to the fast motions of it from last year and then get back into it," Bowman said. "We've tried to change my form a little bit just to get it so it's faster pace."

Casey Terryn and Morgan Hammond were the Coyotes' second leading scorers with six points apiece.