Reed City girls beat Fremont

REED CITY — Kamryn Myers scored 15 points while Alyssa Olds added 10 points in leading Reed City (7-7) to a 33-28 CSAA Gold win on Friday over host Fremont.

Reed City was down 7-6 after the first quarter but led 12-10 at halftime. It was 22-22 after three quarters. Reed City had an 11-6 scoring advantage in the fourth.

“Emily Libey only had three points, but she had 10 rebounds for us,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “Off our game on (Jan. 31) and to come back and play like we did, I felt pretty good. Reed City was home on Tuesday against Tri County and is at Grant on Friday.

Meanwhile, in a game that featured well over 40 total foul calls, Morley Stanwood held off the Reed City for an 44-32 win on Jan. 31 to improve to 9-6 and 5-2 in CSAA Silver play.

Melissa Frye led the Mohawks with 12 points and Taylor Maguire added 10, while freshman Breanna Berry scored had seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds. “We gutted it out,” Mohawks head coach Shane Frye said. “They took us out of what we wanted to do offensively. We had to grit it out, and I’m proud of my girls for hanging in there.

The Coyotes (6-7,3-4) were whistled for 32 fouls, compared to 15 for the Mohawks. Morley Stanwood converted 29-of-45 free throws and Reed City made 11-of-15. The Coyotes had four players foul out of the game. Myers led Reed City with 10 points and Emily Libey had eight and eight rebounds. Olds added seven points and seven rebounds.

“The officiating controlled the game,” Koopman said. “There was never a flow of the game. It was ridiculous.” Fouls were being called left and right throughout the game, with neither team able to find a rhythm offensively. The Mohawks led 7-2 after one quarter of play and 17-12 at halftime. Reed City senior Meghan Borst fouled out of the game with 6:47 remaining in the third quarter. “That was huge,” Koopman said. “She’s been playing well for us both offensively and defensively. That really messed with our rotation.”

The Coyotes responded with an 8-2 run, with a Myers teardrop lay-up giving Reed City a 20-19 lead with 4:20 remaining in the third. Borst’s post presence was missed for the Coyotes as Berry was fouled while scoring a basket down low. She made the free throw to complete the 3-point play, giving the Mohawks a 22-20 lead. Every time the Mohawks tried to pull away, the Coyotes responded. Emily Libey was fouled while scoring and made the free throw to pull within one (26-25) heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter the foul bug continued to plague the Coyotes, with junior Jordyn Storch fouling out with 5:33 remaining in the game. They continued to fight, with a Myers 3-pointer pulling the Coyotes with three (33-30).

With Reed City in foul trouble, Berry and the Mohawks feasted on rebounds down the stretch. Time and time again, Berry was able to pull down the rebound and quickly get the ball to the guards. “I was boxing out a lot,” Berry said. “Before the game that was something we talked about. If we all box out , we get more rebounds.” The Coyotes were forced to foul late, with Alyssa Olds and Libey picking up their fifth fouls in the closing seconds. Koopman had a conversion with the referees regarding the game’s officiating and was issued a technical foul.

Frye and Maguire scored the game’s final points from the free throw line. The Mohawks outscored the Coyotes 18-7 in the fourth, hitting 12-of-21 free throws in the fourth quarter alone to win 44-32. Koopman and the Coyotes look to move forward and focus on Friday’s home game against Fremont. “We need to regroup. We were playing well up to this point, moving the ball and finding the open man. We need to go back to basics and move forward. That’s all we can do.”