Reed City girls defeat Holton, lose to Morley Stanwood
REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team got a big road win on Monday night as the Coyotes defeated Holton 46-32.
“It was a good win on the road,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We led the whole game but we kept letting them get back in. We never really got things flowing, but we had different kids step up.”
Reed City (2-3, 2-1) was led by Natalie Westhoff’s 16 points and 11 rebounds along with 10 points and eight rebounds from Jacolyn Mullins, nine points from Alaina Woodard and six points from Karah Hensel. Lauren Voelker snagged eight boards for the Coyotes who had 19 steals as a team on the night.
Reed City will next be in action against Newaygo at home on Thursday.
MORLEY STANWOOD 58,
REED CITY 55
Basketball is a game of two halves, which was apparent on Thursday as the Morley Stanwood girls beat Reed City 58-55.
Trailing 5-0, Reed City fought back with field goals from Karah Hensel and Mackenzie Switzer, but as the quarter came to a close, the Mohawks led 14-9 after one. The Mohawk lead ballooned to 26-11 after back-to-back triples from Thumser in the second as the Coyotes’ shots just wouldn’t go down until Hensel hit a trey of her own with a minute left before the half. Natalie Westhoff added two points to bring the score to 32-16 in favor of the Mohawks. Jennie Kizer, the lone senior on the Mohawk squad, was fouled and knocked down a free throw with 2.4 seconds left to bring the halftime score to 33-16.
Halftime was just what the doctor ordered for Reed City. Reed City coach Brian Koopman was able to rally his troops and make adjustments that changed the game.
“I told the girls to just keep shooting,” Koopman said. “(Morley Stanwood) couldn’t possibly shoot like they did in the first half for the whole game and shots just weren’t falling on our end. We had some good hustle and didn’t want to give them as many easy ones in the second half.”
The Coyotes came out in a press, which worked as Jacolyn Mullins got a steal on the first possession which lead to two points. Hensel would join in with a fast-break layup and a hard-fought score on the next trip down to make the score 39-26. After a few Mohawk layups, Kayla Davis got a Coyote two, making the score 43-31 after three.
The final quarter started with a Westhoff put-back a few minutes in to bring the Coyotes within 10. Westhoff later got fouled with just over two minutes left to bring her team within seven at 52-45. Hensel hit a jumper to make it five, but Veersma answered for the Mohawks with a short two. Another runner by Hensel made it 54-49 with a minute left, forcing the Coyotes to foul. Veersma hit big free throws down the stretch to fend off a Coyote comeback before the score went final at 58-55 in favor of the Mohawks.
“In the second half we were very good,” Koopman said. “Every kid did their job and gave us good minutes.”