Reed City girls defeat Newaygo

Emily Libey (33) heads up the court for Reed City.
Emily Libey (33) heads up the court for Reed City.

REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team grinded out a 46-31 victory over Newaygo Friday at Reed City High School.

Kamryn Myers led all scorers with 18 points to go along with four rebounds and Emily Libey had 13 points and six rebounds. Sidni Rushford had six points and Jordyn Storch added five points and seven rebounds.

“I thought we started off like our house was on fire,” head coach Brian Koopman said. “We missed easy layups and free throws and should have been up by 10, 12 points. Overall, we gave up 31 points in four quarters, that’s not bad. I’m happy with that. Offensively we struggled. Going into the season, that’s what we were working on.

“We had looks tonight and we just didn’t make them. We need to start making those shots.”

The Coyotes jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first quarter before Newaygo went on a 9-2 run to take a 13-11 lead. The Coyotes would wrestle the lead away thanks to the steady play of Myers and Libey.

A Myers 3-pointer late in the second quarter gave the Coyotes a 22-18 lead. Reed City would go up 23-20 at halftime.

Libey started the second half with a 3-pointer of her own and Myers followed that up with an and-1 play to push the lead to 29-22. The Coyotes would keep the momentum going with back-to-back Myers floaters to make it a 36-26 game. The Coyotes led by as many as 16.

“On offense, they can get to the hole well,” Koopman said of Myers and Libey. “We’re just trying to get the whole thing moving well. I thought we did in the third quarter but the second and fourth quarter we were getting lazy with it again.”

The Coyotes were looking to extend their win streak to four games when they hosted White Cloud on Tuesday. They are home against Fremont on Friday.

“We’re 1-0 in the conference and 3-0 overall,” Koopman said. “Last season at this time we were 0-3, so we’re making progress.”