Reed City girls dominate Chippewa Hills

Christina Malackaich (5) gets set to take a shot for Reed City. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Christina Malackaich (5) gets set to take a shot for Reed City. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY -- It hadn't been the season either team was looking for but Tuesday night (Jan. 14) provided the Reed City and Chippewa Hills girls a chance to change the course of their campaign for the better.

In the end, it was the Coyote ladies who emerged on top to the tune of a 71-40 CSAA Gold win in front of the home fans and supporters.

"Our kids are shooting with confidence right now," Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said.

The Coyotes led by a commanding 19-4 margin after the first quarter of play, and performed valiantly to maintain their large advantage to lead Chippewa Hills throughout the opening eight minutes.

Facilitating the offense and grabbing the lion's share of possession, Reed City was able to keep its lead intact for most of the first 16 minutes, but saw it dwindle in the final minutes of the first half and led just 26-19 at halftime.

Chippewa Hills increased its level of intensity just prior to the end of the first half, and the Warriors remained aggressive and disruptive on the defensive side of the ball.

Despite going to the locker room trailing by seven points, it was apparent that CH had stolen the momentum away from a Reed City side that looked invincible early in the action.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, this momentum would not carry far after the onset of the second half.

"Our press was able to create a lot of turnovers in the second half," Beilfuss said. "We want to create 32 minutes of havoc -- our controlled havoc."

With the third quarter more than halfway expired, Reed City made any chances of a potential Chippewa Hills comeback continue to look less likely.

By the end of the third frame, the Coyote lead had ballooned back to double digits at 51-29 and Reed City's ladies were in the driver's seat on their way to their second win of the season.

The physicality seen from both sides did not dissipate late in the contest even though there was more than a 20-point discrepancy on the scoreboard, and there was more than a handful of quick changes in possession as well as trips to the free-throw line during the final two quarters.

With a positive result all but secured, Reed City cycled through its bench and didn't deviate from the game plan to put the finishing touches on its second consecutive CSAA triumph, eventually extending the lead to an even 30 points with 1:01 remaining in regulation.

For their next game, Reed City's girls will travel to take on rival Big Rapids at 6 p.m. on Friday.

"I hope that we can come out and shock some people," Beilfuss said. "(During the last three games) we have done some amazing things with these kids."

Scoring line:

Reed City: Taylor Harrison 19, Paige Williams 12, Paige Lofquist 11, Mackenzie Vandawater 9, Christina Malackanich 8, Autumn Sims 4, Alison Duddles 3, Jayna Kailing 2.