Reed City girls drop last two games of regular season
REMUS — Blake Kuzma scored 11 points, while Kendall Boone and Rachel Lobert netted seven apiece to lead Chippewa Hills to Friday’s CSAA Gold Division win 38-22 over Reed City.
It was the regular season final for both teams.
The Warriors led 15-13 at a halftime. Emily Libey had six points for Reed City.
“Defensively, I thought we played fairly well,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We missed some assignments on our trap. We held them to 38. Offensively, we had some looks, we couldn’t make a basket. We worked hard and hustled. I can’t fault the effort.”
Chippewa Hills is 8-12 overall and 3-9 in the league and opens Class B district play 6 p.m. Monday at Big Rapids against Harrison.
Reed City, 0-12 in the league and 0-20 overall, plays host Big Rapids on Wednesday in a district semifinal game.
“We go in there and play hard and leave everything on the floor,” Koopman said. “We have to work on our shooting a little more.”
Meanwhile, Central Montcalm denied Reed City’s bid for its first win of the season in Central State Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball action Tuesday night, Feb. 25.
Central Montcalm hit six free throws in the final minute for the 51-45 victory.
“We didn’t have the energy, the excitement and the intensity we had against (Big Rapids),” Koopman said referring to a 51-43 loss. “We kind of just came in and played. We were flat.”
The Coyotes built a 25-21 halftime lead.
Brenna Westhoff hit two baskets for an early 4-2 Reed City advantage.
Reed City has been playing without junior guard Hanna Price, out with a concussion. Freshman guard Alanna Nelson, recently brought up from the junior varsity, hit a 3-pointer for a 15-9 Reed City advantage going into the second quarter.
“Alanna has been playing well,” Koopman said. “She did all right the other night. Against (Big Rapids) she had four points. Tonight she did all right for us.”
The Coyotes were up 17-9 early in the second quarter,but the offense went into a cold spell, and Central Montcalm netted six unanswered points. Westhoff scored again at 2:37 to give Reed City a 21-18 lead. Megan Donley scored late in the half for a four-point lead.
Hailey Hollenbeck netted a 3-pointer at 5:10 to give Central a 27-25 lead.Libey scored Reed City’s first five points of the quarter in a 30-30 tie. Central was up 33-32 going into the final quarter.
Reed City’s Meghan Borst scored twice early in the fourth quarter for 34-34 and 36-36 ties. Alyssa Olds’ free throw tied the game 41-41 at 4:40.
Makayla Studley hit two technical foul shots at 3:11 for a 45-41 lead after Koopman was whistled for arguing a call. Olds scored at 1:55, making it 45-43. Westhoff hit two free throws at 1:30 for a 45-45 game.
Westhoff committed her fifth foul with 44.2 seconds left and Kenzie Rutz scored two free throws for a 47-45 lead. Reed City couldn’t score on the other end and Studley hit two free throws for a four-point advantage
“We started a little slow in the first half,” Central Montcalm coach Rob Putnam said. “For the most part, we played well. We seem to be a second-half team. If we keep it close in the first half, we usually make a couple of runs in the second half.”
Westhoff led Reed City with 14 points.
“That’s one of her better games,” Koopman said. “I thought she was looking to score, which is good.”
Nelson and Libey netted seven points apiece.
“We tied the game up, but we came down and we didn’t capitalize,” Koopman said. “We turned the ball over two times in a row.”
Studley had 18 points and Rutz added 10 for Central Montcalm.