Reed City girls fall to Grant, defeat Tri County

GRANT — Emily Libey scored 11 points and Kamryn Myers added six to lead the Coyotes in their 47-26 loss to the Tigers on Friday.

The Coyotes kept it close through three quarters of play but were outscored 20-8 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Reed City jumped above the .500 mark on Tuesday and did it in impressive fashion.

The Coyotes (8-7, 5-4) held back the second-place team in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division with a 49-42 win over Tri County (9-6, 6-3) in girls basketball action.

It was 31-20 at halftime.

“This is a huge win for us,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We’ve been playing good basketball except for that game with Morley Stanwood (on Jan. 31). Then we beat Fremont and come around and win this game. That’s some huge momentum for us.”

Libey and Jordyn Storch hit consecutive baskets for a 25-13 lead with 2:33 left in the second quarter, as Tri County continued to shoot poorly. Nelson’s 3-pointer gave the Coyotes a 29-16 lead with just over a minute left in the half. Myers had two free throws for a 31-20 Coyote lead with 45 seconds left in the half. Libey had nine points and Myers eight at halftime.

“I thought our defense in the first half was great,” Koopman said. “In the second half our defense was pretty good. I always say if we hold a team to the high 30s or low 40s, we’ll be in the game, and we were. We just scored enough.”

Alanna Nelson and Meghan Borst opened the second half with a pair of baskets for a 35-21 lead. Alyssa Olds scored for a 37-25 Reed City lead midway in the half. Olds’ layup with 2:35 left in the quarter made it 39-28. Olds made a nice move to the basket for a layup and 41-30 lead going into the fourth.

Tri County started making its move before Olds hit two free throws for a 43-36 lead. The Vikings cut it to 45-40 midway in the quarter and the Coyotes tried hanging onto the ball. Libey’s putback made it 47-40 at 2:05.

Jenna DeGeer’s two free throws made it 47-42, and the Coyotes started missed their foul shots. Taylor Harrison had a free throw at 0:59 for a 48-42 lead and Libey added one at 0:35 to make it a three-possession game as time ran out on the Vikings.

“I just thought in the second half, our offense was great and we were getting looks to the basket,” Koopman said. “We just didn’t make them. We had some great free throw opportunities but didn’t make some of them. But we made enough.”

Olds for Reed City and DeGeer for Tri County fouled out in the late going.

Reed City had 30 rebounds, 10 steals and nine turnovers.

Libey and Olds had 12 points apiece for Reed City while Meghan Borst, Myers, Nelson and Storch added six apiece. DeGeer had 20 for Tri County.

“Definitely it was our fast break, boxing out, getting rebounds and working the ball more,” Myers said. “It’s definitely one of our best wins. But we could have played a lot better.”

This game was rescheduled because of weather from earlier in the season.

Reed City is home on Friday against Chippewa Hills.