Reed City girls fall to Newaygo

By Maxwell Harden

Herald Sports Writer

REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team has yet to find a winning formula on its home court, falling to Newaygo 49-28 Friday at home.

The loss drops the Coyotes (1-3) to 0-3 at home this season

“We don’t like playing at home,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said, jokingly. “Our first two games at home we’ve come out slow and tonight was no different. We didn’t box out well in the first half. We didn’t seem to play aggressive and hard.

“We got some looks but didn’t make them, and I didn’t think Newaygo could miss. It was just one of those games.”

Emily Libey and Kamryn Myers led the Coyotes with seven points apiece, while Jordyn Storch added six points.

Reed City was without key junior Alyssa Olds, who didn’t play for the second straight game. The Coyotes shot 11-of-46 from the field, including 1-of-14 on 3-pointers.

“Without Olds in there right now, that really hurts us bad,” Koopman said. “We’re out of whack right now as far as flow and rotation.”

Newaygo senior Kylee Chelsea scored a game-high 27 points, nearly outscoring the Coyotes by herself. Jenna Janke also added seven points for the Lions.

The Lions started the game on a 10-2 run before a Kamryn Myers’ 3-pointer stopped the drought.

Reed City was aggressive on the offensive glass in the second quarter, but was not able to convert on second-chance opportunities. A Madison Cook 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the second quarter gave Newaygo a 21-11 halftime lead.

Consecutive Chelsea jumpers gave the Lions a 34-19 lead before a Reed City basket made it a 34-21 game entering the fourth.

Newaygo outscored Reed City 15-7 in the fourth quarter to win 49-28. A Chelsea 3-pointer at the 2:00 mark was exclamation point of the game.

“Every time we had momentum they would take it away,” Koopman said. “We’re struggling right now.”

Reed City faced White Cloud at 7 p.m. Tuesday at White Cloud High School.