Reed City girls fall twice to end regular season

Reed City's Kiera Barker takes a shot in recent actiom.
Reed City's Kiera Barker takes a shot in recent actiom.

REED CITY — Central Montcalm completed a 20-0 regular season with a 62-52 win over Reed City in girls basketball Central State Activities Association Gold Division action on Friday.

Kamryn Myers had 17 points for Reed City while Emily Libey had 16, Jordyn Storch eight and Sidni Rushford seven for Reed City (14-6, 10-4).

Reed City led 11-10 after the first quarter, but trailed 29-23 at halftime and 47-30 after the third quarter.

“Central Montcalm is a very good team,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “Our kids played hard. I have confidence going into districts.”

Earlier in the week, Big Rapids weathered a late Reed City rally to earn a 47-35 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Big Rapids High School.

Jayla Strickland had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Savannah Seath and Holly McKenna scored 12 points apiece. Kaitlyn Ray added five points, eight rebounds, and six assists for Big Rapids

“I thought we had some kids step up tonight,” Big Rapids coach Jessica Haist said. “Holly McKenna has had a great couple of games and is hitting some big shots. Savannah had a nice game. If we can get all our cylinders firing, that will help.”

Kamryn Myers led the Coyotes (14-5, 8-5) with 11 points and Emily Libey had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

“I thought we had a good game plan,” Koopman said. “We did a nice job against Strickland and Ray. We just couldn’t score and played East and West too much. We settled down in the second half and started playing our basketball but it was too late.

“I loved the effort, we never gave up.”

The Cardinals got off to a hot start in the first quarter with a McKenna jumper giving Big Rapids an 11-4 lead. The Cardinals played stingy defense and didn’t make anything easy for the Coyotes, who mustered just two points in the second.

Big Rapids would take a 20-6 lead into halftime.

“We moved the ball really well in the first half,” Haist said.

The Cardinals carried their first half momentum into the third quarter as Strickland scored right away to extend the lead to 16. Big Rapids led by as many as 18 points in the third and took a 33-15 advantage into the fourth.

A Harrison 3-pointer to start the quarter gave the Reed City offense life. The Coyotes’ drive-and-kick game allowed the team to get open looks from outside. A Storch 3-pointer capped an 18-9 Reed City run to trim the deficit to single digits at 42-33.

The Coyotes trimmed the lead down to eight late, but would not get closer than that.

“We were running out of gas,” Haist said. “I thought we were getting a little lazy on defense and they got some kick-outs that they hadn’t gotten all game because we didn’t move our feet.”