Reed City girls hold back White Cloud

Coyote boys remain undefeated

Reed City girls basketball coach Tim Beilfuss (right) and assistant Emma Lockhart celebrate their team's win over White Cloud on Tuesday.

Reed City girls basketball coach Tim Beilfuss (right) and assistant Emma Lockhart celebrate their team's win over White Cloud on Tuesday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Reed City girls and boys basketball teams both ended the 2021 portion of their schedules with nonleague wins.

The girls were home and scored a 60-33 victory over White Cloud on Tuesday, Dec. 20. It was only 8-7, Reed City, after the first quarter but the Coyotes had a huge 24-4 scoring edge in the second quarter and were up 32-11 at halftime. And 50-20 after the third quarter. The hosts had an 18-13 scoring advantage in the fourth.

“We were shaking off the cobwebs after that first quarter and put up 53 the rest of the game, I love that,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. “That first quarter killed us. I didn’t like the energy and intensity they came out with. You worry about that over Christmas break, no school and stuff.

“After the first quarter, they came to play with a lot of energy and mixed it up on defense and it was nice to be able to score that many points and not have to press people to do it.”

Reed City is 2-4.

Paige Lofquist and Kyleigh Weck both scored 15 points for Reed City while Christina Malackanich netted 12.

Kiara Edwards had 11 for White Cloud.

“It’s a little bit better than I thought we’d be,” Beilfuss said. “I’m happy with the energy that they bring every day. We’ll fix a coupe of things over break and maybe add in a couple of things. I think if we fine tune some stuff we can compete with people the second half of the season.”

Reed City is home on Jan. 4 against Clare.

Reed City 77, White Cloud 44 (boys)

WHITE CLOUD – Reed City improved to 4-0 with a Dec. 20 nonleague win at White Cloud.

It was 54-19 at halftime. Max Hammond and Ty Kailing had 17 points apiece. Canyon Reed had 13 rebounds.

“We turned it up defensively in the second quarter,” Reed City coach Steve Ernst said. “At times tonight, we looked like the Reed City basketball team we are aspiring to be. I’m pleased with 53 points at the half. It was Reed City hoops old style.”

Reed City is at Clare on Jan. 4.