REED CITY — The girls basketball season is down to its final two weeks with the Reed City Coyotes set for a home game Friday night against Chippewa Hills.

Reed City had to fight off Central Montcalm at the free-throw line Friday night before coming away with a 57-48 victory over the Hornets in Central State Activities Association girls basketball action.

Central only netted 11 shots from the floor but was 24-of-30 from the free-throw line.

Emma Lockhart scored 18 points and had four assists, four steals and four rebounds for the Coyotes while Kalee Hensel had 13 points and six boards.

“My hat goes off to Central Montcalm everytime we play them,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “It’s always physical, grind it out. The first time we played them, we jumped out early. They got fouls called on them and they hit their free throws. Its dejavu tonight. You give a team a chance to shoot and make that many free throws, they’re going to stay in the game. They did.”

Leading 30-25 at halftime, the Coyotes continued to lead through the third, taking a 38-32 advantage after a drive from Kalee Hensel midway through the period. Emma Lockhart connected at 2:50 for a 40-33 lead. Kortney McKeown’s triple cut the Coyote lead to 42-39 with 1:20 to play.

Reed City led 43-40 going into the fourth. Central cut it to 46-45 on a basket from Alex Barnwell. But Lockhart netted two free throws and Karah Hensel followed with a jumper for a 50-45 score. Tia Lintemuth connected at 2:50 for a 52-45 advantage. The Hornets weren’t able to cut into the lead after that.

Kalee Hensel scored to give the Coyotes an early 8-3 lead. The Hornets stayed closed in the first quarter despite hitting just two field goals and one at the buzzer. They were 9-of-13 in free throws.

But with Hensel scoring six points, Reed City led after one 16-13. Amanda Steig connected for two baskets to give the hosts an 18-13 lead early in the second. Lockhart made a basket late in the quarter for a 28-23 lead.

“They pressed us the whole game, but I thought we did a good job against that,” Koopman said. “For the most part, we got 3-on-2 situations. Tonight we got into foul trouble but I thought the kids came off the bench and did a nice job. We had some kids playing out of position.”

Reed City, 9-4 in the league and 10-7 overall, plays, next Friday at home against Chippewa Hills

“I thought all the kids played well,” Koopman said. “There were 50 some fouls called in the game. There was just no rhythm.”

VS. MORLEY STANWOOD

On Feb. 7, the Coyotes lost to the No. 1-ranked team in Class C, Morley Stanwood.

The Mohawks shot out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter and a 33-13 bulge at halftime. It was 50-25 after the third quarter.

Lockhart led the Coyotes with nine points and Amanda Steig with six rebounds.