Reed City girls onto district semifinals

REED CITY — It wasn’t that long ago that the Reed City Coyotes were struggling at 0-5.

Look at ‘em now.

The Coyotes won on Monday, 64-48 over the host Fremont team in the Class B district first-round game. Reed City had a 36-32 lead at halftime and then limited the Packers to 16 points in the second half. Abby DeLong, who netted 14 points in the first half for Fremont, did not score in the second half.

Emma Lockhart had 23 points and six steals for the Coyotes while Kalee Hensel added 19 points and six rebounds and Jordyn Mason had eight points. Amanda Steig and Tia Lintemuth contributed four steals apiece.

“Fremont is big and plays a lot of zone,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “They’re very similar to a White Cloud team. They mix up their zones.”

Reed City has a semifinal game 8 p.m. Wednesday at Fremont against Newaygo.

Lockhart fired in 15 points while the sister combination of Karah and Kalee Hensel combined for 21 points in leading Reed City to a 55-51 victory Saturday in the regular-season and Central State Activities Association games for both teams.

The Coyotes finish the CSAA in third place at 12-4 and are 14-7 overall.

“Considering we started out 0-5, to turn it around and only lose two over the last (16) games, that’s not bad,” Koopman said. “To start out like we did, it’s quite a surprise. We had a lot of kids coming back. It took us awhile to get our legs underneath us, get some flow going and get the kids playing together. Once we did that, we played some good basketball.”

Reed City led 29-26 at halftime but Andrea Henry started finding the range in three-pointers for the Wildcats. Henry netted four triples in the period including one that she followed with a free throw for a 42-39 lead.

Lockhart netted a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter with a 44-43 Coyote advantage. Kalee Hensel scored a layup off a steal for a 48-43 lead and did it again at 2:34 for a 52-45 advantage. She picked up a steal at the other end and two free throws by Lockhart with 59 seconds to play.

“I feel like we played decent,” said senior Amanda Steig. “We picked it up at the end.”

“The last four minutes of the game, we got a couple of quick steals and opened the lead up and were able to hang on and make free throws,” Koopman said. “I’m happy to get a a win, get out of here, nobody’s hurt and get ready for districts.”

Morgan Lindsey netted five points in the first quarter to power Lakeview to a 13-10 lead.

Kasey Miller ignited Reed City with a pair of triples in the second quarter and the Coyotes led 19-13 at the intermission.

“Our bench is a lot deeper this year than last year,” Koopman said. “We went six kids last year. This year we went with eight kids. That will be huge for us, playing Monday. That’s four games in seven days. I hope that helps us down the road.”

The four Coyote seniors playing in their final home regular season game were Jordyn Mason, Miller, Ally Stieg and Amanda Steig.

“I think we’ve been productive,” Steig said. “We started out slow but have been getting better. As a team, I believe we’ve playing our best basketball. We’ve been moving the ball well and working for good shots. Our defense has been working for us.”