Reed City girls posts two more victories

NEWAYGO — Emily Libey scored 12 points while Alanna Nelson had 11 and Alyssa Olds added eight in Reed City’s Central State Activities Association Gold Division win 51-38 at Newaygo on Friday.

Kamryn Myers had seven points and six assists, Taylor Harrison had six points and Meghan Borst had five points and six rebounds.

“This was a team we lost to earlier in the season by 20 at our house,”  Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I thought we played well to come down here and beat them. I thought we played solid defense. Every kid came in and did a great job for us.”

Reed City (6-6, 4-4) was up 29-13 at halftime.

“We’re getting out on transition and scoring,” Koopman said. “Friday night, we worked the ball around very well. It was a good game all-round for us.”

The Coyotes played at Morley Stanwood on Tuesday night. They’re home with Fremont on Friday.

Meanwhile, it was a memorable moment last March when the Coyotes narrowly defeated the Clare Pioneers for the Class B girls basketball district title.

It perhaps wasn’t as memorable on Jan. 24 when the two teams met in a non-conference battle. But Reed City (5-6) drew the honors again with a 58-48 win over Clare (7-4).

It was 26-21, Coyotes, at halftime.

“We talked about the game (Jan. 20) against Central Montcalm that we came out and were totally flat,” Koopman said. “We got beat badly. My thing in practice on Monday was we have to play physical like we can, we have to box out and we have to get offense from our defense and you saw that tonight.”

Myers and Nelson both hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter. Myers’ 3-pointer made it 14-5 late in the opening quarter,which ended in a 14-7 Reed City lead.

“We got out to an 11-2 lead and we were fast breaking and our defense was great,” Koopman said. “I thought that for the whole game our defense was great. They didn’t get many chances and we got a lot of fast breaks off our defense. That’s how we have to play.”

Borst passed to Jordyn Storch for a layup and 16-7 lead to open the second. The Pioneers started hitting some shots including a 3-pointer from Natalee Kunse to keep it close. Myers drove for the final basket of the half with 16 seconds remaining.

Both teams struggled offensively the first half of the third quarter. Libey hit two straight shots to give her team a 31-21 lead at 2:40. Clare finally scored in the quarter on Ellie Johnson’s basket, making it 33-23.

Myers connected at 1:10 for a 35-23 advantage. It was 37-27 after three quarters.

Libey hit two free throws at 6:45 for a 43-29 lead. Myers scored at 5:20 for a 46-30 cushion. Clare hit seven straight points during a stretch and Libey connected for a 52-39 lead at 2:52. Bailey Hubel’s 3-pointer at 0:50 made it a 52-45 game. Nelson’s two free throws upped the lead to nine points and time ran out on Clare.

“We’re not very big but we can run the floor,” Koopman said. “We’re athletic. Tonight, we came out, set the pace and played good. When we play hard and set the tone, we’re a good basketball team.”

Myers led the Coyotes with 18 points while Libey had 11, Nelson 10 and Meghan Borst nine.

“Borst has been playing good defense and is starting to look to score and be more of a threat in there,” Koopman said. “I give her a lot of credit. She played hard.”

“We came out from the start and worked really hard on defense,” Libey said. “I don’t think we gave up or anything. We worked the ball nicely on offense.”

Kayla Junge had 10 points for Clare.