Reed City girls prevail in overtime over Grant

REED CITY — Reed City made the key plays in the late going and the Coyotes prevailed 58-55 in overtime over Grant in Central State Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball action on Friday.

It was tied 48-48 after regulation.

Emily Libey’s 3-pointer gave her team a 52-50 lead at 1:51 of overtime.

Meghan Borst added a layup at 1:30 for a four-point lead. Ashley Herin’s 3-pointer for Grant made it 54-53. Taylor Harrison hit two free throws for the Coyotes.

Herin followed with a field goal. Borst added a free throw and both teams had turnovers.

Libey hit a free throw with 10 seconds to go for a 58-55 lead and Grant (1-7, 0-3) missed a 3-point try at the other end. The Coyotes (3-4, 1-2) were able to run out the clock.

It was Reed City’s first game back from the holiday break.

“We came out harder than we usually do,” Reed City junior Alanna Nelson said. “We battled through it. We’re figuring out how to come out hard.”

The Coyotes were up 15-12 after the first quarter and 30-18 at halftime. Alyssa Olds had 13 points in the first half and Kamryn Myers added 10 for Reed City.

“I thought we did a great job of beating the press,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We only had 13 turnovers the whole game.”

Grant started making a move in the third quarter, using full-court defensive pressure.

Jill Arends hit a pair of 3-pointers for Grant and Laura Bouwkamp added one.

The Tigers suffered a major loss late in the quarter when 6-foot, 1-inch sophomore center Kyle Patton drew her fifth foul.

Reed City’s lead was 42-36 going into the fourth. Olds scored at 3:50 to give her team a 44-40 lead. Ashley Herin’s triple cut the cut to 44-43 at 3:05. Herin hit two free throws a minute later for a 45-44 Grant lead.

Olds drove for the go-ahead basket at 2:00. She scored inside with 41 seconds to play for a 48-45 lead.

But Herin swished a tying 3-pointer seconds later. Reed City failed on two shot attempts from the other end to send the game into overtime.

“The kids played hard and played through it,” Koopman said. “I  was impressed with our young kids coming in.”

Olds led Reed City with 19 points, while Libey and Myers scored 13. Herin had 13 points for Grant. Reed City’s defense had 11 steals.

“We were driving more and definitely boxing out,” Myers said. “We shouldn’t have let them shoot so many threes.”

Reed City is home Wednesday against Tri County in CSAA Gold action. The game was rescheduled from a snowout on Tuesday.