Reed City girls rally past White Cloud

Brian Koopman
Brian Koopman

REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team pulled away from White Cloud for a 44-27 victory on Thursday.

“They’re a very good team,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I think our defensive philosophy and pressure wore them out. We were able to create some turnovers and get some easy baskets.

“It was a good team effort.”

Junior Kamryn Myers scored 22 points, including 13 in the second half. Taylor Harrison had seven points and Jordyn Storch added five points.

“(Myers) is a three-year varsity player,” Koopman said. “She’s grown and matured every year. She’s a good point guard and understands the game. She can go left or right, she can shoot outside and take it to the basket.

“She’s a great defensive player. You can tell she’s put a lot of time in the gym. She just learns and listens. We’re grateful to have her.”

Reed City improved its record to 6-0 (2-0) while White Cloud fell to 3-4 on the year.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as Reed City struggled to find rhythm on offense. The Coyotes took a 16-15 lead into halftime.

A 15-3 third-quarter run by Reed City — including a 3-pointer from Myers as time expired — aided the Coyotes in building a 31-18 advantage entering the fourth. Myers scored eight of her 13 second-half points in the third.

“We play the tale of two halves all the time,” Koopman said. “The past few games we’ve started off slow in the first half and pick things up in the second half. We can’t do that against the very good teams. We have to come out and bring that intensity from the get-go.”

The Coyotes hang their hat on defense and that was on full display Thursday night. The team was able to keep the ball out of the hands of White Cloud’s play-making guard Hannah Brown for most of the second half, forcing other players to handle the ball.

Reed City also forced White Cloud into numerous backcourt violations in the second half.

“In the second half, our adjustment was to double (Brown) up and not let her get the ball back,” Koopman said. “Our pressure was tough and it created turnovers. That’s going to be huge for us until we get our offense going.”

Reed City enters the holiday break undefeated. The Coyotes are keeping pace with conference foes Big Rapids (7-0) and Central Montcalm (6-0) in what is shaping up to be a fierce race to the finish in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

“As a team, we need to come together,” Koopman said. “We’ve got a long way to go. We’re going to get into the heart of our schedule right now. We’ll find out where we stand soon.”