Reed City girls' third quarter explosion too much for Warriors

REED CITY — A 21-2 third quarter ignited Reed City past Chippewa Hills on Friday in a Central Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball battle 51-40.

It was only a 25-19 halftime lead for the Coyotes following a sluggish second quarter offensively for both teams.

The Coyotes hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, including two apiece for Kamryn Myers and Emily Libey, but the Warriors, led by Grace Issette and her eight points kept it close with Reed City leading 17-14 after the first quarter.

The Warriors had only four free throws from Alexis Issette for their only scoring most of the second quarter until Rachel Lobert drove for a layup late in the half. Libey hit a 3-pointer to help the Coyotes maintain a six-point halftime lead.

But Reed City was not to be denied in the third quarter. Libey's 3-pointer made it 40-19 with 2:42 left in the period. It was 41-21 going into the fourth.

"We learned a lot from that," Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. "'I didn't think we played that badly in the first half. I told the girls in the third period we were going to open it up and get after it. And they responded. They did a great job."

Layla Yost hit two free throws early in the fourth for a 48-21 Coyote lead.

"That third quarter really hurt us," Chippewa Hills coach CJ Blaha said. "But we came back strong at the end."

Reed City (10-8, 7-5) beat Chippewa Hills (8-10, 2-10) earlier this season 46-33.

"The first half, we were still in a slump," Olds said. "In the third we played good defense and got down the court on the fast break. We did well."

Libey had 10 points for Reed City while Myers, Alanna Nelson and Olds had nine points apiece.

"At times we made the extra pass when we didn't need to and at times we should have made the extra pass," Koopman said, "especially on the fast break a couple of times. Against the zone, sometimes we pass the ball and don't reverse it enough and shoot too quickly. We have to get a little patient there."

Issette led Chippewa Hills with 13 points.

"Most of my points were in the first," she said. "We kind of fell apart in the second and third. In the fourth, we brought it back together."

Reed City will host Central Montcalm in CSAA Gold action on Tuesday.