REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team outscored Lakeview 18-4 in the first quarter on its way to a 49-26 win on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Reed City High School.

“I thought our defense was awesome,” head coach Brian Koopman said. “That’s what we’ve been living on. Giving up 26 points in a basketball game is pretty good.

“I thought it was a great team effort. From the tip to the end, I thought we played hard. Our energy was great.”

Lakeview scored the game’s first basket to go up 2-0, but the Coyotes responded with an 18-2 run to close the quarter. Kamryn Myers scored eight of her 15 points in the first.

The Coyotes kept the intensity going in the second quarter and led 31-14 at halftime and 37-19 after three quarters.

Emily Libey scored 12 points for the Coyotes and Alyssa Olds and Layla Yost tallied four points, apiece. Ten different Coyotes tallied points in Tuesday’s game.

“We’re starting to see a lot of things out of other kids, which is helping the team,” Koopman said. “We had some injuries early on and some kids stepped up and got some playing time. They’re playing better now and that’s awesome.”

The defense has been Reed City’s calling card this season. The Coyotes are allowing just 31.2 points per game. Taylor Harrison only had three points but was a thorn in the side of Lakeview all night.

Harrison had her hands on many pass deflections and was able to jump into passing lanes to create steals.

“We need to continue to do that,” Koopman said. “We did a good job of getting into passing lanes and reading the ball tonight. That’s what we need to continue to do. We’re not big; Lakeview’s big and we knew we wanted to put pressure on them and make them get into a run game.

“I think that worked for us and we ran them down and wore them out.”

The Coyotes have work to do at the free throw line after a 15-of-33 performance on Tuesday.

“Our free throw percentage is bad,” Koopman said. “We need to start making those.”