Reed City junior keys team's resurgence

Malackanich continues to play well

Christina Malackanich (24) gets set for a possible rebound in recent action.

Christina Malackanich (24) gets set for a possible rebound in recent action.

Herald Review photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – The Tuesday Reed City at Big Rapids boys basketball rematch received plenty of hype.

But not to be overlooked was the first Tuesday game between the two girls teams with Reed City, which has been playing pretty good basketball lately, taking on a Big Rapids squad which won the first matchup 50-30.

In Reed City’s Friday’s night 58-35 win over the Chippewa Hills Warriors in Central State Activities Association Gold action, Christina Malackanich had 21 points and Kyleigh Weck 14 to lead the Reed City attack. Paige Lofquist and Alex Stein had six points apiece for Reed City.

“Christina had a great game with 21 points. She really took care of the paint tonight,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said.

The Coyotes have won three straight and are 7-9 overall. They are 6-4 in the CSAA, one game behind second place Big Rapids and Grant at 7-5.

“We’ve been working together and putting it inside,” Malackanich, a junior said. “We’ve been looking at our  posts to score.”

The team has been a lot more aggressive since November when the season first started, she agreed. Her point totals have been impressive in recent games

“I think I’ve gotten a little better but I think some days I go back to how I used to be,” Malackanich said. “I was not as aggressive as I am now.”

But in recent games, Malackanich has been playing more aggressive and has been attacking the basket on a regular basis.

The Coyotes played at Big Rapids on Tuesday and are home on Friday against Central Montcalm.