Reed City opens season with win over Pine River

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team opened its first week of action with a 1-1 record.

The Coyotes fell to 1-1 with a 36-16 loss to host Cadillac on Friday. Hanna Price had six points and Lauren Voelker five points for Reed City.

“Cadillac had three kids in the paint around 6 foot or bigger,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “It was a hard match up for us. I thought in the first half, we outrebounded them and played pretty good. We didn’t make some easy shots off the transition. We’ll just keep plugging away.”

Meanwhile, it was an enjoyable season opener for the Reed City Coyotes on Tuesday (Dec. 1).

Voelker scored 19 points to lift the Coyotes over Pine River 48-44 in the first girls basketball game for both teams.

Reed City struggled through a winless season last year but used a pesky defense and timely shooting to get Tuesday’s win.

Julie and Kierra Justin both had 10 points for Pine River.

Voelker was playing her first game since the season opener last year when she tore her ACL. She missed the entire season.

“Her sophomore year she was really good, didn’t start, but  played a lot for us, and did well,”  Koopman said. “The first half in this game, boom, her ACL. It’s good to have her back. She does a lot of things. She’ll play any position you want.”

“It was nice to finally win again and be able to be on the court again,” Voelker said. “It was really fun. I’m still out of shape and I feel this team has a lot of growing to do. But we’re off to a good start.”

The Coyotes were up 23-21 at halftime. Kierra Justin netted six points in the first quarter for the Bucks while Emily Libey had five points for Reed City. Megan Donley’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the visitors an 11-9 lead.

Voelker scored four straight field goals to ignite the visitors to a 21-12 lead in the second. The Bucks came back with Kaylee Goodman hitting five straight points and Justin followed with four points.

Voelker’s two free throws followed by Alyssa Olds’ layup gave the Coyotes a 29-24 lead early in the third. Donley’s triple put Reed City up 33:28 at 2:35.

The Coyotes had a key 5-point surge in the final seconds of the third quarter for a 39-30 lead. Kamryn Myers netted a 3-pointer and Meghan Borst followed with a field goal.

Two Voelker free throws early in the fourth gave Reed City a 43-32 lead while the Bucks continued to struggle offensively. Justin’s 3-pointer cut the Coyote lead to 43-35 at 3:31. The Bucks employed a full-court press and Anna Lindquist scored two straight field goals for a 43-39 score at 2:51. Goodman scored at 2:23 for a two-point game.

Libey scored at the other end for a 45-41 advantage. The Bucks cut it to two on a Lindquist basket with 40.7 seconds to play. Voelker hit a free throw for Reed City. Lindquist hit a free throw with 17.9 seconds left and Myers scored a breakaway layup at the other end for a four-point lead to seal the win.

“This is a huge one for us because last year we were 0-21,” Koopman said. “To sneak one out there at the end and win the game is huge for my kids. It gives them a lot of confidence.”

Libey had nine points while Donley and Myers added seven. Anselma Barnett had 10 rebounds for the Bucks. Reed City had 33 team rebounds.

“With our bench, a lot of kids came in and gave us minutes here and there,” Koopman said. “I thought our defense played well at times. Pine River made a run and got close. We had a big rebound or would tip the ball out of bounds. Overall, I thought we did an awesome job.”

“We have to make free throws,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “We were 4-for-15. That was the difference in the game. We’re a lot better than that. We turned the ball over too much because of sloppy basketball.”

Price did not play because of ankle issues, Koopman said.

“I liked our effort in the fourth quarter, but we shouldn’t have gotten in that situation in the first place,” Ruppert said. “I thought Reed City outhustled us.”

Reed City played at Clare Tuesday and is home Friday against Tri County.