Reed City's basketball season ends at 6-14



CADILLAC -- In the second of two boys Division 2 District 35 Tournament semifinal games, it was the Ludington Orioles who emerged victorious 49-28 over the Coyotes of Reed City on Wednesday night at Cadillac High School.

Reed City struggled for consistency in the game's opening quarter, finding the bottom of the basket just once via a 3-pointer.

Eight minutes and just six Coyote points later, Ludington was up 21-9 going into the break at halftime.

For Ludington, the first 16 minutes of action was a vastly different story, and the Orioles were able to take advantage of Reed City's lack of offensive production throughout the first half.

The second half provided some respite and a glimmer of optimism for the RC faithful, as the Coyote boys clawed their way back within striking distance with the beginning of a new half.

RC was able to trim their deficit down to single digits midway through the third quarter, cutting the Ludington to six points with 90 seconds left on the third-quarter clock.

Even with Reed City's ascent in the second half, a Ludington buzzer-beating 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter quickly put the Orioles up 32-21 going to the final eight minutes.

During the fourth quarter, Ludington's tenacity and sharpshooting proved to be too much for RC to handle despite its best efforts.

As the final minutes of the Coyotes' season dwindled away, the Oriole lead ballooned to more than 20 points.

With the defeat, Reed City sees its season come to a close. The Coyotes were 6-14 during the season. It was Jesse Kailing's first year in his second stint as head coach.