Reed City’s defense stops Warriors

REMUS — Reed City’s girls basketball team made it two straight wins in the Central State Activities Gold Division with a 46-33 win on Friday over Chippewa Hills.

The Coyotes overcame early deficits to notch the win.

“We’re starting off the new year well, 2-0,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman smiled.

Jenna Lentz had a lay-up late in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 13-11 lead.

However, the Coyotes started gaining control in the second quarter. Alanna Nelson’s 3-pointer gave the Coyotes a 17-15 edge.

Emily Libey scored for a 24-17 Coyote lead. The Warriors came back with baskets from Rachel Lobert and Alexis Issette to cut the Coyote lead to 24-22 at halftime. Libey had 12 points by halftime while Issette had eight.

“We started picking up their point guard and got pressure on her,” Koopman said. “In the third period, we came out full court and didn’t want to allow them to set up their offense and get screens. I thought the kids did a great job of that. I thought we rebounded the ball well.”

Issette netted a 3-pointer at 3:06 of the third putting Reed City up 30-25.

Jordyn Storch’s two free throws at 2:10 gave Reed City a 32-25 lead. Alexis Issette then hit another 3-pointer for the Warriors, who trailed 34-28 going into the fourth.

Libey’s putback gave Reed City a 38-28 lead midway in the fourth. Kamryn Myers added two Reed City free throws moments, followed by two from Libey, for a 14-point bulge. Issette’s triple at 1:45 cut it to 44-33, but time ran out on the Warriors.

“In the first half, we did well, but in the second half, we kind of slowed down,” Chippewa Hills coach CJ Blaha said. “We just have to watch film and see what we can get better at.”

“We struggled offensively shooting the ball,” Koopman said. “But our defense and free throws won the game.”

Libey finsihed with 15 points while Storch and Alyssa Olds had seven.

“We did a good job to open up the third quarter and get a lead,” Koopman said.

The Coyotes (4-4, 2-2) on Wednesday will host Big Rapids, weather permitting. They are at Central Montcalm this Friday.