Reed City's putbacks too much for White Cloud

REED CITY — Offensive rebounds and putbacks is a combination that’s going to make any girls basketball team tough to beat.

That was the case for Reed City Monday night in a 67-33 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) victory over White Cloud.

The Coyotes enjoyed several putbacks in building a 30-13 halftime lead and were able to hold back the Indians the rest of the way.

Karah Hensel scored 14 points for Reed City while Makenzie Switzer added 13.

“I thought we’ve been rebounding the ball well all year, that’s something we’ve been emphasizing,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We’ve been between 30 and 40 rebounds a game, I’ve been happy with the team.”

Reed City improved to 6-5 overall and 6-3 in the CSAA. The Coyotes have won four straight.

White Cloud fell to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the CSAA.

Alaina Woodard hit a triple in sparking the Coyotes to a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. Hensel had two straight layups for a 20-6 advantage. Lauren Voelker drove inside for a 24-11 Coyote advantage.

White Cloud struggled against Reed City’s pressure defense in the second quarter and the Coyotes took advantage.

“Obviously, rebounds killed us,” said White Cloud coach Jana Dakin. “For the third game in a row, we had more turnovers than points. You can’t win doing that.”

“Our man-to-man defense has gotten better,” Koopman said. “We’re talking and communicating better, denying the pass and putting pressure on the person with the ball. that created a lot of steals for us which creates easy baskets on the other end.”

Switzer drilled a field goal, followed by a triple for a 37-15 lead early in the third. Switzer, who had nine points in the quarter, scored off a steal for a 43-18 lead moments later. Hannah Price’s layup made it 47-18 with 55 seconds left in the quarter.

Kendra Repo hit three points early in the fourth to help Reed City build a 55-25 lead.

“We were working on getting the rebounds, that’s really a key for us,” Hensel said. “We’re working on our fast breaking the last couple of games.”

White Cloud was led by Ivery Cook with seven points.

Natalie Westhoff had 10 rebounds for Reed City, followed by Jacolyn Mullins with nine and Hensel with six. Hensel had six steals while Switzer added five.

Reed City had 16 assists as a team.

“Our shots were starting to fall. Early in the year we got looks at the basket offensively, “ Koopman said. “We just didn’t make them. (Monday), I thought we got some good looks too but didn’t make some of those. Our hustle, defense and rebounds have been huge the last few games. It’s starting to pay off for us that way.”

Reed City is home Thursday night against Big Rapids.