Reed City’s season ends in district loss

BENZONIA — Reed City's boys basketball team's season ended at 4-17 with a 38-35 loss to Cadillac in Monday's Class B district basketball action at Benzie Central.

Reed City was down by 15 points in the second quarter and fought back. It was 25-15, Cadillac, at halftime.

“We were tied at 35 with a minute to go,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said. “I'm proud of my team for battling back against a good team.”

Trent Sturgell had 15 points and three steals, while Cody Kailing had nine points and four rebounds.

Meanwhile, it was the final game of the regular season and last home appearance on March 1 for the Reed City Coyotes, who wanted a memorable evening against non-league boys basketball foe Lakeview.

But the Wildcats had different plans and posted a 45-38 victory on Tuesday.

Both teams were sluggish offensively in the first quarter which ended in a 10-8 Lakeview lead.

Phillip Jones had a 3-point play early in the second to cut Lakeview's lead to 14-13. Drew Bannen hit two free throws for a 18-13 lead. But then Reed City would take control. Dilan Hooper had a 3-pointer and two free throws to tie the game, 18-18. Karsten Koopman had a tip-in at the buzzer for a 27-24 Reed City advantage.

Kailing's 3-pointer gave Reed City a 32-26 lead at 2:30 of the third quarter. It was 34-28 going into the fourth.

Preston Johnson, up from the Reed City junior varsity, scored inside for a 36-30 lead at 4:40.

Lakeview's David Larson hit two free throws and followed with a 3-pointer for a 41-38 Wildcat lead at 2:05. The Coyotes weren't able to capitalize on their chances offensively. Two Bannen free throws gave Lakeview (13-7) a 43-38 lead with 30 seconds remaining and Larson made the half-court steal. Keola Kaaikala made the two free throws to seal the win.

"We played well the first 3 1/2 quarters of basketball," Kailing said. "They threw a 1-3-1 half-court trap on us and we fell apart. We had a lot of turnovers in the fourth quarter that ended up costing us the game."

"We're young but I don't care how many (young players) we have out there," Eads said. "Trent Sturgell fouled out. Other guys didn't step up. We played scared."

The Coyotes then turned their attention to a first-round Class B district game against Cadillac on Monday.

"We'll have to play great defense, talk, limit our turnovers and box out," Kailing said prior to the game.

Reed City lost to Cadillac in the season opener.

"They were missing one of their best players so we'll see a better Cadillac team on Monday," Eads said prior to the game. "We'll go in and do the best we can. We'll have to play better than we did in this game to have a shot."