Reed City senior reflects on district title season

REED CITY — Five seniors graduated from this season’s Reed City girls basketball team under memorable circumstances.

That includes Brenna Westhoff, a starter, who won’t soon forget the 48-47 win in the Class B district final over Clare. It produced Reed City’s first district title since 2000.

“It’s just joy, happiness,” she said after the title game. “We worked so hard for this. We were 0-21 (last season) and came back from everything.”

The Coyotes fought back from a 10-point deficit to Clare early in the second half to take the historical win.

“We knew we just had to play our own game and calm down,” Westhoff said. “We were a little bit scared but we made it through.”

After the winter break, the team started kicking its play in gear, she recalled.

“That’s when we started winning and playing our best,” Westhoff said. “Ever since Christmas break, we knew we could do it.”

Two days earlier, the Coyotes defeated Big Rapids 48-41 to avenge two regular-season losses to the Cardinals.

“It was a pretty big win,” Westhoff said.

From an individual standpoint, she indicated she had hoped for a strong season.

“I may not have the numbers I wanted to in the scorebook, but it doesn’t matter, it’s a team sport,” Westhoff said. “We have to work hard to play great defense.”