Reed City set for third showdown against Big Rapids girls in districts

REED CITY — Reed City lost 28-27 and 39-28 to Big Rapids during the regular season in Central State Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball play.

Wednesday, the Coyotes are at Chippewa Hills to play the Cardinals in the Class B district semifinals (7 p.m.). The winner plays Friday night for the district crown.

“Defensively we played well in those games,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “We have to find better ways to score. We have to take care of the ball and box out well, and make our easy shots. Our free-throw percentage has gone up.”

The regular season ended on Friday at home with a 68-35 win over Chippewa Hills. The Coyotes are 9-11 overall and 6-6 in the CSAA Gold.

Emily Libey and Alyssa Olds had 12 points apiece for Reed City. Voelker and Keylee Aemisegger had eight points each.

Voelker scored the game-winning basket with seven seconds to play in action on Feb. 23 against Central Montcalm for a 51-50 league victory. She had a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds while Olds added nine points.

“I thought our win on the road against Central Montcalm was a good win for us,” Koopman said. “The win over Chip was good because it gives us two wins in row. I thought these last two wins were good for us. Offensively, we scored 51 and 68, so those are pretty good numbers. Those were big wins for us.”

The Coyotes have quite a turnaround from an 0-21 season in 2014-15.

“We were 2-4 going into a break, beat Fremont then lost three or four in a row,” Koopman said. “We had big wins on the road. We’ve made a lot of progress.”