Reed City tops Newaygo, falls to Morley Stanwood

REED CITY — Brenna Westhoff scored 10 points to lead Reed City (6-9, 3-5 CSAA Gold) to a 44-24 victory over Newaygo on Friday.

Emily Libey and Lauren Voelker scored nine points apiece for the Coyotes, who were scheduled to play Tuesday (Feb. 9) at home with Lakeview and next Tuesday at home with Grant.

Meanwhile, Morley Stanwood built its winning streak to four games (Feb. 2) with a 55-46 nonleague girls basketball victory over Reed City.

The Mohawks (12-1), ranked 10th in the latest Class C Associated Press state poll, had to fight off a strong upset bid by the Coyotes (5-9).

The two teams battled to a 31-31 halftime tie.

“We won, but give Reed City a lot of credit,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “We didn’t play our best game, but were able to hang on.”

“Overall, I thought we played very well,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I thought we just beat ourselves. We had 23 turnovers. We’ve been down in the 14, 15, 12, range. A lot of those came in the first half.”

The Mohawks built a 17-12 lead late in the first quarter. Emily Libey netted a 3-pointer to get the Coyotes back in the game. Shannon Thompson and Mallory Raven scored to get the Mohawks back up 19-15 going into the second quarter.

Mikayla Thumser scored midway in the second to give the Mohawks a 25-19 lead. The visitors later had a 30-23 advantage. But the Coyotes put on a surge, fueled by a 3-pointer from Alanna Nelson. Lauren Voelker, who had 13 first-half points, scored inside to end the half with the 31-31 tie.

“I give my kids a lot of credit,” Koopman said. “We were down that first half, came back and tied it up before halftime against the (No. 10) team in the state. I thought we played very well.

“Our defense wasn’t very good in the first half,” Raven said. “But I don’t want to take away anything from Reed City. They’re improved. I thought they were outhustling us and outplaying us.”

Brooke Huested scored for the Mohawks and Raven netted two free throws to open the second half. Marissa Frye hit two free throws for a 39-33 Mohawks advantage at 5:05. Frye scored off a drive for a 43-33 lead at 2:05 as the Coyote offense struggled before Libey hit a 3-pointer at 1:40. Nelson hit another three late in the quarter but the Mohawks were ahead 45-38.

Thompson netted two baskets to open the fourth quarter for the Mohawks. The Morley Stanwood offense patiently worked the ball around before finding Frye inside for a wide open layup and 51-39 lead midway through the quarter. Megan Donley’s 3-pointer cut the Coyote deficit to 52-42 with three minutes to play.

Morley Stanwood went into a stall offense in the final two minutes of the quarter and the Coyotes ran out of time. Raven netted two free throws with 11 seconds left to close the scoring.

“We came out in the third period and they got a little jump on us,” Koopman said. “We didn’t give up. We kept battling, we kept playing. We just didn’t box out at times. They got some easy baskets and put them back.”

Raven had 14 points while Thompson had 12. Frye scored nine, all in the second half.

Voelker led the Coyotes with 17 points while Libey had 13.

“Overall, I thought my kids played hard,” Koopman said. “I thought the kids came in and played hard and did a good job. We got outrebounded, that’s where we lost the game. We got into foul trouble.”

“I thought we played pretty hard, but we got outrebounded and didn’t come out strong enough at the beginning,” Reed City senior Hanna Price said.