Steve Ernst era begins: Reed City waltzes past Evart

Coyotes have big offensive night against Wildcats

Steve Ernst



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REED CITY – It was a highly successful debut for new Reed City boys basketball coach Steve Ernst in an 74-32 win over Evart to open the season for both teams on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Among the fans watching the game was Ernst’s dad, Jerry Ernst, coach of the 1980 Reed City boys state championship team. Jerry Ernst coached the Coyotes 1974-80.

Spencer Hanson had nine assists and 10 points for the winners. Max Hammond had 12 points while Seth Jackson had 15 points. Ty Kailing had 13 points. Canyon Reed had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

“We play fast and if we’re not smart with ball we can look sloppy,” Ernst said. “For the first game both teams were playing hard and it was sloppy at times. But I saw some good transition basketball in there.”

It was 30-10, Reed City, at halftime.


Evart 45, Reed City 39

EVART – Evart slipped past Reed City in a nonleague battle of Osceola County girls basketball rivals on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Evart was up 12-2 after the first quarter, 22-15 at halftime and 37-24 after the third quarter.

Raquel DuBreuil led Reed City with 14 points, Paige Lofquist with nine and Christina Malackanich with eight.

Addy Gray scored 19 points for Evart and Skylar Baumgardner had 15. 

“We can’t start games off down 12-2 after the first quarter,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. “We dug ourselves in a hole and got behind by as many as 16 points in the first half. We can’t do that. We don’t; have the offensive firepower to come back from something like that. We cut it to four with 30 seconds to go.

“We able to apply some pressure and turn the ball over. But where was that for the other 31 minutes? We have some work to do. We did some very uncharacteristic things tonight that I thought we moved away from. Hopefully we’ll take this away with some learning.”