Strong second half lifts Reed City girls over Chippewa Hills

REMUS— Both girls basketball teams were bidding for their first CSAA Gold win but Reed City prevailed over the Warriors on Friday 47-28 thanks to a 31-12 advantage in the second half.

It was tight throughout the first half. Emily Libey scored late in the quarter to spark Reed City to a 7-6 lead. Neither team could sustain momentum in the second quarter. The Warriors had some sharp moves to the basket for layups including one by Bailee Stirn. Libey had four points in the quarter, but it was 16-16 at halftime.

Lauren Voelker had a 3-point play and Megan Donley scored five points in the first two minutes of the third for a 24-18 Reed City lead. Grace Issette’s 3-pointer kept Chippewa Hills alive but Voelker added another basket late in the quarter and it was 31-22 going into the fourth.

Hannah Price scored off a fast break to give Reed City a 34-24 lead with six minutes remaining. Libey’s 3-pointer made it a 39-24 score moments later, while the Warrior offense continued to struggle. Alanna Nelson’s basket at 3:15 made it 43-26.

”I thought we made some adjustments at halftime with our press,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I thought the kids adjusted well. That opened the game for us, especially in the third quarter. I don’t think they got the ball over half court very many times.”

Libey scored 15 points, Donley 10 and Voelker nine for Reed City.

”In the first half, offensively, we had great looks,” Koopman said. “All year, we’ve struggled with shooting. Either we’re in a hurry or we throw it up there. We have to take more time with it.”

Kynnedi Williams had seven and Jorja Ray six points for the Warriors.

”We didn’t quite match the energy they came out with in the second half,” Chippewa Hills coach Lenny Starck said. “Free throws was a big difference. We were 3-for-22.

Reed City (4-7, 1-5) was at Montabella on Tuesday and is at Tri County on Friday in CSAA Gold Division action.