Reed City teams sweep Manistee

Coyotes boys and girls post nonleague wins

Reed City coach Brennan Walsh talks to his team during a timeout of a recent game.

Reed City coach Brennan Walsh talks to his team during a timeout of a recent game.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – It was a good nonleague night for the Reed City basketball teams with both defeating Manistee at different sites on Tuesday.

The boys improved to 8-6 with a 59-44 win at home over Manistee (1-12).

“Defensively, we were pretty good in the first half, holding them to 10 points,” Reed City coach Brennan Walsh said. “The second half, we  had some breakdowns and they shot the ball well. We also didn’t do a good job of valuing the basketball at times, which led to some easy buckets for them.

“We made a season-high eight threes. They played a lot of zone, which we haven’t seen much of this season, but I thought we did a decent job of attacking it.”

Max Hammond had 19 points while Aiden Storz had 11 and Johnny Ondrus eight for Reed City.

“We are finally at full strength this week,” Walsh said. “Hopefully, it can stay that way and we can come together as a team this last month of the regular season.”

Girls game

Reed City improved to 6-10 with a 47-41 win at Manistee (7-8) on Tuesday.

Reed City had a 16-8 lead after the first quarter, 25-16 at halftime and 35-25 after the third period.

Molly Bowman scored 16 points to lead Reed City followed by Morgan Hammond with 13 and Kyleigh Weck with nine.

“Overall, it’s one of the better games we’ve played,” Coyote skipper Tim Beilfuss said. “We came out and put a lot of pressure on right away and caused some turnovers and executed a really good game plan. We were able to build up a 14 to 15-point lead in the first half.

“They were able to make a run in the fourth, but I was happy with how the kids finished off. We made free throws at the end and sealed the game off. Kyleigh Weck did a great job on the glass. She’s getting more aggressive on the offensive end. We were able get penetration and get kicks out to our guards and they were able to knock down shots. I’m really happy with how the kids are playing. Hayden Cutler coming off the bench had a really good game for us. It was a nice win for us on the road.”