Morley Stanwood girls use strong third quarter to top Reed City

MORLEY—Reed City had them in the first half, but the Morley Mohawks found a way on Friday night.

Morley Stanwood took advantage of a strong second half to come back against Reed City in CSAA action on Friday night, winning 44-33.

Morley Stanwood advances to 9-2 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. Reed City falls to 5-10 overall and 3-4 in conference play.

It was Reed City jumping out to an early lead, 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and carrying a 22-16 advantage at the half. The third quarter was the turning point in the matchup though, as Morley Stanwood's defensive pressure opened up a number of opportunities.

"Really X's and O's wise there wasn't a lot of changes. Really it was just our energy level and effort. I think we hit the offensive boards a lot harder and defensively I thought we stepped up and played very well," MS coach Bob Raven said.

The Mohawks would outscore Reed City 22-4 in the third quarter and held the lead all the way to the end.

"For whatever reason it wasn't there in the first half. I don't know," Raven said. "We seem to be a second half team lately, we have to learn to play 32 minutes. But I'm glad the girls responded. We did feed off that defensive energy, it kind of guided us offensively. We got some easy buckets, their zone was tough for us to play against. They're pretty long and if you aren't shooting the ball well, it's tough to play against the zone."

For Reed City, it was a strong first half from outside that gave the Coyotes the early lead. Once the second half came,  the outside shooting cooled off.

"For us, we can't live and die by the three," Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. "First half we thought 'We like the three but we love layups.' We made four or five threes in the first half, second half we told them that they were going to increase the pressure and they have a tendency to be a second half team. We had a good idea what they thought about doing at half, getting the ball in the post, but the pressure just increased and our guard play needed to be better."

Makenna Martin led the Mohawks in scoring with 16 points. Lila Hoisington and Lynsey Biller both scored 10 points each as well. For Reed City, Carly Carlson led with 13 points while Molly Bowman scored nine points as well.

Morley Stanwood will go to Hart (10-2) on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Reed City will next go to Manistee (7-7) on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.