GRANT \u2014 A Class B district championship was nearly in the grasp of the Reed City Coyotes Friday night. But the Fremont Packers nailed the key shots down the stretch and pulled out a 50-41 win over the Coyotes. Reed City, which had stunned Big Rapids 47-40 in overtime on Wednesday, ended its season at 15-7 while Fremont advances to the regionals at 19-6. Jared Holmquist led Reed City with 25 points. Tyler Krim netted 19 points for Fremont. \u201cI give my guys a lot of credit,\u201d said Reed City coach Jesse Kailing. \u201cWe weren\u2019t supposed to win Wednesday night and we weren\u2019t supposed to win (Friday). But we gave them heck and just about came out of here with a win.\u201d \u201cI think it was our defense,\u201d said Fremont coach Pete Zerfas. \u201cWe turned the ball over way too much. You have to credit Reed City for that with their pressure man-to-man. And we didn\u2019t make free throws. So the key to the whole thing was our defense getting stops and allowing us to stay in the game and slowly build a lead.\u201d The Coyotes were up 17-15 at halftime. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Reed City found it tough to penetrate inside against Fremont\u2019s 6-foot-9 junior Lucas McKian. Trent Sims score inside at 5:30 for a 20-19 Coyote advantage. Krim hit a 3-pointer midway in the quarter for a 22-20 lead. Holmquist had a 3-point play and followed with a free throw with 2:20 to play for a 24-24 tie moments later. But McKian followed with two straight baskets and a free throw for a 29-24 lead. Trailing 31-24, Reed City got back into it when Holmquist scored, was fouled and Fremont was called for a technical foul. Holmquist hit three straight free throws and the Packer lead was only 31-29. It stayed that way after the third quarter. The first points of the fourth quarter were scored at 5:24 on two Holmquist free throws for a 31-31 tie. Krim followed with two free throws moments later but Justin countered with a layup for a 33-33 tie. Ryan Ansorge sank his first basket of the game, a triple at 4:20 for a three-point Packer advantage. Mike Siegel netted a triple at 3:29 and Fremont had a 39-33 lead. Siegel scored a layup off his own steal for a 41-33 lead at 2:29. He pulled off an instant replay moments later for a 43-33 advantage. Sims hit a free throw at 1:50 and the Coyotes went to full-court pressure. McKian hit a free throw at the other end. Justin scored with 1:22 to play and it was 44-36. Stieg's two free throws at 1:12 made it 45-38. The Packers were missing some free throws to keep it close. Holmquist's 3-pointer at 1:00 made it 45-41. Krim, who was accurate from the charity stripe, hit two foul shots with 55 seconds to play for a 47-41 lead. With 27.2 seconds to play, Krim hit a free throw for the 50-41 edge. \u201cDown the stretch, we knew we had to keep the game close,\u201d said Kailing. \u201cWe knew we had to keep it low scoring. When they hit the two big threes, that really put the dagger in. Before that, we had a chance to win the ballgame. I knew if the game stayed in the low 50 or low 40s we\u2019d have a chance to win. We kept it at 50. We just came up a little bit short.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019ve tried to get better each game,\u201d said Zerfas. \u201cBut our defense has been what got us here.\u201d Three Coyotes fouled out in the fourth: Dillon Lodholtz, Dakota Saez and Sims. Holmquist scored Reed City\u2019s first eight points to pace his team to an 8-6 lead. Ricky Droke hit a pair of free throws for the Coyotes who trailed 11-10 after the first quarter. Krim scored all of Fremont\u2019s second quarter points. Saez scored off his own steal for a 15-13 Coyote lead midway in the second. Holmquist had a tip-in later in the quarter to give Reed City the two-point halftime advantage. \u201cThe big guy wasn\u2019t our real concern,\u201d said Kailing, referring to McKian. \u201cOur real concern was Krim. We knew that. He\u2019s a great player. He hit some really tough shots tonight. If we defended these guys again, I don't know what I\u2019d do different. You take away the free throws we had to give them at the end, we held them into the low 40s. \u201cI thought the kids outworked Fremont. They out-talented us.\u201d FREMONT 50, REED CITY 41 Reed City 10 7 12 12 \u2014 41 Fremont 11 4 16 19 \u2014 50 Reed City, 15-6 Dakota Saez 1(1) 0-0 5, Josh Justin 2 0-0 4, Dillon Lodholtz 0 0-2 0, Jared Holmquist 7(1) 8-10 25, Evan Stieg 0 2-2 2, Trent Sims 1 1-2 3, Ricky Droke 0 2-2 2, Chad Samuels 0 0-0 0, Glen Ryder 0 0-0 0. Totals 11(2) 13-18 41. Fremont Tyler Krim 5(1) 6-7 19, Ryan Ansorge 0 1-5 1, Mike Siegel, 3(1) 0-0 9, Chase Curtice 3 2-6 8, Lucas McKian 3 2-7 8, Cody McCombs 1 0-0 2, Robbie McPherson 0 0-0 0, Dylan Krim 0(1) 0-0 3. Totals 15 (3) 11-25 50. Fouled out: Reed City, Lodholtz Sims, Saez. Rebounds\u2014Fremont 26 (McKian 9). Reed City 17. Assists\u2014Fremont (Ansorge 4).