Reed City survives Chippewa Hills

COYOTES: Reed City’s Mykel Dillard guards Chippewa Hills’ Austin Issette on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

COYOTES: Reed City’s Mykel Dillard guards Chippewa Hills’ Austin Issette on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

Coyotes take 53-50 overtime victory, advance to 11-8

REMUS — Both Chippewa Hills and Reed City are looking for that winning momentum with only a week left in the regular season.

Friday in Central State Activities Association Gold Division play, it was Reed City taking a 53-50 overtime victory in boys basketball action.

Reed City won 80-72 over the Warriors earlier this season. The two teams meet again March 11 at Clare in a Class B district semifinal game.

“We never take Chippewa Hills for granted,” Reed City coach Dean McGuire said. “It’s a rivalry game and it always has been. We didn’t take them for granted tonight and we never will take them for granted.”

Both teams struggled offensively hanging onto the ball and couldn’t hit their shots in the first half.

Nolan Patterson scored four points for the Coyotes in the first quarter, which ended in an 11-10 Warrior lead. Austin Issette, with seven points in the first half, scored late in the second quarter to boost Chippewa Hills to a 21-18 halftime advantage.

Hunter Conley scored to open the second half. Chris Barton’s 3-point play for Reed City tied the game 23-23 at 4:38. Issette drilled a 3-pointer and free throw for a 30-28 lead going into the fourth.

Mykel Dillard hit two straight baskets for a 32-30 lead early in the fourth but Conley came back with a 3-pointer.

The intensity picked up in the final moments of the game. Michael Todd’s triple gave the Warriors a 40-39 lead at 2:10. Reed City went back up on Barton’s layup and Patterson followed with a drive for a 43-40 advantage. Barton scored again with a minute left for a 45-40 lead. Conley hit two free throws 7.5 seconds later for a 3-point game.

Following a Reed City turnover, Issette missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Warriors were forced to foul. Andre Jones missed a free throw at the other end and Todd netted a 3-pointer to tie the game with 16.2 seconds to go. Both teams had a shot in the final seconds of regulation but failed to score.

Barton fouled out early in overtime. Issette scored off a steal for a 48-45 Warrior lead.

Adams hit a free throw with 30 seconds to go for a 50-50 tie but Patterson connected for the go-ahead score with 10 seconds to go for Reed City. Patterson also grabbed the defensive rebound at the other end. He hit one free throw with three seconds to play.

Chippewa Hills inbounded the ball with 2.4 seconds to go but Tyler Willingham’s 3-point try failed at the buzzer.

“As a coach, you want your senior leaders to step up in tough moments,’” McGuire said. “Chris Barton has been a senior leader for us. Unfortunately he fouled out. Nolan Patterson stepped up.”

The Warriors were 17 of 25 in free throws

“I don’t think we executed the free throws like we normally do,” Chippewa Hills coach Mark PeLong said. “We had a few empty possessions at the end. It was a fun basketball game, unfortunately we came out on the short end.”

Patterson led Reed City with 14 points while Barton had 12 and Dillard 10.

Issette led Chippewa Hills with 18 points while Conley had 11 and Todd added eight.

Reed City is 6-5 in the conference and 10-8. Reed City is home Tuesday night against Manistee.

“Manistee is our No. 1 concern right now,” McGuire said. “Then we’ll work on the Chippewa Hills (district game).” Chippewa Hills is 3-7 and 6-11, and plays Tuesday night at Bay City John Glenn.

Chippewa Hills 38, Reed City 22 (girls)

REMUS — Blake Kuzma scored 11 points while Kendall Boone and Rachel Lobert netted seven apiece to lead Chippewa Hills to Friday’s CSAA Gold Division win.

It was the regular season final for both teams.

The Warriors led 15-13 at halftime. Emily Libey had six points for Reed City.

Chippewa Hills is 8-12 overall and 3-9 in the league and opens Class B district play 6 p.m. Monday at Big Rapids against Harrison.

Reed City, 0-12 in the league and 0-20 overall, plays host Big Rapids Wednesday in a district semifinal game.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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