Reed City suffers 53-52 Senior Night loss to Tri County on last-second shot

Reed City senior Alanna Nelson (10) tries to attack the basket during Tuesday’s game against Tri County at Reed City High School. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

REED CITY — A put-back basket from Alyssa Olds gave the Reed City Coyotes a 52-50 lead over visiting Tri County with 20 seconds to go.

But the Vikings had the last laugh.

Tri County’s Emma Overbeek knocked down a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining to spoil Reed City’s Senior night with a 53-52 win.

“It was a game of two halves,” head coach Brian Koopman said. “The first half we couldn’t make a basket but were only down four at halftime. We played better in the second half but couldn’t get it done.”

“It starts at practice,” senior Jordyn Storch said. “We’ve been slacking off at practice so we need to keep pushing each other to get better.”

Emily Libey led the Coyotes with 11 points and Kamryn Myers had eight, while Jordyn Storch and Olds scored seven apiece. Alanna Nelson, Taylor Harrison, and Sidni Rushford scored five points, respectively.

Tricia Slaveni led TC with 12 points. The Coyotes defeated the Vikings 64-47 on Jan. 9 in Howard City.

Reed City struggled at the line, finishing 18 of 35 from the charity stripe.

“That’s not going to get the job done,” Koopman said. “We made mistake after mistake. If we took care of both of those things, we win by 10, 12 points.”

Reed City got off to a slow start against the Vikings and trailed 12-4 after the first quarter. Despite scoring just three field goals in the first half, the Coyotes kept the game close with a 19-15 deficit going into halftime.

The second half was kinder to the Coyotes on offense. Nelson scored four quick points to tie the game at 19. The two teams traded baskets until a Rushford free throw put the Coyotes up 33-32.

Reed City went entered the fourth quarter with a 37-36 lead.

The two teams continued their back and forth battle in the fourth. Kamryn Myers found Storch for a 3-pointer to give the Coyotes a 47-44 advantage with 2:45 remaining.

“We had a talk in the locker room about pushing harder. We’re usually a second-half team and come out hard, so that was a big factor.”

Following an Olds basket, a TC 3-pointer tied the game at 50 with 1:22 to go.

Olds corralled a Myers miss and scored for Reed City’s final score of the game.

The loss brings Reed City’s record to 13-4 (7-4). While the team would’ve liked to celebrate Senior Night with a win, they acknowledge they still have much to play for.

“We have a good season going,” Koopman said. “We got to get ready for districts. But we have to quit making these mistakes.”

“We’re looking for districts right now. We want to use these next games to get better for districts so that we can be ready when the time comes.”

Reed City plays at Chippewa Hills at 6 p.m. Friday.

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