Reed City girls Coyotes struggle to score in loss to Manistee, 57-11

MANISTEE — A mid-break clash between the Reed City and Manistee girls basketball teams had a clear-cut favorite and an underdog, and both teams played their roles as the Chippewas stayed undefeated on the season with 57-11 win over the visiting Coyotes Monday night.

Manistee started the game on a 8-2 run that grew to 39-4 by the halftime buzzer behind unselfish offensive basketball and some very stingy defense.

ON THE LOOKOUT: Reed City’s Alyssa Olds (center) looks for an open teammate on Monday against Manistee. (Pioneer photo/Jared Buchholz)

ON THE LOOKOUT: Reed City’s Alyssa Olds (center) looks for an open teammate on Monday against Manistee. (Pioneer photo/Jared Buchholz)

Three Chippewas scored in double-digits, led by Jessica Gustad’s 16 points, to which she added seven rebounds, a block and a steal. Annie Fuller and Audrey Tomaszewski  scored 11 apiece.

While the Chippewas (6-0) are trending toward a second-consecutive undefeated regular-season, the young Coyotes squad (0-6) entered the season with no returning starters.

“We are a really young team. We have nobody coming back starting from last year,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We had seven or eight seniors on the team last year. So it is totally a rebuilding (process) this year.”

The out-matched Coyotes mustered four points in the first half, on a post-up try by Alyssa Olds and a lay-up by Emily Libey, while the Chippewas ran the advantage to 22-4 by the first buzzer.

The Coyotes failed to score in the
second quarter.

“The frustrating thing is, yes we knew Manistee is a good team coming in obviously, but we just didn’t look to be a threat with the ball. We didn’t look to score. We didn’t look to attack. We looked confused, like we were still on Christmas break yet,” Koopman said.

The Chippewas were again without starter Emma Burns, but Presley Petzak was able to get some extended work coming off of her own injury, to the delight of Erickson.

Others scoring for the Chippewas were Emily Thompson, eight, McKenzie Thompson, six, and Emilee Kott, five.

Others scoring for the Coyotes were Brenna Westhoff, four, and Megan Donley, three.

“At moments I saw that we would get back and play some good defense and get a steal or something,” Koopman said. “Then there were also some moments were we looked lost. But we are young and they are trying.

“Hopefully we can walk away and get something out of this. … It is a learning experience.”

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