Reed City girls fall to conference foe Grant 41-40

Reed City’s Taylor Harrison looks to make a move against the Grant defense on Friday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It was still a Central State Activities Association Gold Division loss on Friday, but Reed City girls basketball coach Brian Koopman had some things to smile about against Grant.

Reed City (0-4, 0-2) lost to Grant (1-3, 1-1), 41-40, with Nicole Whan hitting a free throw with less than a second to play in regulation for the win.

“I’m a lot happier tonight,” Koopman said. “We broke the press, I thought, fairly well. Defensively, we played well. Offensively, we attacked the basket, went to the foul line and made some baskets. We scored points as we did all year. I thought we played well.”

The Coyotes had lost their first three games by a combined score of 138-58.

Kamryn Myers scored 25 points including eight in the final quarter to lead Reed City. Taylor Harrison had six points. Kirstyn Throop scored 15 points for Grant.

“I think we played really well tonight,” Myers said. “We pushed the ball and didn’t turn it over as much.”

Having players like Harrison back from injury “definitely helps with scoring and ball handling,” Myers said. “I felt confident tonight with my shot.”

Grant had quarter leads of 10-8, 20-18 and 36-29. Myers scored with 1:36 left in the fourth for a 40-40 tie. Grant went for the last shot with six seconds to t\go. Whan grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with 0.8 seconds to play. She missed the first foul shot but made the second and Grant blocked Reed Cit’s inbounds pass as time expired.

“There were some little things down the end,” Koopman said. “We turned the ball over. We didn’t box out a coup of times. Other than that it was a good game, we have to keep building. We had some kids hurt and sick.”

Reed City is home on Thursday against Pine River.

“This game definitely gives us a lot of confidence,” Myers said.

Tri County 40, Chippewa Hills 35

REMUS — Hailey Mercer had 15 points for Chippewa Hills in this loss to Tri County on Friday. The Warriors led 24-22 at halftime.

The Warriors host Grant on Tuesday.

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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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