STANTON — For one half Saturday, Central Montcalm’s girls basketball team was looking at a big upset of Reed City.
The second half showed why the Coyotes are so good.
Reed City went on a pair of quarter-opening runs and beat the Green Hornets 58-46 in a game made up from Feb. 13. It was the last game of the season for both teams.
“We came out and probably played the best game of the season in the first half,” Central coach Kevin Everingham said. “They didn’t keep it going. We could. We just need to find the right combinations.”
The first half saw the Hornets (7-13, 7-11) hit shots early and went out to a 15-14 lead after one quarter.
“The girls were all playing together,” Everingham said. “Everyone was playing for the team, no one was playing for themselves, and they didn’t let any frustration leak in.”
Then both teams went cold from the field, combining for only three field goals. It was a free-throw shooting contest from there.
“Again, frustration factor,” Everingham said. “A lot of times we were just tossing the ball up instead of taking our time, taking good shots and waiting for better shots than what we did.”
The difference was the Hornets made all eight of their free throws while Reed City (17-3, 16-2) was 8-of-12 from the stripe, giving Central a 28-24 lead at the half.”
But then the Coyotes came out on a 7-0 run over the first 2:26 of the third quarter to take the lead. They also went on a 10-0 run over the first 4:12 of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
“As soon as they (Reed City) started scoring, they got a couple going, some of our girls got frustrated and it’s tough to get them (Central) out of that sometimes,” Everingham said.
The Coyotes outscored Central 34-18 in the second half.
“We got over some things that we were doing earlier in the season with girls getting at each other, fighting, and some of that crept back in,” Everingham said. “hopefully we can get rid of that for districts and play like we did in the first half.”
The Hornets were led by Savannah Case, who scored 11 points. Hanna Christensen added nine.
Reed City got 18 points from Karah Hansel and 12 from Natalie Westhoff in the win.
Central is now off until the second round of the Class B district at Alma. They will face Shepherd in that round Wednesday.
“First of all we need to check out Shepherd again,” Everingham said. “We’ve seen them play but we need to check them out again. Then work on staying calm under pressure and look for better shots.”
REED CITY 58, CENTRAL MONTCALM 46
Reed City 14 10 18 16 — 58
C. Mont. 15 13 9 9 — 46
REED CITY (17-3, 16-2) — Lockhart 2 2-4 6, Mullins 1 2-2 4, Westholt 3 6-10 12, Switzer 3 0-0 6, Woodard 1 2-6 4, Donley 0 0-2 0, Kar.Hansel 5 8-9 18, Lintemuth 3 2-4 8. Totals: 18 22-37 58. Three-point goals: none. Total fouls: 20. Fouled out: none.
C. MONTCALM (7-13, 7-11) — Everingham 1 0-0 3, Crooks 1 4-4 6, Flint 2 2-3 7, Christensen 4 1-4 9, Singh 1 0-0 2, Case 3 5-6 11, Brasington 2 1-4 6, Collins 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 13-21 46. Three-point goals: Everingham, Flint. Total fouls: 24. Fouled out: Crooks.