Lions Handle Coyotes On Senior Night
Photos and story by Alexis Mercer
It was senior night for the Lions as they faced off against Reed City to end the regular season for the girls. The evening also led to the crowning of royalty for Snowcoming.
Newaygo 48 Reed City 22
It would have been hard to guess that the Reed City Coyotes had only won 3 conference games before walking in to play the Lions on Friday night. From the first tick of the clock, the Coyotes went hard. They were physical, fast and aggressive. And they stayed that way until the final tick of the clock.
But the Lady Lions were too much despite the effort. Emmerson Goodin was relentless under the basket; grabbing rebounds left and right and earning every point she scored. This was Emme's kind of game. Sophia Frisbie rounded out the half court, draining shots from outside the 3 point line like it was her job. Add Jaxi Long's jump shot and Reed City didn't stand a chance.
Sophia Frisbie led the Lions with 15 points and 4 assists. Emmerson Goodin had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Jaxi Long had 7 points and 8 assists.
"It was a good win to end the season on and for our seniors. Reed City played a physical game and worked hard and made us earn everything we got," said Coach Thomasma.
Newaygo finishes the season 13-7 and 8-6 in conference.
Reed City finishes the season 4-16 and 3-11 in conference.
Newaygo 63 Reed City 47
In a relatively uncharacteristic move for the boys team, the Lions took a significant lead in the first quarter. Generally, this year's team takes a bit to feel out the opponent and get in their groove. But Friday night was special. It was senior night and Snowcoming both. The Lions were ready to make a statement in front of a huge home crowd.
Carlos Magaña has been establishing his position under the basket the last few games. Friday he decided to extend himself and establish that he can also be considered a 3 point shooter.
Seniors Francisco Rios and David Gonzalez poured their hearts out on the floor for their final home game of their careers. And because their hearts pump blood to their incredibly fast legs, it was quite the show of speed. To round off the impressive performances from the seniors, Noah Painter, recently coming back from an injury, and German Pascal Hermann added in solid minutes off the bench.
Up by 7 going into the locker room at halftime, the Lions sealed the Snowcoming win in the third quarter, outscoring the Coyotes by 9.
Coach Barrette said of the win, "Communication was much better tonight leading to much better effort on the defensive end. Guys played with more confidence leading to some made shots. Great team win for us and our Seniors on Senior night."
Carlos Magana ended with 20 points and 8 rebounds while Francisco Rios contributed 8 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
Newaygo has one more week of regular season play before facing Fremont in the first round of Districts.