All-CSAA basketball team recognizes Reed City trio

REED CITY — Three Reed city girls who made valuable contributions to the program’s success this season have earned all-league honors in the Central State Activities Association.

Kelsey Jones was named to the first team for Reed City while Emma Lockhart earned a spot on the second squad and Kalee Hensel was on the honorable mention list.

Reed City at 11-5 finished third in the CSAA behind Morley Stanwood, which was 16-0 and Big Rapids 14-2. The Coyotes lost twice to the Mohawks and Cardinals and once to White Cloud.

Jones averaged 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

“She was predominately our go-to person, the person I think our offense was built around and worked around,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “She was definitely our biggest player out there and the player everyone tried to stop. When people played her, they tried to do a box and one on her. She did a very nice job for us. She was healthy this year. Last year, she battled with some back problems.”

Jones missed only one game because of a shoulder problem.

Lockhart was on the second team. For the Coyotes, she averaged 9.1 points and 3.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.7 rebounds a game.

“She moved from a shooting guard last year to playing point guard this year,” Koopman said. “I thought she did a real good job. She started out the year playing well for us. Then she got into kind of a shooting slump the midway part of the season but really came on strong the last part of the season, especially in the districts. She scored 17 points in our first district game against Shelby.

“She really improved her game a lot. She did a nice job of handling the ball. For a sophomore to get second team in our league is a pretty good accomplishment.”

Hensel averaged 14.1 points and 1.8 steals per game.

“I think she’s one of the most underrated players in the area. She was our leading scorer this year,” Koopman noted. “She was our main outside threat. She could shoot the ball outside. She can create a lot of opportunities for herself. She made a name for herself this year. She was 20-of-57 from the 3-point line for 35.1 percent.”

Hensel and Lockhart are both sophomores while Jones is a senior.