CSAA honors three RC girls

REED CITY – Three Reed City girls basketball standouts who had huge seasons for the Coyotes have earned all-league honors from the Central State Activities Association.

Junior Emma Lockhart was on the first team while junior Kalee Hensel earned second-team honors and Jordyn Mason was on the honorable mention list.

In the conference, Lockhart averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 3.6 assists per game.

“To start out the season, being a third-year junior, she wanted to step up and be a leader,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “I think she showed that on the floor. I think the other aspect of the game she improved was reading the defenses to see if they were in a zone or a man and make the adjustments.

“I thought she did an outstanding job of penetrating and getting that mid-range shot, that five- to seven-foot shot. I thought she really improved her game there. Those are the things that as a coach you need, a floor general, someone who leads the way. She took the game to the next level and didn’t need a lot of coaching from me but was able to do those things on the floor.”

Hensel averaged 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game.

“This year, we used her inside and outside,” Koopman said. “We started out the game in the three-man and she could hit the outside shot. We also threw her inside and gave her a little post action; she had good post moves inside and created good shots.

“The big thing with her was handling the ball against the press, dribbling the ball, that type of thing. She really improved her game there. She also knew she had to get in a little better shape to play a little better defense. She really improved in that area.”

Mason averaged 8.1 points a game in the conference, plus 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals a game.

“She was our No. 5, our big guy,” Koopman said. “I thought for her being 5-8, she played well as any player in the area. She gave up some inches to other players. I thought she did an outstanding job. We brought her up as a sophomore and used her in the post. As a junior, she settled into that. This year, I think she took it to another level.”