Coyote freshman eyes bright future



REED CITY -- Girls basketball season ended at Reed City in the district tournament two weeks ago

But it was a season of growth and high promise for Christina Malackanich.

As a freshman, she turned into one of Reed City's mot talented players this season

Coach Tim Beilfuss moved her over the holiday break. And she immediately made her presence felt. In February, she had 19 points in a 74-11 win over Lakeview.

"She put up about eight or nine points a game the last couple (prior to the Lakeview game)," Beilfuss said.

The key to being an effective scorer "is not to think about shooting," she said, "just to do it."

Three-point shooting was also an asset for Malackanich. Her goal was to shoot 50 to 60 per cent in threes.

The Coyotes had a young team and a 4-17 record.

The key to win was to "communicate more as a team and not just throw the ball and turn it over," Malackanich said. "We've been pretty good at defense."

She also plays soccer and volleyball. Basketball is "probably no. 1," she said.

Malackanich said she was "excited" when she found out she was being moved up to the varsity and it took her about a week to feel comfortable that level.

Coyote Classic

Due to the growing concern over the COVID-19 virus, it's been announced the 15th annual Coyote Classic 3 on 3 Tournament at Reed City High, has been canceled. It was scheduled for this Saturday.