REED CITY – It wasn’t that long ago that Emma Lockhart and some of her basketball teammates were taking the Reed City volleyball team to the state regional finals.

This week, Lockhart and the Coyotes have opened their 2012-13 basketball seasons. They were home Tuesday against Pine River and also have a home game this Friday in nonleague action against Cadillac.

“We’ve been improving a lot,” said Lockhart, who has been practicing with her team since Nov. 12 after volleyball season ended. “We’re trying to work on our offense and defense and be ready for our season. I think we’ve pretty much caught up. We’ve been practicing and took some longer practices. Obviously the volleyball thing set us back a little bit. We’ve been working to improve and be on track.

“It was nice to go far in volleyball. We’re so actively involved that it wasn’t hard for us to transition from one sport to the other.”

Lockhart and her teammates played a lot of basketball during the summer.

This marks Lockhart’s fourth and final varsity basketball season.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” Lockhart said. “We have a lot of chemistry as a team.”

Lockhart sees her role as being about the same, “just getting the ball up the court and being a shooter when I can and putting other people in the best situation I can. I want to improve in everything.”

Lockhart is hoping the Coyotes can contend for the Central State Activities Association title.

“We have to bring our ‘A‘ game in every game and not slack off in anything,” she said.

The two games this week will be tough, Lockhart indicated. “We’ll have to play well,” she said. “If we work together as a team and play good offense, we should be able to come out on top.”