Coyote girls in second week of hoops practices
REED CITY — Girls basketball teams are now headed into their second week of practice in anticipation of taking on competition in scrimmages this week and gearing up for the regular season on Nov. 29.
Reed City coach Brian Koopman had the first workout with his players on Nov. 7 and conducted workouts throughout the week.
For players like Jordyn Mason, it was a short transition from volleyball to basketball. The volleyball season ended with a 3-2 loss to Fremont on Oct. 31 in an opening round district match. Basketball practice started a week later.
Mason was a right-side hitter and the only senior on a volleyball team that posted a winning record and was competitive in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA). Despite the fact that the squad lacked experience, Mason indicated there was strong team togetherness.
“We beat Big Rapids three times,” Mason said, in pointing to one of the season highlights, but adding that the loss to Fremont “was disappointing.” She recalls that the Coyotes were strong in winning the first two games before Fremont mounted a rally to win the next three.
Mason was a key right-side hitter for the Coyotes.
“I was mainly consistent,” she said.
Mason, Kasey Miller and Amanda Steig are among the seniors returning from last year’s squad that saw extensive playing experience. Kalee Hensel and Emma Lockhart also played extensively last season and are back as seniors. Kelsey Jones and Nicolle Ostrander were starters that graduated from last year.
Koopman is working with 12 players that will tip off the season Nov. 29. There will be various scrimmages leading up to the first game, he added. He was encouraged with the progress his players made during the offseason.
“We went to two real good camps during the summer,” Koopman said. “We had a good summer.”
Several players are up from the junior varsity and will be looking to earn playing time along with returning players.