Coyote girls prepare for Mohawks

REED CITY— Reed City girls basketball players are getting ready to resume their season and hope to extend on the two-game winning streak the Coyotes put together prior to the Christmas break.

That includes senior Kasey Miller, in her second varsity season. As a junior, Miller put in enough playing time to get comfortable at the varsity level.

“I’ve improved, my defense could probably improve some more,” she said, pointing to her offense, particularly to dribbling and shooting. “My strength is probably my dribbling.”

Miller is working to improve on her defense. She said her role has stayed the same from a year ago.

The Coyotes started out 0-3 but came back with wins over Hesperia and Holton prior to the Christmas break.

“We started out slow but I think we’re pulling it together,” Miller said. “If we come out stronger, it would give us more self-esteem. We need to play together more.”

The Coyotes host Clare on Jan. 3 in non-league action and are at Morley Stanwood Friday in Central State Activities Association action.

“Central Montcalm, we’ve always had tight games with them,” Miller said of another CSAA opponent.

Among the standout first-year players on the varsity for the Coyotes has been junior Tia Lintemuth, who has seen starting action. She scored 17 points against Holton.

“It’s a faster speed and (players have) more skills I have to work with,” she said of the jump to varsity. “Whatever happens, I’m there to help the team and to contribute.”

The 5-foot-7 Lintemuth is playing post on a Reed City team that doesn’t have an overabundance of height.

“Lately, it’s been about the same size but usually I’m shorter against most of them,” she said. “I need to make sure I box out well.”

Lintemuth said she has improved since the first game. Ditto for the team.

“I’m learning post moves and how to do them,” Lintemuth said, adding that the team, “is getting better. We’re more as a team than we were the first game. We have to play together and play smart.”

By the end of the regular season and prior to playoffs, the Coyotes should be playing their best basketball, Lintemuth indicated.

“We’ll know how each other works and how we can play together,” she said.