Coyote junior adjusting to varsity level play

Derek Lodholtz
Derek Lodholtz

REED CITY — A mark of Reed City’s boys basketball team this season has been its depth and ability to use players from the bench.

Several juniors on the varsity from last season’s JV team have been making key contributions including Derek Lodholtz, who had a season high of 11 points against Central Montcalm.

Reed City’s only game last week was a loss to Morley Stanwood in a Tuesday road game

“We didn’t come out focused in the first half,” Lodholtz said. “We’ll get over it.”

The Coyotes were at Newaygo on Monday and lost and are home Thursday against Lakeview.

Compared to the JV level, “The game is faster,”Lodholtz said. “I think all the juniors are doing a good job.”

The Coyotes have had their high moments.

“We played well against Morley Stanwood the first time,” Lodholtz said. “We played good against Chippewa Hills.”

When he’s on the court, Lodholtz is a shooter, especially from outside. Reptititon and a consistnet motion, plus knowing when to take the shot, are key aspects of successful ouside shooting, he said.

In upcoming games, the Coyotes hope to stay healthy.

“We’ll be fine as long as we stay focused,” Lodholtz said.,