Coyote junior giving team valuable contributions

REED CITY — Trenton Sturgell is among the Reed City boys basketball players giving his team a lot of depth.

But Sturgell is hoping to do even more for the Coyotes when the season resumes in January.

The Coyotes improved to 3-1 with a 65-63 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over Newaygo on Dec. 18 prior to the holiday break. Sturgell scored eight points in the victory.

“We had a size advantage on them for sure, that’s one of the big things,” Sturgell said. “We didn’t execute like we should have. We’ll do that the next time we have a size advantage. We’re not going to have too many size advantages. We’re not a big team, but this time we did have the advantage.”

The Coyotes take a three-game winning streak into the winter break. Their next game is Jan. 5 at Fremont in nonconference action.

“Every one of those three wins were close,” Sturgell said. “We have confidence. I think we’re going to have a great future. We know how to take wins from games that are close.”

It’s officially Sturgell’s second year on the varsity.

“Last year, I didn’t play because I had a knee injury from football,” the Coyote junior said. “I was moved up. It’s never going to be 100 percent. It’s always going to slow me down. I think I’m getting there.”

Coach Dean McGuire has been using a lot of players every game.

“I’m an attacker, more of an passing, attack player,” Sturgell said. “I’m playing my best ball of the year so far. I take it to the basket and try to get a foul and score.”

When January comes, the Coyotes, 2-0 in the CSAA, will continue their pursuit of a title.

“We have to have faith and confidence, and we can win every game when we go out,” Sturgell said. “We have to not make stupid mistakes. We have to get smarter.”