REED CITY — Lauren Voelker got some valuable varsity experience for the Reed City Coyotes last season and is hoping to put that into good use this winter.

“It was a lot different than JV,” Voelker said of her sophomore season. “It’s a lot more faster paced and you have to get used to that. Other than that, it was really good.”

Voelker felt she made considerable progress this season.

“Usually, I played guard,” she said. “I shot a little and played defense a lot.”

The Coyotes open the season at home Tuesday against Pine River and play host to Cadillac the following Friday. Voelker, entering practices last week, wasn’t quite sure yet what her role might be. It’s a young team.

“And we have a new offense this year so we’re kind of moving everybody around and trying to figure out where everybody is going to go,” she said. “We’re going to be moving more and are going to have to think more and... just go out and play.”

Voelker, who also plays soccer, said the basketball team was involved in several summer camps.

“I move better at defense, but I’m working on my shot and trying to improve it more and get it more accurate,” she said.

Despite being young, the Coyotes are looking to have plenty of success.

“We have to get in shape more and play better defense,” Voelker said. “We need to learn how to get low and (play) helpside defense and not foul a lot. We’re still learning how to play with each other. It’s getting better.”

The schedule starts out with some tough opponents. That way, “we can see where we are,” Voelker said.