Coyote senior getting ready for district basketball tournament

REED CITY — The regular season will come to a close in the next several days for Jacolyn Mullins and her Reed City girls basketball team.

The goal now is to stay focused for the rest of the season and get ready for the district tournament later this month in Clare.

The Coyotes have had solid performances in recent days despite losses to Central State Activities Association powers Lakeview and Chippewa Hills.

“We need to be a little bit smarter and go back to fundamentals,” Mullins said, after the Coyotes became Lakeview’s 14th straight victim last week. “They have two pretty good outside shooters. They’re good behind the 3-point line. They have two big girls that are very physical inside. So you have to make sure you don’t get into foul trouble and make sure you get around them.

“It’s a very tiring game. It takes a lot to play against them.”

The Coyotes, after falling 48-46 Monday night to Chippewa Hills, are 9-8 overall. They also recently lost in overtime to Morley Stanwood and had a chance against Lakeview.

“We lost to them the last time by 25,” Mullins said. “We improved tremendously. We’re progressing and we’re working toward playing districts at Clare.”

Mullins is in her senior season for the Coyotes. She had one of her stronger games against Lakeview when she scored 11 points and had nine rebounds.

“I feel I’m playing all right,” she said. “I know I have to keep up on my defense and make sure I get rebounds, and when I’m open take the shot, and fake and drive.

“We work a lot on shooting in practice. We try to keep our offense going. We’re all pretty even on offense. We all score about the same amount of points. We have to move the ball around.”

To reach team goals, “we work hard in practice every day, it has to fall in place for us sometime,” Mullins said. “We run a lot every day in practice. We try to keep our body in shape.”