Coyote senior having productive season

REED CITY — Natalie Westhoff is among the Reed City seniors confident of a strong second-half of the season for her girls basketball team. Reed City entered this week with a 5-5 record.

In last Thursday’s 48-23 win over Central Montcalm, Westhoff added eight points and five rebounds for Reed City. The previous Monday, she had 17 points in a win over Hesperia.

“Our helpside defense was a key factor,” Westhoff said after the Hesperia game. “We had a rough start (to the season). We’re coming together now and our defense is stepping up. I think we’re going to get on a roll.”

Defense and playing together as a team remains the key, Westhoff said.

One aspect of the game frustrating to coach Brian Koopman at times is for his team not being able to hit the shots that should be going in usually.

“We have to keep shooting,” Westhoff agreed. “We can’t get down on ourselves.”

Westhoff is focusing on consistent shooting and helpside defense.

“I’m happy with the defense. Hopefully, I’ll knock down more shots,” she said. “All in all, I’m happy.”

Reed City is home Thursday against Big Rapids. Monday, the Coyotes play at Morley Stanwood

“We’d like to finish the regular season 15-5 and go out and win the district,” Westhoff said. “We all want to play better defense and come together as a team.”