REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team in the early stages of the season, has shown how much depth it has by being able to utilize so many players during a game.

That includes first-year varsity player Chris Barton, a Coyote junior.

“It’s a lot different,” Barton said of the varsity level. “The tempo is up. You’re asked for a lot more on the varsity. It’s a lot more physical being on varsity.”

Barton said his role has been post play and trying to get rebounds.

“It’s going pretty good for my first year,” he said. “I try to be physical in the paint and get rebounds. That’s the main focus.”

The Coyotes entered this week at 4-0 and had scrimmages over the break.

“We’re seeing different teams and practicing on our zone offense against them,” Barton said. “We have unity. We all play for each other.”

The Coyotes can still continue to work on shooting, Barton indicated. But the potential is there to get better. In the season opener against Cadillac, the Coyotes ran into serious foul trouble but since then have been focusing on cutting back on that, Barton added.

The Coyotes play Friday at home against Central Montcalm and are at White Cloud next Tuesday in Central State Activities Association action.