REED CITY ― Megan Donley and her Reed City girls basketball teammates are focusing on improvement in the early stages of the season.

Donley is a junior guard for the Coyotes, who has been among her team’s key players so far this season.

After the second game recently against Cadillac, Donley could see that some progress had been made from her team’s game with Pine River in the season opener.

“In the first half, we kind of went backwards,” Donley said. “In the second half, we improved a lot, and in the second half, we scored more points than they did.”

The Coyotes also struggled in the first half of a loss to Tri County on Friday before playing a much more competitive game.

“We had to decide that we had to work a lot harder and we weren’t ready to play the game the first half and we had to prepare ourselves mentally,” Donley said after the Cadillac game.

It’s her first varsity season.

“I play two, which is a wing,” she said. “They usually use me as a shooter and to help dribble the ball up the floor. Shooting is definitely my strong point. But I’m getting a lot better at defense and dribbling.”

After two weeks of the regular season, “we all know each other pretty well,” Donley said. “We have some new players and players that have moved up. But most of us have played with each other for a couple of years now so we have pretty good chemistry.”

The Coyotes will play the season without Lauren Voelker, with an anterior cruciate ligament injury she sustained in the first game.

“She’s definitely a key player and an important player,” Donley said. “It’s hard with her not playing. We have to work around it and move players into her position.

“We’re going to work on defense a lot and talking and hustling.”

Reed City plays at Newaygo Friday before entering the holiday break.