Donley confident of more wins for Coyotes

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team has gotten off to a promising start, but senior Megan Donley and her teammates are looking to post several more victories in upcoming weeks.

Reed City entered action this week with a 3-6 record after a tough 28-27 loss to Big Rapids last Friday. Earlier this month, the Coyotes had a 44-41 win on against Fremont. Donley had eight points in the win.

“Hustle was a huge thing,” she said. “We had hustle for second and third shots. We had to give the extra effort.”

The Coyotes, who were winless last winter, started off 2-1, then lost three straight before the win over Fremont. They were 0-4 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division going into league games this week including Friday at Chippewa Hills.

“It’s been a lot better than last year,” Donley said. “Some of our losses we felt we should have won.”

Donley is confident that there are many more wins down the road for this Reed City team. The Coyotes are hoping to be district title contenders.

“We need the same effort throughout the whole game,” she said after the Fremont contest. “We had some times where we didn’t try as hard. That’s when they got a lot of points on us.”

The Coyotes cut their turnovers to 11 against Fremont.

“Just working together, hustling to get open and playing smart,” are key factors in keeping the turnovers low, Donley said.

Early in the game, Donley went down with an apparent ankle injury and was in obvious pain. But it wasn’t serious enough for her to stay out too long and she re-entered the game to play a role in the Coyotes win. Because of injury problems, Reed City had only eight players in that game and coach Brian Koopman acknowledged it was key for players like Donley to stay healthy and avoid foul trouble.

Shooting and taking care of the ball have been among her roles, Donley indicated. Her eight points against Fremont was her season’s best.

“I shoot outside mostly,” she said.