Former Coyote all-conference basketball player shows promise in her first season at Cornerstone

GRAND RAPIDS — Reed City native Emma Lockhart has one college basketball season in the books with three to go at Cornerstone University. The former Coyote all-conference guard is liking what she sees in Cornerstone’s future.

Lockhart saw action in all 32 of Cornerstone’s games and started one.

Cornerstone was 22-10 for the season and 16-6 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. The season ended March 13 with an 86-82 loss to Mayville State University in the NAIA Nationals.

“I kind of got spoiled this season,” Lockhart said. “It was my freshman year and the first time we beat Davenport in something like eight years. We were second in conference and went to the NAIA national tournament and got to go to Iowa for a week. It was really an exciting freshman year.”

She averaged 16.7 minutes, 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game, and totaled 57 assists and 27 steals. She shot 25.3 percent from the floor, 24.4 percent in threes and 47.8 percent from the free-throw line.

“It was kind of an adjustment in the beginning,” Lockhart said. “My teammates did a good job of preparing me for it.”

One of her best games came late in the season on Feb. 15 when she scored 13 points after hitting 3-of-5 from the floor, 3-of-4 in free throws and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line against Lourdes of Ohio.

“I think this year was finding my role as a point guard,” Lockhart said. “I really wasn’t a scorer this year. It was more on defense and getting the offense started and working into next year.”

Lockhart will focus during the offseason on increasing her offense.

“Our leading scorer (Katelyn Cousins) graduated this year,” Lockhart said. “I’m hoping to be in the gym a lot and (work on) my outside shot, go one-on-one and play a lot of basketball this summer.”

Lockhart can’t wait for the 2014-15 season to begin.

“We have our big post coming back and our point guard is coming back also,” Lockhart said. “We should do a good job of transitioning as long as we step it up together, maybe not having a main scorer, but all contributing.”