Former Reed City standout adjusting to college basketball at Cornerstone

REED CITY — Emma Lockhart was back in Reed City over the Thanksgiving holidays but took time to work out in the high school gymnasium to stay in the groove for her freshman basketball season at Cornerstone.

Lockhart graduated from Reed City last season after a four-year varsity career with the Coyotes. At Cornerstone, which is off to a 5-4 start, Lockhart has seen some limited action and is averaging 2.7 points per game while shooting 8-of-33 from the floor and 3-of-8 from the free-throw line.

“We beat the No. 2 team in the nation, Davenport,” Lockhart said. “We’ve been working to get better.”

Lockhart acknowledged that she’s still adjusting to some extent to the college level.

“We do a pretty good job of scrimmaging in practice so that gets us up-tempo and stuff,” she said. “I’ve been used to more of the faster pace and that’s helped me to establish that.”

Her expectations as a point guard from off the bench are to score, get some steals, push the ball up the court and set up the offense.

“I’ve been playing two guard a little bit too,” she said.

The win over Davenport has been a major highlight.

“That’s our biggest win,” Lockhart said. “Then we play Indiana Wesleyan, No. 1 in the nation.”

That game was Saturday with Cornerstone falling 66-47.

Lockhart admitted it’s been nonstop basketball for her since graduating from Reed City.

“I like having the opportunity to still play,” she said. “It’s college and it’s like a full-time job. It’s been fun. I like my teammates a lot. They remind me a lot of my high school teammates.

“We travel a lot. We’ve been to Ohio twice, Indiana a couple of times and near Detroit.”