Former Reed City standout having impressive college basketball career

Emily Libey putting up huge numbers for Grace Christian

Former Reed City girls basketball standout Emily Libey looks to make a play for Grace Christian against Ferris State on Saturday.

Former Reed City girls basketball standout Emily Libey looks to make a play for Grace Christian against Ferris State on Saturday.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Emily Libey has loved basketball for a long time and isn’t planning on giving up the sport any time soon.

The former Reed City standout played for her Grand Rapids Grace Christian women’s basketball team on Saturday night at Ferris State’s Wink Arena. It was considered an exhibition game for Grace but a regular contest for FSU, which posted a 94-38 victory.

Libey scored five points and had three assists for her team.

After five games, Libey is averaging 17.2 points per outing. She had 28 points against Welch College.

Grace is 3-2 after its first five games.

“Our season is going pretty good,” Libey said. “We’re undefeated in our conference. We play teams like Ferris just to get us better for our division and to get us ready for our national championship.”

Despite COVID, Grace made it to the national championship game last season and ended up being in the Final Four before losing. Grace plays in the National Christian College Association (NCCA).

“We are younger so we have two freshmen starting,” Libey said. “We do have a few returners so we did get lot of new people.”

Libey said her role on the team is to do “a little bit of everything. They’re looking for me to score, play defense, rebound…I feel like this year, I’m playing pretty good and games like against Ferris are tougher because they’re better competition. But this year I think has been my best year so far. I’m shooting better and rebounding better.

“ l like shooting the three, but I like doing a bit of everything.”

There are some definite team goals Libey is confident her team can reach.

“We want to stay undefeated in our conference, win our regional championship and head to the nationals,” she said. “I like the team, it’s a family culture. I love basketball. I’ve loved it ever since I started. This is my fourth year and I get another year next because of COVID. I’m excited.”

Ferris, now 6-1, was led by Kadyn Blanchard with 17 points while Zoe Anderson had seven points and 10 rebounds. 

“It goes so fast, and I can’t believe I’m already a senior and this is my last season,” Anderson said. “My advice to the younger players is to soak it all in and don’t take anything for granted.”

The Bulldogs are home on Thursday against Purdue Northwest.