Former Reed City standout having success on collegiate level



GRAND RAPIDS -- Emily Libey was able to sneak in a two-sport season during the 2019-20 collegiate year and the former Reed City multi-sport athlete is looking forward to continuing her career as a junior and senior.

She was at Grace Christian Academy in Grand Rapids (formerly Grace Bible College).

Libey, as a sophomore, for the first time ran cross country.

"I decided to join the team to get in shape for basketball," she said. "We did pretty well throughout the season. It was still learning and stuff."

Her best time was 26 minutes, 34 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.

"We went to nationals as a girls team," Libey said. "We got fourth there."

The basketball season at Grace went well, Libey said, although many people got hurt in the beginning of the year.

"Once we got all of our girls back, we were unstoppable," she said. "Toward the end of the season, I think we ended on a nine-game winning streak and made it to nationals. We were regional champs. When we got to nationals, we won our first game to get in to the Final Four. But that's when our tournament got canceled (because of the coronavirus)."

The National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament was in Missouri.

Libey averaged 19.2 minutes, 8.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

The team was 18-14 overall.

"When we played at Little Caesars Arena (in December vs. Great Lakes Christian), that was one of my better games (in a 49-47 win)," she said. "We were down and came out and I ended up having 18 points that game. I had other 18-point a games. I would say scoring is one of my goals, to get in there and rebound when I can."

Libey indicated she showed significant improvement from a year ago.

"Last year I dealt with a lot of injuries, including my back which really set me back," she said. "I think cross country really helped me strengthen my back for this year. I did have a couple of injuries that set me back a little."

As a freshman at Grace, Libey started one game and played in 27. She averaged 11.5 minutes, 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds a game.

"It went pretty good," Libey said after last season. "We lost in the regional finals but it was a pretty close game. I had a pretty decent year. I got hurt at the beginning of the year. I sprained my ankle the first practice, and then I had some back problems. But it was a fun year and a learning experience and I'm going next year and playing again."

Grace had a 16-16 record during the regular season.

She also ran track as a freshman.

"Our 4x4 was pretty good," Libey said after the 2019 season. "We were supposed to go to nationals, but we ended up not going because some other girls ended up going to other races."

It's time now to focus on her junior season.

"If all this (shutdown) stuff clears up, we have the Aquinas league we play in during the summer," Libey said. "I want to work on being consistent on my shots and work on my defense and work on getting low, and work on my first step on defense to stop that other girl."