Girls basketball teams set for second games Friday night

REED CITY  — Girls basketball seasons have started and local teams are now gearing up for games this Friday night.

The Reed City Coyotes enter a new era without former long-time varsity players Emma Lockhart and Kalee Hensel, who have graduated.

Reed City opened at Pine River Tuesday night and are at Cadillac Friday night.

Those are both non-league games. But Monday night, the Coyotes open the Central State Activities Association season at Big Rapids.

“We have to play Pine River which has always been a heated battle for us, Osceola County rivalry type of thing,” said Reed City coach Bruce Koopman. “They’ll be a very competitive, very good team, well-coached. We’ll have to bring our A game. We’ll have to take care of the ball and play well. Same thing with Cadillac, They’ll come out and press us full court. The team that has the least amount of turnovers will probably win.

“Monday we’re at Big Rapids. The first three games are on the road. We lost a good point guard, and a good shooter in Kalee and a good inside player in Tia Lintemuth. We’re still feeling our way out. It will be a challenge.”

EVART

Evart opened its season under new coach Paul Higgins at Farwell Tuesday. The home season opens with Chippewa HiIls on Friday. Both are non-league games.

He expected to face man-to-man and zone defenses plus half-court traps against Farwell.

“Against Chippewa Hills I didn’t know a heckuva lot,” Higgins said. “They have a big girl (Hannah Guy) returning so I assume they’ll try to pound the ball inside.”

Next week, the Wildcats open their Highland Conference schedule at Northern Michigan Christian in McBain on Dec. 10 and at Beal City Dec. 13

PINE RIVER

Pine River opened with Reed City on Tuesday and has Morley Stanwood at home Friday. Both are non-league games.

“I don’t know much about them,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said of his two opponents. “Morley will be better than when we played them at this time last year. Reed City will be good again. Both teams will give us an idea of where we’re at right now. Both teams are a good challenge.”

The Bucks will open their Highland Conference schedule Tuesday at Manton.