Girls basketball teams set to start

Kamryn Myers leads the attack for Reed City.
Kamryn Myers leads the attack for Reed City.

REED CITY — Boys basketball action tipped off his week.

Next Tuesday, it’s the girls turn to start their seasons.

For the first time since the girls season came to the winter, the girls are opening after the boys basketball season.

Reed City girls will have five games scheduled before the holiday break. Their first game is at Cadillac on Dec. 4. They open the Central State Activities Association season on Dec. 7 at home with Fremont.

Coyote coach Bruce Koopman said he actually liked the week later start to the season.

“I think it’s kind of good for us this year,” Koopman said. “We have to get work done on some skill and get ready for the season. This year, we have that whole week after Thanksgiving to get in another week of practice. For us, I think it’s a huge benefit. I really like it. That extra week will be huge for us this year.”

Evart’s girls are home against Forest Area on Dec. 4 in nonleague play.

The Wildcats were 8-14 last season.

“My expectations are for our team to bring energy and grit for 32 minutes,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “We feel we can be a great defensive team and, with our length, we should rebound the ball well. Team strengths will be good team speed and good length. We will need to work on spacing the floor on offense and playing the style and tempo we want to.”

Pine River is at Roscommon on Monday and is home on Dec. 12 with Beal City.

“This is my second year coaching varsity girls, and I’m excited to have some more experience going into it, as well as to have some returning varsity starters,” Pine River coach Brandon Bowman said. “Last year, we had a fast hard working group of girls. We were in a lot of close games, but struggled to finish them. Our overall numbers were low, which also caused problems when girls were in foul trouble. We finished with an overall record of 9-11, and a Highland  record of 5-7.

“We lost four seniors from last year with KayLee Goodman, Selma Barnett, Rebekah Dean, and Ally Bannon. KayLee Goodman was one of our leaders on and off the floor. Her defense and rebounding was tremendous, and her speed helped us push the ball quickly up the floor. She was a big threat attacking the basket. Selma Barnett was our leading rebounder, averaging almost 10 rebounds a game. She had a nose for the ball, and was a great defender down low. Rebekah Dean was another strong leader on our team. She had a big impact on our post play, and was also key in rebounding. Ally Bannon was also influential on defense.”

The Bucks have two returning seniors with Logan Powell and Taylor Hill. “Taylor is strong defensively, and has improved in her scoring. She will be a major factor in our defense,” Bowman said. “Logan is still recovering from a knee injury she sustained during our district game last year, but will hopefully be able to play in January.”