Hatfield enjoyed healthy season as Coyote senior

REED CITY — Collin Hatfield and his Reed City boys basketball teammates would have preferred a longer stay in the postseason.

But for Hatfield, being able to play a full season and make contributions was a major step in the right direction.

Hatfield was able to be a key figure for the 13-9 Coyotes after missing the entire 2014-15 season from an injury.

“It’s been good, my first varsity season,” he said late in the season. “My shooting came along and I’ve been knocking down shots and coach has faith with me.”

Hatfield acknowledged it took him a couple of games to feel comfortable with the pace.

“I felt I was physically ready,” he said. “I just had to get into it mentally.”

His role, Hatfield said was to “play defense, shoot if I’m open, make smart decisions and work hard.”

Hatfield enjoyed shooting the 3-pointers in various games.

“If the shot’s open, I’m going to take it,” he said. “If I need to take it to the rim, I’ll take it to the rim. I’ll find whoever is open.”

As the season neared an end, Hatfield was focusing on making better decisions. Following the second loss to Big Rapids, he and his teammates were anxious for one more try.

“Defense, getting back on defense and getting shots when we’re open,” would be a key aspect of the game, he predicted.

The Cardinals won 55-44 to spoil Reed City’s hopes for a second consecutive district title.