Kyleigh's kind of basketball: Having more success

Weck making huge contributions for Reed City basketball team

Kyleigh Weck



John Raffel

REED CITY – Reed City’s girls basketball team has been playing shorthanded in the early stretches of the season with hopes of eventually getting healthy and winning a lot of games.

With that in mind, plenty is being expected of Reed City’s Kyleigh Weck.

Last year, a late-season win over Big Rapids “was definitely a huge highlight for our season,” Weck said. “We hadn’t beaten Big Rapids for awhile.”

The second half of the season was especially strong.

“I’ll probably have to step up a little more this season and play different places,” Weck said.

A key post player for the Coyotes, Christina Malackanich,  has been out indefinitely with a leg injury and Weck has been trying to do even more things to spark the Coyote attack.

“Rebounding will be one of my big things,” Weck said. “Boxing out and jumping high (are critical factors).”

Weck is usually one of the tallest players on the court and tries to use that to her advantage.

“Her height and length will continue to help her in being one of the area’s better rebounders,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. ‘She has taken the necessary steps forward in becoming a better athlete by devoting more time to the weight room over the last year. We really want her to take that next step and use her height to her advantage.

“She can be very disruptive defensively and we expect that. We will rely on her post play in Christina’s absence.”

The numbers are small for the Coyotes which means Weck will be seeing a lot of court time.

Reed City is home Tuesday against McBain.

“I think we can go far,” Weck said, “if we work as a team and if we work really hard. We have to limit turnovers and talk a lot.”

Weck enjoyed a strong volleyball season which didn’t end until the Coyotes lost in the district finals to Cadillac, the eventual Division 2 state runners-up.

“I thought we worked well together,” Weck said. “We played pretty well against (Cadillac).”