REED CITY  — Reed City’s girls basketball team has been a stronger force this season with a 6-10  record and Emily Libey continues to play a key role with her scoring.

Libey has been among the team’s top scorers, and frequently has been the leading scorer.

“We’ve been playing all right, “ Libey said. “We’ve been working a lot more on defense every game.”

One of Libey’s best games was 15 points in a win over Chippewa Hills. The game was tied at halftime, but the Coyotes rolled to victory in the second half.

“The first half was a little iffy, we were a little nervous because of their student  section,” Libey said. “The second half, we came out and hustled and played hard. There were quite a few people from (Chippewa Hills). It was one of my better games. I’ve had other games where I’ve been a little better with defense and points wise.”

It’s Libey second varsity season.

“It’s gone pretty well,” she said. “I still want to improve on a lot of things like defense and going hard to the hole.”

Her role has been to score.

“I have a pretty good shot,” she said. “I try to take it to the hole pretty hard. I need to work on it.”

Reed City was home Tuesday against Grant and will be at Big Rapids on Friday.

“We’re playing pretty good, a lot better from last year going from 0-21 to this,” Libey said, adding against some of the opponents the Coyotes lost to the first time,  “I think we can win those games coming up.”

The key to winning the rematches will be hustle, “that’s our main thing, and boxing out, knowing who you have on defense, all that stuff,” Libey said.

She added that looking ahead, the coaching staff and players hope to be district contenders.

“I think we can do it, too,” Libey said.