Lodholtz continues to give Coyotes a lift on the court


REED CITY  — Derek Lodholtz scored 11 points in one of Reed City’s biggest wins of the season last week, a 59-57 triumph over the Big Rapids Cardinals.

But the Coyote senior also realizes there’s plenty of other potentially huge wins out there before the season ends.

Reed City is at home for its next two games Friday against White Cloud and Tuesday against Big Rapids. The Coyotes are coming off a 3-0 streak last week, including the win over Big Rapids.

Lodholtz has had double figures in other games also.

“Team-wise, I’m supposed to go out there and play good defense and pull down as many rebounds as I can,” Lodholtz said. “I have to work on my rebounding. If I can score, that obviously helps our team too.

“Right now, I’m shooting some of the best I have in awhile.”

The Coyotes have a 14-2 record coming into this week, but the win over Big Rapids, Lodholtz admitted, was especially sweet.

“Being a senior and going out winning against Big Rapids at Big Rapids, it’s one of the best feelings there is,” Lodholtz said. “Both teams are pretty good.”

The two teams meet one more time and could also match up in the districts the week of March 3 at Reed City.

“Going against Big Rapids, you have to worry about one player (Quinn Tyson) and a few supporting cast,” Lodholtz said. “Against us, you have multiple weapons with Kyle (Wright), Chad (Samuels), Dean (Eichenberg), Josh (Saez)... an abundance of people who can come off the bench and score.”

After the loss to Lakeview, on Feb.7, the feeling amongst the Coyote players was “we definitely don’t want to lose again,” Lodholtz said. “We said that against Newaygo (after the first loss). Unfortunately we did lose against Lakeview. But Lakeview’s a good team.”

In the rematch against Big Rapids, “we have to pick up our game because we know they’ll step up their game,” Lodholtz said.  “We have to be ready for anything they throw at us and play the best game we can.

“We just have to come into practice and get better every day and play our best basketball when it comes to game-time.”