Mullins taking key role for Coyotes this season


REED CITY — Jacolyn Mullins is in her senior senior with the Reed City girls basketball team and anxious to help the Coyotes enjoy a successful winter.

The Coyotes entered this week at 2-3 and play home Friday against Newaygo before breaking for the holidays.

A week after volleyball season ended, the Coyotes were back on the basketball court.

“We’re definitely growing as a team,” Mullins said. “We lost some key players from last year. We’re trying to fill those roles. We have a new assistant coach (Scott Shankel) and he’s been working with our defense, trying to get us in shape so we can get out and run and make easy points.”

A win over Big Rapids and loss to Cadillac featured strong Reed City efforts, Mullins indicated.

“We definitely took strides in the Cadillac game to prepare us for the Big Rapids game,” she said.

It’s Mullins second varsity season.

“Last year, we had a really good team,” she said. “We all worked together and knew what our roles were. We meshed well together. It was a good season. I had fun. I was pretty much the sixth or seventh person, coming off the bench, playing good defense and getting the rebounds, and when I was open, get the putback shots or, when I was open, take the shot.”

Mullins has been a starter this season.

“My role is to be a key rebounder and take the shots that are open, and be physical,” Mullins said. “After (the first three games), I definitely feel I’ve gotten in better shape. I’m starting to understand my role now. Last year, I understood it but now I’m starting to get into my role this year. I’m progressing along.”

Boxing out and attacking the rim are keys to rebounding, Mullins said.

On offensive rebounding, “they want me to get in there as much as I can and attack the boards,” Mullins said. “I practice shots every day. I want to be more consistent with my shot.”

This team has “a lot of potential,” Mullins said. “Getting in shape is one of our biggest things. We do a lot of defensive stuff every day.

“We win by defense. We have to make sure we get defensive stops and then run into the fast break and move the basketball around if we have to go into

half-court sets.”