Nelson, other Coyote seniors close in on final weeks of season

Alanna Nelson
Alanna Nelson

REED CITY — Several Reed City girls basketball players performed their final game on Tuesday against Tri County and it was an emotional evening for seniors like Alanna Nelson.

She’s one of six Reed City seniors and it’s been a unique career for the Coyote forward.

Nelson was moved up halfway through her freshman season.

“I’ve really contributed a lot more this year,” she said when the Coyotes were returning from holiday break.

As a freshman, Nelson and her teammates endured a winless season. But they shot right back in her sophomore year with a district title.

“That really brought us back as a program,” she said. “This year is a lot more competitive. We’ve been playing well as a team,”

Nelson and the Coyotes were undefeated at that time and didn’t lose until their 10th game. They are 13-3 heading into the final four regular-season games.

Nelson indicated she had been doing more point guard duties this season. She had 12 points against Pine River early in the season. Shooting has been a strength, including from the 3-point line.

“The key is to shoot multiple shots and when you miss them, don’t give up,” she said. “Our defense has been pretty good.”

Talking, she said, is a key for good defense.

Other seniors for Reed City are Kiera Barker, Emily Libey, Alyssa Olds, Sidni Rushford and Jordyn Storch.

Reed City plays at Chippewa Hills on Friday.