Olds eager to have another strong season

REED CITY — Alyssa Olds made some key contributions to Reed City’s girls basketball team as a sophomore last season.

She’s looking to do it again this year.

It’s her second varsity season. Last year, Reed City won a district title after going winless the previous winter.

“We got better at defense,” Olds said. “We worked really hard on defense.”

Olds is also in softball and volleyball and worked on all three sports during the offseason. She won’t soon forget the winning shot she hit in the Class B district title win over Clare. The Coyotes started out the season last week at 1-1.

“We’re getting there, we’re young,” Olds said during the preseason. “We haven’t played together in a long time. We have one senior this year. We had like five seniors last year.”

It means Old will be assuming some leadership duties.

“I do a lot of dribbling,” she said. “I’m up top. I’ll try to do a lot more shooting this year than last year.”

Olds drove to the basket a lot last season. The team needed to keep improving on defense. Eventually, they want to focus on full court defense, Olds added

“We have to work hard now,” Olds said.

In the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, Olds is looking for Big Rapids, Central Montcalm and Grant to be among the top teams. The league season opens at home with Newaygo on Friday