Reed City, Pine River girls square off in scrimmage
LEROY — Reed City and Pine River girls basketball teams will be battling each other later this year in non-league girls basketball action.
But both teams got in some summer competition during a nonscoring contest at Pine River on Thursday night.
“The main reason I do a summer program is to begin building team chemistry,” Pine River girls basketball coach Brandon Bowman said. “It’s an opportunity for girls to begin bonding together and get their excitement for the upcoming season rolling. I’m doing about the same amount as last year.”
Reed City coach Brian Koopman had been in Europe and returned to Michigan later last week and had his assistant coaches work with the team on Thursday and also prior to that at a Frankfort summer camp.
There were about nine Reed City players at the Pine River scrimmage.
“We’ll play Monday and Tuesday at Scottville (of this week),” Koopman said. “Right now, we have about 14 players overall.”
The Frankfort tournament is usually one of the better tournaments the Coyotes attend, Koopman said.
Among the assistant coaches for the Coyotes has been Neil Harrison.
“Brian just got back from Europe and Brian Hammond has been in New York, so Tim Beilfuss (an assistant last year) has been the coach and I have been the assistant for summer ball,” Harrison said. “The team is not bringing back a lot of varsity experience, but it has been good for many of last year’s JV players to get acclimated to varsity speed and intensity. Despite our lack of experience, we have won more than we have lost this summer as Kamryn (Myers) has been a good leader and scorer and Taylor has been a strong player.”