Reed City basketball teams will stay busy during break

REED CITY — Reed City’s basketball teams are idle until next month but will stay active this week and next to get ready for the next portion of the schedule.

The Reed City girls are coming off a 56-30 Central State Activities Association victory at Newaygo on Dec. 19. The win improved Reed City to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the CSAA.

Emma Lockhart had 19 points, five assists and nine steals for the Coyotes while Kalee Hensel added 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals.

For the game, Reed City had six points and four steals from Natalie Westhoff while Karah Hensel added five points.

Both Reed City boys and girls teams will be practicing this week at Big Rapids Crossroads gym with work being done on the RC gym floor.

“We’ll work on being ready for a triangle-and-two working hard against that and any other special situations teams throw at us,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman.

“I think we’re a solid team. These last few games, we’ve got lots of kids in and I think that will pay off for us. People will try special gimmicks on us. I want to work on that.”

The next game is at home Jan. 8 with Lakeview.

“I’m happy with 4-2,” Koopman said. “We maybe could have been undefeated. Right now, I feel good the way we’re playing.”

Lockhart and Kalee Hensel are leading the Coyotes with around 17 points a game.

BOYS

The Reed City boys will be scrimmaging this Friday at Pine River against the host school and Tri County. The Coyotes won’t be playing until Jan. 7 at Lakeview.

The Coyotes are 2-3. They almost entered the holiday break with three straight wins but lost 52-51 prior to the holiday break to undefeated Newaygo.

“I’m convinced we’ll get better as the season goes on,” said coach Dean McGuire.

“We’ve had some bright spots so far and we have some things to work on. I like the potential we have on our team right now.”

McGuire likes the improvement his team is showing in taking care of the basketball.

“That has been our No. 1 problem this year,” he said. “But we’re shooting the ball pretty well.”

The scrimmage will help his team get ready for future games.

“We have things we want to work on and it will be a great opportunity,” McGuire said.

“Pine River is undefeated and beat their arch-rival (McBain) the other night and that will be a great test for us.”