REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes have been relying on the efforts of several young players this season, including freshman Alyssa Olds.

During the summer, Olds went to varsity camps and was asked by coach Brian Koopman if she wanted to play on varsity or stay on the junior varsity.

“When tryouts came, he told me I would play on varsity,” Olds said.

She played middle school basketball last season and said she was “excited and nervous” when she found out she’d see varsity action this season.

“Its a big step going from eighth-grade basketball to varsity,” she said. “It’s (more) physical and you have to know the game mentally.”

Olds is the three-guard.

“I pass the ball in and take it up sometime,” she said. “I think I’ve been improving from when I started. I didn’t like to shoot, but now I’m starting to shoot more. I like to drive. I’ve been making my free throws lately.”

When it comes to making free throws, “Koop says to take three dribbles,” before shooting, Olds said, adding that she’s been working on her shot and on shooting more.

Defensively, “it’s going all right,” Olds said. “You have to work on sagging more and finding your man.”

Reed City has its next home game Tuesday against Grant in Central State Activities Association Gold Division play. The Coyotes are working at getting off to faster starts.

“We shouldn’t be as nervous as we are before a game,” she said. “We should be ready to play.”