Reed City freshman hopes to spark girls basketball team in upcoming games

REED CITY — New players like Emily Libey hope to give the Reed City Coyotes a shot in the arm in the upcoming weeks of the season.

The Coyotes have gone on holiday break from their schedule in seeking their first win of the season.

Libey and Alyssa Olds are the two freshmen on the Reed City girls basketball roster this season.

“Moving up to the varsity, it’s put a lot more pressure on us,” Libey said. “The biggest pressure is probably going up against people that are older than you.”

After the first several games, “I’ve made pretty good progress,” the Coyote forward-center added. “I get a little confused on plays.”

Libey has been a starter so far this season, and prefers that over coming off the bench

“I think starting (is preferable) because then you get all the jitters out,” she said. “I don’t really focus on scoring points, but it happens sometimes. I’m more focused on trying to get our team to do better.”

Libey said shooting is a strength, particularly inside the 3-point line. She wants to improve on the mental part of the game “and remembering to get back on defense.”

In some games, the Coyotes have been getting off to a slow start. Counteracting that is obviously a No. 1 goal.

“Our team may not get off to a (good start) because we’re nervous,” Libey said, adding that it’s a matter of matching intensity with confidence as the game tips off.

“I’m relaxed, but still a little nervous,” she said.

Reed City is at Fremont Tuesday.