Reed City girls basketball coach reflects on improved season

Coyotes finish at 9-12 overall

Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss (right) and assistant Emma Lockhart get read for a Coyote game during the season.

Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss (right) and assistant Emma Lockhart get read for a Coyote game during the season.

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REED CITY — It was quite the turnaround season for the Reed City girls basketball team, one that could set the Coyotes up for further success down the road.

The Coyote girls posted a 9-12 overall record and went 8-5 within the Central State Activities Association Gold Division, finishing in fifth place.

Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss shared his thoughts on the season, which proved to be a positive one for his squad.

“Overall, this was a good season record-wise for us,” Beilfuss said. “The players have continued to buy in, and it led to success this season.”

In many ways, the 2021-22 season represented a significant step forward for the Coyote girls.

Beilfuss said he thought his players exceeded the expectations of many people this season, ending the season with nine wins, an improvement of eight games from last year.

“Finishing fourth in the conference is a great step forward for the program,” Beilfuss said. “We had a great chance to get up to second with some help, but it’s something we can build off of.”

During a campaign filled with its fair share of shining moments, a 41-31 road victory against rival Big Rapids on Feb. 15.

The Coyote coach called it “a special moment for our players.”

“That was the biggest on-court accomplishment this season,” Beilfuss said. “That was the first time in six years we have beaten them.”

Being in the race for a top-four finish in the league for most of the season was another sign of progress on the court for the Reed City girls in 2021-22.

Senior Paige Lofquist led the team in assists, steals and minutes played; she was also an All Conference Honorable Mention.

“(She) will be sorely missed with how well she played defensively, and how she initiated the offense,” Beilfuss said. “...was a player we simply could not take off the court.”

Junior Christina Malackanich led Reed City in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage, and was named First Team All Conference for the CSAA Gold. 

“(She) helped anchor the middle of our zone on defense and, offensively, really excelled in the paint,” Beilfuss said.

Looking ahead to next season, the Coyote girls will be boosted by the fact that they will return six players from this year’s edition of the squad.

Returning players in 2022-23 will include: Malackanich, Alex Stein, Molly Bowman, Kenzie Shoemaker, Kyleigh Weck and Casey Terryn.

Beilfuss added that the upcoming summer will be an important one.

“We will have another year of good experience, along with younger players that we hope will take a big step forward,” Beilfuss said. “We will have to evaluate what