REED CITY – It was less than a week ago that the Reed city volleyball team was going for a regional title.

They would have preferred to have won and to be playing this week in the state final.

But now the attention focuses on basketball for several of the girls that play both sports.

Coach Brian Koopman’s team started practices in full gear Monday. Actually, practices were permitted to start Nov. 5, but most of the Coyotes were still playing volleyball.

Volleyball players on the basketball team include Kalee and Karah Hensel, Emma Lockhart, Kayla Davis, Jacolyn Mullins, Alaina Woodard and Natalie Westhoff.

“I had four other girls (not playing volleyball) but not enough for a team,” Koopman said. “I don’t think it will be hard to catch up. We have four seniors coming back.”

That includes Kalee Hensel, Lockhart, Tia Lintemuth and Alex Donley.

“The other seven or eight have got to get caught up,” Koopman said. “If we can get them on the same page, that will be huge.”

From last season’s team, Reed City graduated two starters Jodyn Mason and Amanda Steig.

One consolation for Koopman is having worked with his players during summer basketball.

“Kalee and Emma went to some individual things during the summer,” Koopman said. “Conditioning and getting the team to play together...That will be the key thing.”

The Coyotes will be opening with two non-league home games Nov. 27 with Pine River and Nov. 30 with Cadillac. Then they delve into the 18-game Central State Activities Association schedule. The Coyotes also have a scrimmage with Tri County plus McBain and Frankfort.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Koopman said. “We’ve been a team that traditionally starts out slow.”