Reed City girls basketball keyed by senior lineup


REED CITY — Veteran Reed City girls basketball coach Brian Koopman isn’t making any predictions about the Coyotes as they prepare to open their season next Tuesday.

The Coyotes are at Pine River on Tuesday and at Cadillac Dec. 6. They open their Central State Activities Association (CSAA) season at Big Rapids Dec. 9 and have a home game Dec. 12 against Morley Stanwood.

The CSAA this season is having girls games Monday and Thursday evenings.

The Coyotes are in their third week of practices.

“Going back to the eighth grade, they only lost one game,” Koopman said. “Coming into this season, they’re all seniors and have high expectations for themselves. I know I have high expectations for them. I think we’ll be a pretty good ball team. I think we’re athletic. I think we’re pretty quick. We’ll try to use those two things this season.”

Several of the players are coming off the volleyball season which didn’t end until districts less than three weeks ago.

“We’re starting to get that speed and physical part up,” Koopman said. “We definitely have to fill some shoes. We (graduated) Emma Lockhart and Kalee (Hensel). We have to find kids willing to step up and make shots. I don’t think we’ll have that so-called go-to person. I think we’ll be a balanced overall team, which is good.”

All the seniors are expected to see a bulk of the playing time, Koopman said, along with some juniors and sophomores.

Karah Hensel has been on the varsity since her sophomore year.

“She’s very smart offensively and defensively,” Koopman said. “I like the way she plays. I look for her to be our main go-to (player). We have a lot of girls who can score.”

Other seniors are post players Kayla Davis and Jacolyn Mullins, plus Alaina Woodard who played extensively for the Coyotes last season, Kendra Repo and Natalie Westhoff. Mackenzie Switzer will be a point guard while also playing at the shooting spot.

Juniors are Skiler Brigham and Lily Heald.

McKenzie Switzer will play guard, Hanna Price and Lauren Voelker are the two sophomores.

In the CSAA, “on paper, you have to look at Chippewa Hills,” Koopman said. “Hanna Guy is a big-time player. Obviously there’s Morley (Stanwood) and Big Rapids.”