Reed City girls basketball team bidding for another strong season

REED CITY — Reed City is coming off a comeback girls basketball season when the Coyotes went from an 0-21 squad the previous winter to a 10-12 clip and a Class B district title.

Some of the players have returned, but many others have graduated and the Coyotes are expected to be young again.

“We’ve got quite a bit of work done, but it seems like we hit the injury bug again,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said after the first full week of practice. Of the 11 to 12 kids trying out and doing varsity, three of them were injured. It put us back a little bit because we didn’t have a full squad to scrimmage with.”

Koopman was expecting his players to heal up and get better as the season opener approaches. The first week also includes a nonleague game at Lakeview on Dec. 2.

Junior Emily Libey is among the key returning players.

“She was one of our high point getters last year,” Koopman said. “She ended up being an all conference and all-area player. That will be a huge asset. She’s gotten stronger and better. We look forward to that.”

Also back is junior Alyssa Olds.

“She’s one of our leading rebounders and our best defensive player,” Koopman said. “She’s quick and athletic and is a hard kid to stop. She’s an all-around player.”

Kamryn Myers returns as a sophomore after a strong freshman season at point guard.

“For her to step up and take that leadership role from Hanna Price (who has graduated) will be important,” Koopman said. “She has some skills. She can shoot outside, drive and everything.”

Meghan Borst is the only senior.

“She’s back from last year and played a lot of minutes,” Koopman said. “She’ll be in our starting five. She put in a lot of time during the offseason on her post moves so hopefully it will pay off for us. She’s always been a good defensive player. She’s working hard and getting better.”

Junior Alanna Nelson returns from last season.

“She played a lot for us here and there and does some outside shooting,” Koopman said. “She’ll have to work on the defense. We have a freshman I brought up and a couple of sophomores with us now. Overall we’re young. I think we’ll be athletic and quick, so that will be good.”

Winning the district title brings a lot of momentum to the program, Koopman said.

“It was huge winning it,” Koopman said. “These girls have some goals set ahead of them they want to do and accomplish. (Being defending district champs) is a tremendous motivator. Right now, we’re young but will be athletic and quick. We have to get it all together.”

Reed City scrimmaged McBain on Monday at home.