Reed City girls basketball team opens next week against Pine River

REED CITY — It’s preseason and Reed City coach Brian Koopman said it’s imperative that members of his girls basketball team get into shape.

The season will start next Tuesday with a home game against Pine River.

This marks the third week of practice for the Coyotes. Reed City has just two seniors on the team with Skiler Brigham and Lily Heald. Juniors Hanna Price and Lauren Voelker are back with probably the most playing time from a year ago. But for the most part, Reed City had several seniors graduated from last season’s squad.

“Everyone else is new,” Koopman said. 

Most of the players had a chance to work on their game during the summer. Playing effective man-to-man defense will be critical for his team, Koopman indicated.

A new offense is also being emphasized.

“‘We’re trying to work on getting to the hole and getting to the free-throw line,” Koopman said. “We’re looking to get some high quality shots and get to the free-throw line. Last year, I don’t think we got to the line very often.”

Reed City has had scrimmages and Koopman said there were “little things” to focus on.

After the Pine River game, the Coyotes will have a Friday battle against Cadillac. This year, Reed City is in the Gold Division of the Central State Activities Association, featuring Big Rapids, Central Montcalm, Chippewa Hills, Grant, Newaygo and Tri County.

“I think it’s wide open,” Koopman said, adding that his lineup is also wide open so far this season. Additional practices will tell the veteran Reed City coach which players might see significant playing time.