Reed City girls basketball team prepares for season opener

REED CITY — This marks the second week of practice for girls basketball teams like Reed City, that are getting ready for a season that starts in less than two weeks.

The Coyotes open the season Dec. 1 at Pine River.

Coach Brian Koopman opened the practice season with his team last week.

“We went every day and I thought it went pretty well,” Koopman said. “We’re picking up where we left off. I thought we had a pretty good summer. Right now, we’re focusing a lot on defense and rebounding. We want to be a little more selective on our shots.”

Hanna Price is among the returning seniors.

“She’s playing with a lot more confidence and has a little more control of the offense and what we’re doing out there,” Koopman said. “Lauren Voelker looked pretty good over the summer. She definitely makes a difference out there. She’s a lot more physical for us and is another scoring threat for us. Those two really stand out.”

Voelker sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury the first game and missed the rest of last season.

“Emily Libey as a freshman did some good things for us,” Koopman said. “We have a lot of young kids out that are doing well.”

Price, Libey and Brenna Westhoff saw starting action last year. Voelker was also starting before her injury.

The Coyotes didn’t get a win last season and hope to open 2015-16 on a winning note.

“Our first four games are pretty brutal,” Koopman said. “We play at Pine River, which had been a decent ballclub. We go on the road to Cadillac, to Clare and Manistee. All those teams are pretty good ballclubs.”

Those are all nonleague opponents. The Coyotes will play  home-and home against six opponents in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division: Big Rapids, Central Montcalm, Chippewa Hills, Grant, Newaygo and Tri County.