Reed City girls coach reflects on 11-10 season

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball record at 11-10 might not been a impressive as the Coyotes would have preferred this season.

There were many close calls and losses to standout teams that could have made a difference in the wins column.

“It’s not the season I expected to have or that the girls expected to have,” said veteran Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “I thought we did better (than the record shows). We never quit. We had an awesome summer last summer and went to Tawas and Frankfort, played some pretty good teams and played well throughout the summer.

“Somewhere between after volleyball and the basketball seasons started, we just didn’t come together. At moments on the floor, we looked really good. We passed the ball well. We’d make a run. Then the next time it was like we never played the game. We didn’t click like we did during the summer. That’s disappointing for us.”

The Coyotes had seven seniors on this year’s team.

“They’re awesome young ladies,” Koopman said. “The (seniors) have done a lot for Reed City basketball. They’ve been in the program since the third grade. They did an awesome job raising money, $2,000 over the last two years for money for needy families for Christmas. They were great role models for Reed City basketball and Reed City in general.”

No starters are returning. Hannah Price and Lauren Voelker played extensively as sophomores.

“Hannah Price got a lot of experience playing, mainly a backup one guard and some two guard. She learned a lot,” Koopman said. “Lauren Voelker improved a lot for us. She’s not afraid to get physical. She was a great asset from off the bench. Skiler Brigham came off the bench, struggled the first part of the year, but caught up in the speed and physical part of the game. Lily Heald really improved a lot.

“The JVs did not have a great year but there’s a lot of potential down there that can help the team.”