Reed City girls coach reflects on 17-win basketball season
REED CITY — Reed City girls basketball coach Brian Koopman would have liked to have had a better ending to his 2012-13 girls basketball season.
But Koopman also realizes a 17-4 record is one that most girls basketball programs would savor.
“I thought overall it was a good season,“ he said. “Losing Kalee (Hensel) going into districts (from knee injury) was a big blow to the team. But I thought we gave it our best. Our losses (during the regular season were to Big Rapids twice and Cadillac once. Overall, we played pretty good basketball. We dominated most of the games we played in.”
The Coyotes played and lost in the district semifinals without Hensel to a Clare team that went on to beat Big Rapids and win the Class B regionals at Central Montcalm.
“That would have given the kids some confidence going into the game,” Koopman said. “You never know, that’s why you play the game. We’ll never find out I guess.”
Highlights of the season included defeating non-league rival Pine River for the first time in three years.
“We beat them pretty handily the first game of the season,” Koopman said. “Overall, we had a good season, I think.”
Hensel and Emma Lockhart, two four-year seniors, are among the Coyotes that have graduated.
“We have seven kids on our roster as juniors and I look forward to having them comeback next year,” Koopman said. “Lot of them got playing time and experience. Makenzie Switzer will come back. She handles the ball very well and shoots well. Her ball handling skills improved.
“I thought Jacolyn Mullins improved for us this season. We also have Karah Hensel back. She’s one of the better players in the area. I look for her to be a leader and do a lot of things for us next year. Natalie Westhoff, she improved her game a lot. Her shooting got better.
“Alaina Woodward worked on her shot and got better. Kayla Davis got a lot better or us. They all got a lot of playing time and experience.”