REED CITY - Tryouts have ended and Reed City's girls basketball team is gearing up for the regular season as the Coyotes wrap up their first week of preseason practices.

New coach Tim Beilfuss started practices on Monday. Tryouts ended on Wednesday. There are 10 girls on varsity and 11 on junior varsity.

Beilfuss was assistant under former head coach Brian Koopman the last two seasons and said he knows most of his players well, and has spent several years as assistant coach for Reed City hoops.

"We've implemented some of our defensive systems," Beilfuss said. "It's more of changing our culture and getting the kids to work hard and buying into that."

The Coyotes were plagued with injuries to key players through last season. Staying healthy, Beilfuss said, will obviously be critical.

"We've addressed that," he said on Wednesday. "Right now, we're fine. We're in good health right now, knock on wood."

The Coyotes open the season with nonleague road games Dec. 3 at Clare and Dec. 5 at Cadillac.

Their first home game is a CSAA Gold clash with Fremont on Dec. 13. A scrimmage is set for at McBain on Nov. 25 and the Coyotes will face the host school and Kalkaska.

"It will be a good learning experience for us," Beilfuss said. "We'll get couple of weeks experience under our belts and can see what we know and don't know (against other schools)."