Reed City girls prepare for Big Rapids

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team endured an 0-2 slate last week, but the Coyotes are ready to start the Central State Activities Association season, which begins this Friday at Big Rapids.

On Friday, the Coyotes lost to Cadillac 50-44. The game was tied 40-40 in the late going. Kalee Hensel led Reed City with 14 points while Emma Lockhart and Jordyn Mason had eight and six respectively

“It’s interesting right now,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We just don’t seem to have any flow to the game. Doing the stats and watching the film, it looks like we created some good shots but we just couldn’t knock them down. Both games, we started out slow, then we came back and made a game out of it.”

“We had too many mental errors in the first half,” said Lockhart. “We would click sometimes but not at others. We’re still working at meshing together as a team. We need to be more of a team and mesh together.”

In her third varsity season, Lockhart, a junior, continues to bring the ball up the court and get the Coyote offense going.

“I’m being more offensive minded this year than last year,” she said. “We don’t have Kelsey Jones to rely on. We all have to step up.”

Jones, last year’s leading scorer as a post player, was among the key graduates from last season’s team.

“I thought we got better at Cadillac than we were at Pine River,” Lockhart said. “We did a lot better job at boxing out.”

The Coyotes hope to start 1-0 in the CSAA.

“Big Rapids had two players that are outstanding with Cameron Baumunk outside and Kendra Enszer inside,” said Koopman. “They’re both different types of threats. Baumunk can handle the ball and can create her own shots. Enszer has good post moves. We’ll probably have to double team on her and keep an eye on Baumunk and make sure neither one gets off to a good start.

“We’ll have to come out from the beginning and play a full 32 minutes. Right now, I’m not sure why we’re not doing that.”

“We’ll have to play good defense and play as a team,” Lockhart said. “We have to eliminate our mental errors.”

Pine River appeared more than ready to tip off the season. But it took the Reed City Coyotes awhile to get going.

Pine River fired out to a 30-14 halftime lead and scored the first eight points of the third quarter on its way to a 55-42 girls basketball nonleague victory in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night, Nov. 29.

Kalee Hensel and Jordyn Mason had 13 points apiece for Reed City.

“We’ve done this the last few years, we always start out slow,” said Koopman. “It’s just not this game...don’t ask me why. We’ve had some good scrimmages and we had a good summer.”

The Coyotes had offensive woes in the first half and trailed 30-14 at halftime.

“In the first half, we missed some easy layups and free throws,” Koopman said. “In the second half, we started playing loose. We got right back in it. It’s hard coming from behind on a good team. We didn’t crash the boards.”

Pine River also had a 45-15 edge on the board.

“I told the girls that this is the first game of the year and we’ve got 19 more to go,” Koopman said. “We’ve done it every year and we’ve gotten better going into the district finals. We can’t dwell on this. I feel good with the second half and how we played. That’s the key. We have to build off of that.”

Lockhart hurt her ankle in the third quarter after taking a nasty spill but still helped the Coyotes have a strong second half.

“We played basketball together and were decent on defense,” Lockhart said of the second half. “I’m out there to be a leader on the court.”