Reed City girls prepare for regular season stretch


REED CITY — Coming off a tough loss to arch-rival Big Rapids last week, the Reed City girls basketball team is looking to finish strong in the last four weeks of the season and keep an eye on the Class B districts which they’ll be hosting.

Games this week included against Morley Stanwood at home Tuesday and this Friday at Holton in Central State Activities Association action.

“We beat Morley Stanwood by 22 the first time but it was a close game until halftime,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “They’ve improved. They gave Big Rapids a good run for their money. Morley Stanwood will be ready to go.

“Holton is playing better. We have to go to Holton so that will be a challenge.”

Koopman said the 9-3 Coyotes need to bounce back from the 63-52 loss sustained to Big Rapids last Friday.

“We have a chance to come in at 17-3 going into districts,” Koopman said. “We are hosting the districts for the first time since 1997. We’re excited.”

But the Coyotes need to keep preparing offensively for what Koopman calls junk defenses, referring to boxes-and-one, triangles-and-two,diamonds-and-one, etc. We’re seeking a lot of that. Two people are chasing after Emma  (Lockhart). We’re seeing all kinds of things.

“Any night you don’t come to play, you’ll get beat.”

Big Rapids’ post players, especially Kendra Enszer, posed problems for Reed City, Lockhart noted.

While the Coyotes are focusing on the rest of the regular season it is possible they’ll see Big Rapids at district time.

“We would have to play better defense,”Lockhart said. “We have to work the ball around. We have to keep playing as a team.”

Lockhart, in her fourth varsity season, is hoping to finish strong as a senior.

“It’s been going good,” she said. “It’s difficult when they run the triangle and two (and other defenses) on us. We try to get other people to step up. It’s just getting other people to step up.”