Reed City girls preparing for district tournament

REED CITY — It’s the final week of the regular season for the Reed City girls basketball team which is gearing up for what it hopes will be a successful district tournament run next week.

Monday’s game with Central Montcalm at home was moved to Wednesday because of the weather. The Coyotes close out the regular season at White Cloud on Thursday.

“It will mess up (the practice schedule) a little bit,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We were going to use the couple of days off between the two games to get ready for our districts. Obviously we have to prepare for Central Montcalm and White Cloud instead of getting ready for districts. Hopefully we can tie both in a little bit.

“I want to emphasize a little more time on the district game.”

Reed City defeated Central Montcalm and White Cloud previously this season.

“We want to be more in an attack mode and get to the foul line more,” Koopman said. “The second thing is making smart decisions with the ball. We still make some decisions we should not make. We want to keep working on those things. We want to work and do some things for district.”

Taking care of the ball and cutting down on turnovers is critical, Koopman added.

The Coyotes snagged a lopsided win over Hesperia last Thursday night, 65-29, on the road.

Karah Hensel paced the Coyotes with 18 points, four assists and seven steals. Makenzie Switzer scored 10 while Natalie Westhoff and Jacolyn Mullins each contributed eight.

The Coyotes improve to 10-8 overall and 10-6 in the CSAA.

“In that game, we played really good defense,” Koopman said.  “It was a game we had 17 or 18 turnovers. That’s a game where we should not make that many turnovers. That’s been kind of our nemesis. We’ve been in every game. We’ve lost seven games by five points or less. We make some poor decisions with the ball. We have to do a better job.”

Reed City plays Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Clare against either Harrison or Clare in a district semifinal.