Reed City girls will be a young team

Coyotes open CSAA play this week

Reed City girls open the 2021 season this week. (Herald Review file photo)

Reed City girls open the 2021 season this week. (Herald Review file photo)

REED CITY — With the green light officially given to the 2021 basketball season, teams like the Reed City girls’ squad no longer have to play the waiting game.

From now until the end of this shortened 2021 winter sports season, the game these girls will be playing is the only one they’ve wanted to all along.

RC girls coach Tim Beilfuss said his team has been putting in the hard work and dedication through the barrage of stops and starts to the season.

“This has been the hardest part, because the players are ready to go and then it gets taken away from them again and again,” Beilfuss said.

With contact sports now permitted to start, the main aspect of the game the Coyote coach is wary of is the lack of time spent engaging in contact during practice.

Beilfuss said he’s hopeful that jumping into a contact activity after having to social distance for so long won’t have any adverse effects on the roster in general.

“We are a young team that will need to improve daily,” Beilfuss said. “We need to get better every day and every rep that we are given.”

This year’s edition of the RC girls’ hoops team will be tasked with filling the holes left by Alison Duddles and Taylor Harrison, who graduated in the offseason.

Beilfuss said the pair, who had spent over three seasons at the varsity level, will be missed.

“They were on varsity as freshmen and sophomores, and it is hard to replicate that experience,” Beilfuss said.

Three players from last season’s team will return for another go in 2021, including Demi Lodholtz, Paige Lofquist and Christina Malakanich.

Beilfuss said he expects Big Rapids, Central Montcalm and Newaygo to be tough competition this season.

Reed City is home on Friday against Chippewa Hills.