REED CITY — Karah Hensel had one of her best games of the season recently when she scored 12 points and had six rebounds in helping the Reed City Coyotes post a 57-25 win over the Chippewa Hills Warriors.

But as the Coyotes, 7-2, head into the second half of the season, 5-1 in the Central State Activities Association, they’re going in with strong defensive performances behind them.

“Over break, we worked on the triangle and two (offense) and we had a special play for that,” Hensel said. “and on executing the ball well. We work a lot of man-to-man too.”

The key, Hensel noted, for combating the special defense against the Coyotes was showing patience and throwing the ball around to the open person.

Hensel is a junior but is playing her second varsity season. She’s been reaping the rewards of having that extra experience.

“It helped a lot being up last year to booster my confidence and play over the summer with everyone and knowing where everyone is,” Hensel, adding that her role from last year “has changed a little bit, I’m rebounding more and going to the ball.”

On her offense, “we work on it but I think we’re getting there,” she said.

Hensel likes the way the team played the first half of the season.

“I think we’re playing pretty good,” Hensel said. “We want to work on our offense and man-to-man defense. We’re getting back in shape from the break too.”