Reed City junior makes smooth transition to basketball

Bowman reflects on strong volleyball season

Molly Bowman




REED CITY – For athletes who go from volleyball to basketball, there’s not much rest for the weary.

Take Reed City junior Molly Bowman. It was just a few weeks ago she led her volleyball team into the district title game againt Cadillac, which would advance all the way to the state title game.

Tuesday, she was playing at home in the season opener against Benzie Central for basketball.

Either way, Bowman serves a valuable role for Reed City sports.

Reed City basketball coach Tim Beilfuss was expecting a huge role for Bowman coming into the season.

“She’s a long guard that really began to find her role on the team late last season,” Beilfuss said. “Over the summer, she started becoming more assertive on the offensive end in terms of scoring. Molly will be relied upon to help lead our young group of guards this season. Molly is a very smart player, who we want to take the next steps in becoming a vocal leader for our team.”
Bowman looks back at a solid volleyball season with fond memories.

“We did good as a team,” she said. “With losing players and Christina (Malacknovich’s) injury, we did good. Switching positions around during the season we did good.”

Bowman was an outside hitter for the Coyotes. “On one rotation, I had to play over in the middle,” she said. “The key (as an outside hitter) is covering the defense, trying to get everything. It’s more than anything trying to hit the open spots.”

 Bowman was also one of the best servers on the team.

“The key is to aim whatever is open and if someone keeps messing up you try to hit them most of the time,” Bowman said.

Next season for volleyball “we will have a lot of girls coming up hopefully,” Bowman said. “Sometimes it gets hard not having enough people.”