REED CITY — Senior Alaina Woodard has been among the key players for the Reed City Coyotes basketball team this season and expects her team to make a strong run for the Central State Activities Association title this season.

It’s Woodard’s second varsity season.

“I felt that we had a pretty good year,” Woodard said of her junior campaign. “We didn’t go as far as we wanted to in districts. But overall, I thought we had a pretty good year. It was definitely a change.”

Woodard plays volleyball and basketball, and indicated the transition from JV to varsity might be more challenging with hoops.

“There’s a lot of speed, a lot more working out and conditioning,” Woodard said. “We did a lot (of basketball) in the summer. We went to a few camps I think I’ve improved a lot since last year for sure.”

Woodard is one of the team’s taller players but has been displaying her shooting talents this season.

“I shoot outside a lot,” she said, adding that she’s been able to hit some 3-pointers. “My rebounding has been pretty good. It’s easy that I’m tall so I can jump over people.”

Reed City coach Brian Koopman likes the way Woodard has been playing.

“She’s doing fine,” Koopman said. “She’s gotten into some early foul trouble. She’s coming around. She can play inside and outside. She has a nice shot from the outside.”

The Coyotes head into the holiday break at 2-4.

“We’re doing pretty well. We’ll improve throughout the season and be better,” Woodard said.

A December win over Big Rapids has been a season highlight. Shooting and defenses has been a focus in practice.

“We hope to win out the conference if we keep playing hard,” Woodard said. “We hope to beat Morley. We have to play hard and our shots have to fall.”