Reed City senior confident basketball team will gain more success

REED CITY — Reed City’s boys basketball team dropped two Central State Activities Association Gold Division games last week, but seniors like Taylor Pelton are looking to get the Coyotes back into a winning trend in upcoming games.

It’s Pelton’s third varsity season. He started as a junior.

“I wouldn’t say it was my best year,” Pelton said. “Probably my sophomore year was a better year.”

Reed City is at Chippewa Hills on Friday night. The Coyotes are coming off a 55-53 loss to Big Rapids on Friday.

“We haven’t played to our full potential yet, but we’re improving slowly,” Pelton said. “We’re slowly getting better. We had a big win over Manistee.”

The win over Manistee was the week prior to the setbacks to Grant and Big Rapids.

“We played together, got rebounds and shots started falling,” Pelton said.

The Coyotes are looking for Pelton to get rebounds and go hard off the glass. He’s an all-state special honors football player and acknowledged it’s a factor that helps him be a force on the basketball court. His basketball role has basically stayed the same over the years.

Pelton had a strong overall game against Tri County in December.

“We have the potential to go a long way this year,” Pelton said. “We just have to work together and get better. We can’t turn the ball over. We have to box out and do our assignments.”

Depth remains an asset for the Coyote team.

“You can count on everyone,” Pelton said.

As the season progresses, he wants to be playing at his best.

“I want to work on my inside game,” Pelton said, “and get better finishing around the glass and get more rebounds.”