Reed City senior glad to be back after missing most of 2014-15 basketball season

REED CITY — Lauren Voelker has been anxious to return to the basketball court for at least a year.

It was a year ago in the opening game for Reed CIty that Voelker tore her ACL and missed the rest of the season. In the spring, she played halfway through the soccer season.

“I played with a knee brace all through soccer,” she said going into the season. “For summer basketball, they said play with a knee brace. For this season, I’m (ready to go). I played with the whole team during the summer.”

Voelker was in equestrian during the fall.

“It went really well,” she said. “We made it out of districts to regionals. At regionals, we placed fourth.”

But for basketball season, “I feel like I’m ready to go,” Voelker said. “I’m strong again. I’m a little nervous but I’m ready to go. I’m confident, this being my senior year.”

Voelker scored 19 points in Reed City’s 48-44 win over Pine River last week in the season opener.

Voelker admits being a spectator during 2014-15 wasn’t fun.

“It was sad and disappointing,” she said. “It hurt me to watch from the bench. I’ve never had to do that before. It’s probably going to take me a few games to get back to my normal confidence level. I’ll be ready.”

Voelker said she’ll enter the season at low post and will be doing some rebounding and setting screens.

“I usually have been guard on the outside and more as a dribbler, but this year I’m more inside,” she said.

Voelker played on the varsity as a sophomore.

“I crash the boards well,” she said. “I’m working on my shot, and making that better.”

The Coyotes are home Dec. 11 against Tri County to open their Central State Activities Association Gold Division season.

“I think we’ll start off good, increase and get better,” Voelker said. “We’re going to try to shut teams down and not let them score as much and try to build the team chemistry from last year.”