Reed City senior hoping for strong finish to season

REED CITY —  Alaina Woodard is among the Reed City girls basketball seniors hoping this will be a big week.

The Coyotes are at the Clare district this week and need wins Wednesday and Friday for the title.

“I think we’ve been playing good lately,” Woodard said. “I know we’ve had a few losses. Most of our losses have been really close and in overtime and losing by one or two. We’ve been putting up a fight. We don’t get lucky in the end, I guess.”

That included a 46-44 loss against Central Montcalm last week in a game that went down to the wire. The Coyotes ended the regular season at 11-9.

“Most of us are like best friends and we like to play together,” Woodard said. “It’s been really fun. I know our record isn’t amazing. We’ve all had fun. We go game-by-game and day-by-day.”

Two wins over arch-rival Big Rapids would be among the highlights.

It’s her second varsity season and Woodard indicated she’s been able to improve significantly.

“My shot’s improved, my post moves have improved, my ball handling skills...I’ve just improved in general. I played good in the Chippewa Hills games (at home) with a lot of steals and a decent amount of points.”

In upcoming games “we have to come out ready, and play as a team and hopefully our shots will fall,” Woodard said. “When we play Clare, we have to play good that night. We have to keep (all-stater) Lindsay Winter from scoring and their teammate from scoring. We have to keep their other teammates from scoring. We have to play good in general the next couple of days.”