Reed City senior point guard ready for new challenges


REED CITY — The 2013-14 season is under way for the Reed City Coyotes girls basketball team. Makenzie Switzer is a 5-6 senior point guard back for her second varsity season.

“I had a good season,” she said of 2012-13. “I feel like I adjusted good (to the varsity level).”

During the offseason, Switzer went to three camps with her teammates and attended various open gyms.

“I want to get better at my ball handling, being a point guard,” she said. “This is my first year of being point guard.”

Switzer usually played wing in the past but would occasionally sub at point guard if necessary. But she’s looking forward to the new role.

“It just puts a lot of pressure on me, more than I’m used to,” she said, adding that being able to see the court is a key behind being effective at her spot. “The pressbreaker has been among the focuseses in practice, she indicated.

Switzer’s number of shots will depend on the game situation. She plans on putting up threes and driving to the basket.

“We want to press a lot,” Switzer added, noting that the team is “getting there” in terms of conditioning and getting in shape.

The Coyotes opened Tuesday at Pine River and are at Cadillac this Friday night and at Big Rapids Monday. They have their first home game Dec. 12 with Morley Stanwood.

“I think we’re going to be pretty decent,” Switzer said. “I think we’ll be quick. Our challenge is to beat Big Rapids and win conference. We need to work hard in practice and go full out.”