Reed City seniors eager to start basketball season

REED CITY -- The season opener is less than two weeks away for Reed City’s girls basketball team and seniors like Tia Lintemuth and Alex Donley hope to play key roles in what could be a highly successful season for the Coyotes.

Lintemuth is a second-year varsity player for the Coyotes and saw extensive action last season.

“We didn’t go as far as we wanted district-wise,” Lintemuth said. “We plan to do better this year and go farther.”

Donley is also in her second varsity season. She saw extensive playing time last season and could challenge for a starting role this year.

“My defense got better,” Donley said, adding that as an outside player, she hopes to do some shooting to help the offense.

“I think it will be a strong season. We have some new JV players,” Donley said. “We’re not really that tall, but we have some good shooters and some quick people.”

The Coyotes struggled with a slow start last season but Lintemuth and Donley hope to reverse those fortunes this year.

“We weren’t as prepared as we should have been,” Lintemuth said. “We have to do what we can. I think we’re closer this year.”

It was a busy offseason for the Coyotes.

“We played AAU over in Mount Pleasant and had our summer team camps,” Lintemuth said.

Lintemuth sees herself being more of a team leader this season.

Action tips off with non-league home games Nov. 27 with Pine River and Nov. 30 with Cadillac, followed by an 18-game Central State Activities Association schedule.

“We should be pretty good,” Lintemuth said. “We played with our Sunday basketball at Morey Courts. We’ve been playing for awhile. We picked up some JV girls so they could get experience.”