Reed City sophomore having solid season for Coyotes

Hansen providing offensive spark for varsity team

Spencer Hansen

Spencer

Hansen

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – Spencer Hansen’s sophomore season for the Reed City boys basketball team has been an effective one so far.

He’s hoping it gets even better in upcoming games.

The Coyotes entered Friday’s game at Chippewa Hills at 4-1 with a one-point loss at Clare on Tuesday being the only blemish so far.

It’s his first year on the varsity level. Compared to the JV level, “ the speed of the game is faster. It means more because you are on varsity and you are playing for something.”

Hansen realize he would probably be on the varsity when he started playing for them during the summer. He admits to be a “little” nervous but excited about playing for the varsity. He’s been playing a key role for the Coyotes so far and has seen starting time. He estimates he’s been averaging around 26 minutes of playing time per game.

“I don’t think I’ve played my best but I’ve played OK at times,” he said. “I play a point guard so my job is to run the offense. That’s about it.”

Hansen said his best point production has been driving to the basket.

“You just  need to go up hard against the glass and don’t shy away from contact,” he said. “I want to improve on my outside shooting.”

Reed City has been playing a zone defense.

“You need active hands, be quick and anticipate passes,” Hansen said when asked what the key was to an effective zone defense.

The key to keep getting wins is to “go in and play to win,” he said. “We have to cut down on turnovers.”

Hansen also plays baseball and is on the varsity football team. He was a defensive back and earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

“I like football the best,” he said.