Reed City sophomore recalls memorable moments from basketball

REED CITY —  Alyssa Olds isn’t going to forget the 2015-16 girls basketball season for a long time.

Nor is she likely to forget two key plays in a 48-47 victory over Clare that produced Reed City’s first girls district championship since 2000.

The Reed City sophomore drove for the winning points on a layup late in the game. She also had the steal to clinch the victory. Perhaps even a sweeter win came two days prior when the Coyotes defeated archrival Big Rapids for the first time this season.

Olds had five rebounds in the 48-41 victory over Big Rapids and had one of her better games.

“It’s amazing, great,” she said after the Coyotes avenged two regular-season losses to the Cardinals. “We had to play better defense. We had to run the offense better.”

The key in the districts, Olds said, was not to get frustrated on offense.

It’s Olds’ second year on varsity.

“It’s way, way, way better than last year,” she said. “I’m proud of what our team accomplished this year.”

The Coyotes went from 0-21 last season to 11-12 this year.

“Our defense is 10 times better,” she said. “We started scoring more and started taking chances on D. We’ve turned around a lot from last year. Once we won our first (Central State Activities Association Gold Division) game, we started going.”

Olds was among the key contributors for the team and said defense has usually been her main role. But against Clare, she came up with an offensive play Coyote fans will remember for a long time.