Shorthanded Coyotes relying heavily on Bowman

Junior guard trying fill in some key roles

Molly Bowman

Molly

Bowman

John Raffel

REED CITY – Reed City’s girls basketball team has been dealing with a shorthanded roster this season and will continue to look for players like Molly Bowman to make key contributions for the team.

“She’s a long guard that really began to find her role on the team late last season,” Reed City coach Tim Beilfuss said. “Over the summer, she started becoming more assertive on the offensive end in terms of scoring. Molly will be relied upon to help lead our young group of guards this season. Molly is a very smart player, who we want to take the next steps in becoming a vocal leader for our team.”

Bowman is a junior and is in her second varsity Coyote seasons. She previously played at Bullock Creek.

Her role ”will definitely be stepping up to be a leader since (Christina Malackanich is out (with an injury) and we don’t know when she’ll be  back,” Bowman said. “We’re a very young team. Me and Kyleigh (Weck) are among the oldest people. (Christina) is the only senior.

“The other girls previously played JV. We did summer stuff with them.”

Bowman is basically a shooting guard. Her favorite shot is the 3-pointer.

“The key is making sure you use your legs and making sure it’s not a super contested shot,” Bowman said. “This summer definitely helped in getting me ready. Last year I didn’t shoot a lot. This year, I’ve been pushing myself to shoot more when I feel like I’m guarded, but I’m not. There’s other girls who can shoot. It just depends on what the offense gives people.”

Bowman played volleyball and basketball during the offseason.

“Being so young, it will definitely be different than last year (in basketball),” Bowman said. “Hopefully toward the middle of the season we’ll get used to the quick pace in running so we’ll get in shape.”