Smith, Coyotes hope to pick up key upcoming victories

REED CITY — Schuyler Smith and the Reed City boys basketball team are looking for a strong February run as the Coyotes bid to add several more wins to their record.

One of Smith’s best games came in a 21-point performance against Chippewa Hills.

“Our offense was just moving smoothly,” Smith said. “Everybody was rebounding, everybody was hustling.”

Wins over Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills got the Coyotes back on the winning path at 6-4. They entered this week at 8-6.

“It was kind of a confidence week to finish off our first (round) of conference,” Smith said. “We’re starting to click together as a team. At the beginning of the season, we were more like individuals. But now we’re starting to click. My own play is getting better. From the beginning of the year, I’m gotten a lot more confident.”

The Coyotes were struggling early in the season trying to hit their shots. But now, for Smith and his teammates, it seems like the shots are falling.

“We had problems in the beginning of the year,” he said. “We all went through a lot of practice and had to start shooting confidently. We have to take smart shots and not be too selfish. You have to find your teammates and get the ball to them, too.”

The Coyotes are home Thursday against Clare.

“We have a couple of weeks coming up, and Big Rapids at the end of the year,” Smith said. “We’ve had a good stretch for a half or a quarter maybe, but we haven’t played our full best game yet.”