Smith playing key role from the bench for Reed City

REED CITY — Reed City senior Schuyler Smith scored the winning basket at the overtime buzzer against Newaygo in Friday’s 65-63 win.

But he’s been providing many other key contributions for the Coyotes so far this season.

“Most teams can’t stay with us after we pressure them for three quarters,” Smith said earlier in the week after his team defeated Evart 73-66. “One of their best players (Danny Griffin) fouled out and he was killing us. We picked our heads up and kept going hard.”

It’s Smith’s second year on the varsity.

“They want me to be a leader,” he said. “The main thing right now is keep my head, keep my cool. If I can do that, I can do so many things.”

Smith considers scoring to be among his strengths.

“My defense needs to improve,” he said. “Scoring is probably my best thing right now.”

Reed City has had two tough Central State Activities Association Gold Division wins over Tri County and Newaygo, and will resume league action in January.

“If we get down we have to keep our heads up,” Smith said. “If we do that, nothing can stop us.”

Smith is among the players who has added depth to the team.

“There’s not too many teams in our league that play 12 people like we do when we’re fully healthy,” Smith said. “When it gets to the fourth quarter, it wears and tears on other teams. That’s how we get wins.”

Reed City is at Fremont on Jan. 5 in nonleague action.