Switzer, Coyotes optimistic as they head into final weeks of regular season

REED CITY — Makenzie Switzer and her teammates have been on a roll lately, and the Reed City girls basketball team is hoping that it continues for a long time.

The Coyotes have had recent wins over Holton and Newaygo after a tough loss last week to Morley Stanwood 59-50 in overtime.

“We worked hard to try to bring it back,” Switzer said, adding that for the next game against Holton, “we were ready. It’s good defense, talking on the court.”

Since the season started, the team has made “a lot of progress,” Switzer said. “Our defense has gotten really good, since we first started.”

Defense has been the key behind the team’s recent success after a 2-5 start, Switzer noted. She’s in her second varsity season.

“I think I’m doing pretty good,” she said. “I’m adjusting well.”

Switzer has been sparking the Coyotes in both scoring and ball handling.

“I feel like I need to work a little harder on my ball handling,” she said, adding that her team is also confident in its abilities to handle full-court pressure.

There’s less than three weeks left in the regular season as Switzer and the Coyotes focused on some key goals.

“We want to stay strong and talk and focus for that one game,” she said, “and not lose.”

The Coyotes entered Monday’s game against a Newaygo team it had lost to earlier in the season by three points. This time, the Coyotes prevailed.

“We need to play harder than we did last time,” Switzer said prior to Monday’s contest. “We didn’t play our best game.”