Two Reed City girls basketball players earn all-league honors

REED CITY — Two Reed City girls basketball players, seniors Hannah Price and Lauren Voelker, have been named to the all-Central State Activities Association Gold Division team announced recently.

Voelker was on the first team and Price on the honorable mention list.

Voelker, a senior power forward-center, sustained a torn ACL the first game of last season and missed the entire year. This season, she was healthy, and averaged 9.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 1.8 assists per game.

“She is a major reason we went from 0-21 last year to district champs this year,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “She is an all-around player who primarily plays inside but handles the ball vs. presses. She could play from point to center. It took her most of the year to get her knee back in shape. She had game highs of 23,19,17,16, and 14.”

Price, a point guard and three-year varsity player, averaged 5.1 points, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She started the past two seasons.

“Her stats aren’t the best, but her leadership has been really good for us this year,” Koopman. “She really took her game to another level the last six games of the season. She would always guard the other team’s best player.”

A strong returning athlete includes sophomore Emily Libey, a second-year varsity player, who averaged 11.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

“She has really improved her game both defensively and offensively,” Koopman said. “She’s had game highs of 20,18,18,16 20,15,13,12.”

Another key returning player will be sophomore Alyssa Olds, on the varsity her second season. She averaged 5.5 points, 4.85 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

“She has really improved her game from last year,” Koopman said. “She’s extremely quick and gets about every loose ball and rebound. Alyssa was a reason we won our district by hitting a game winning shot vs. Clare in the final with 7.3 seconds left in the game.”

Looking back, Koopman thought his team could be a contender for the conference and win a district. After a modest start, the Coyotes had a 20-point loss at Central Montcalm, a team they would beat later in the season in a rematch. The coaches Koopman said, had a talk with the players and gradually a turnaround developed.

There are five players returning, including Libey, Olds, freshman Kamryn Myers and juniors Meghan Borst and Alanna Nelson.