REED CITY — Lauren Voelker has had a strong senior girls basketball season for the Reed City Coyotes and was hoping to keep it going this week as the team entered the regional tourney.

The Coyotes ended the regular season at 9-11, and then won the district last week, which was quite an improvement for a team that was winless the previous winter.

Even when the Coyotes lost a game against strong teams like Lakeview, they were extremely competitive and showed signs of continual improvement.

“The second half, we came out and played with more intensity and started working the ball more on offense, and on defense we started talking,” Voelker said after the Lakeview game. “We’re close, but didn’t have enough energy to finish it.”

But the Coyotes ended the regular season strong. Voelker had several strong games including a 16-point effort against Lakeview.

“I think I’ve been playing a little better,” she said. “Some periods, I have off times with foul trouble. I feel like I’m getting better. I’ve got my post moves and have been working on my free throws.”

Voelker has been working to improve on her outside shots.

Voelker had big performances in district wins over Big Rapids and Clare last week. They faced Manistee on Tuesday in the regionals.

“We have to work harder on defense and start talking more,” Voelker said during the regular season. “We’re capable of a lot of things.”

Voelker had been working to improve on her outside shots.

“I thinking I’ve been playing a little better,” she said. “Some periods, I have off times with foul trouble. I feel like I’m getting better. I’ve got my post moves and have been working on my free throws.”