REED CITY — Lauren Voelker is only a sophomore but is making her presence felt in the Reed City girls basketball lineup.

Voelker moved up from the junior varsity. Voelker noted that some JV players were brought up to play with the varsity during the summer.

“During tryouts (coach Brian Koopman) told me I was on varsity,” Voelker said. “It was a little bit of a surprise. I was excited but a little scared because varsity is a faster pace.”

So far “it’s pretty good, Voelker said. “I’ve been adapting. It’s a lot different than JV. You have to be more aggressive on defense and offense. It’s faster paced so you have to be ready.”

When she’s on the court, Voelker is out there to play defense and try to hit a few shots.

In the season opener, Voelker scored eight points in a loss to Pine River. In a win over Big Rapids, she had 11 points. So far, Voelker has been coming from off the bench and scoring when the opportunity arises

“(The shots) were there so I just shot them,” Voelker said. “Most of them are from little jumpers outside.”

Voelker has also been looking for layups.

“I like to rebound well,” Voelker said. “I have to work on defense, getting low and stuff. I need to move my feet better on defense.”

Voelker said she’s still making the transition to varsity and figures that more game time will help.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes are off to a 2-3 start.

“We’re doing a lot of better,” Voelker said. “We’re playing as a team more. We’re only going to get better.”

Voelker and her Coyotes hope to be a factor in the Central State Activities Association race.

“We need to try to play each game like it’s our last,” she said, adding that as the season progresses. “I feel I’ll be a lot better player. I’ll know more about the game.”