REED CITY \u2014 With the green light officially given to the 2021 basketball season, teams like the Reed City girls\u2019 squad no longer have to play the waiting game. From now until the end of this shortened 2021 winter sports season, the game these girls will be playing is the only one they\u2019ve wanted to all along. RC girls coach Tim Beilfuss said his team has been putting in the hard work and dedication through the barrage of stops and starts to the season. \u201cThis has been the hardest part, because the players are ready to go and then it gets taken away from them again and again,\u201d Beilfuss said. With contact sports now permitted to start, the main aspect of the game the Coyote coach is wary of is the lack of time spent engaging in contact during practice. Beilfuss said he\u2019s hopeful that jumping into a contact activity after having to social distance for so long won\u2019t have any adverse effects on the roster in general. \u201cWe are a young team that will need to improve daily,\u201d Beilfuss said. \u201cWe need to get better every day and every rep that we are given.\u201d This year\u2019s edition of the RC girls\u2019 hoops team will be tasked with filling the holes left by Alison Duddles and Taylor Harrison, who graduated in the offseason. Beilfuss said the pair, who had spent over three seasons at the varsity level, will be missed. \u201cThey were on varsity as freshmen and sophomores, and it is hard to replicate that experience,\u201d Beilfuss said. Three players from last season\u2019s team will return for another go in 2021, including Demi Lodholtz, Paige Lofquist and Christina Malakanich. Beilfuss said he expects Big Rapids, Central Montcalm and Newaygo to be tough competition this season. Reed City is home on Friday against Chippewa Hills.