Reed City’s Emily Libey signs with Grace Bible College

Emily Libey (center), flanked by girls basketball coach Brian Koopman (left) and Brian Hammond (right), signs a letter of intent on Monday to play sports at Grace Bible College. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s Emily Libey is in her senior and final season as a basketball and track and field athlete at Reed City.

But her sports career is far from being finished.

Libey, on Monday, signed a letter of intent to play basketball and run track at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids.

“I filled out a thing online and their coach came and watched me play basketball,” Libey said. “When I visited, I liked the campus. People welcomed me when I got there. I decided on my own from other colleges it looked at. I also considered Calvin College.”

A 5-foot-7 forward, Libey scored 249 points and averaged 11.9 per game as a senior. She also totaled 117 rebounds and averaged 5.57 per game with 47 steals with 2.2 per game; 47 assists for an average of 2.2 per game.

Libey shot 72-of-140 from 2-point range for 51 percent and 15-of-34 from 3-point range for 44 percent.

She struggled at the free-throw line 55 of 107 for 51 percent. She had game highs of 24, 20 and 18.

“She helped lead us to a 14-7 season,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said.

Libey said she started thinking seriously of college basketball last season.

“I always knew I wanted to play college basketball,” she said. “This year we started doing things with it.”

Libey indicated she’s played guard for forward for Grace.

Libey is also a strong sprinter and long jumper for the Coyote track team. She indicated she’ll do both at Grace.

Cory Jamieson, assistant athletic director at Grace, represented the school at the signing.

“She’s definitely providing depth for our team,” Jamieson said. “We’re returning a real good squad.”

Grace Bible is affiliated with the national Christian College Athletic Association Division II.

“The team finished No. 6 in the nation at the end of the year,” Jamieson said. “They return all but two players. Something they were looking forward in recruiting was a wing who could play.”

Jamieson said all students at the college receive academic scholarships.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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