Megan Donley playing big role on much improved Reed City basketball team

DONLEY: Reed City senior Megan Donley (middle) marks a Tri County player during a game earlier this season. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

DONLEY: Reed City senior Megan Donley (middle) marks a Tri County player during a game earlier this season. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls basketball team has gotten off to a promising start, but senior Megan Donley and her teammates are looking to post several more victories in upcoming weeks.

Reed City entered action this week with a 3-4 record after a 44-41 win on Jan. 5 against Fremont. Donley had eight points in the win.

“Hustle was a huge thing,” she said. “We had hustle for second and third shots. We had to give the extra effort.”

The Coyotes, who were winless last winter, started off 2-1, then lost three straight before the win over Fremont. They are 0-2 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division heading into league games this week on Tuesday at Grant and Friday at home against Big Rapids.

“It’s been a lot better than last year,” Donley said. “Some of our losses we felt we should have won.”

Donley is confident there are more wins down the road for Reed City. The Coyotes are hoping to be district title contenders.

“We need the same effort throughout the whole game,” she said after the Fremont contest. “We had some times where we didn’t try as hard. That’s when they got a lot of points on us.”

The Coyotes cut their turnovers to 11 against Fremont.

“Just working together, hustling to get open and playing smart,” are key factors in keeping the turnovers low, Donley said.

Early in the game, Donley went down with an apparent ankle injury and was in pain, but it wasn’t serious enough for her to stay out long. She re-entered the game to play a key role in the Coyotes’ win. Because of injury problems, Coach Brian Koopman acknowledged it was critical for players like Donley to stay healthy and avoid foul trouble.

“We had a couple of kids injured (against Fremont),” Koopman said. “I thought all eight kids came in, did a good job and played good minutes, hit some baskets and did the right things we had to do.”

Shooting and taking care of the ball have been among her roles, Donley said. Her eight points against Fremont was her season-high.

“I shoot outside mostly,” she said.

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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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