CSAA honors Reed City players

Taylor Harrison

REED CITY — The Central State Activities Association Gold Division girls basketball all-league team announced recently includes two Reed City players with junior Taylor Harrison on the first team and senior Kamryn Myers on the honorable mention list.

Harrison played in 19 games. She averaged 8.6 points per game, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals per game, and 4.0 rebounds per game.

“She had game highs of 13 and 15,” Reed City Brian Koopman said. “She was one of our captains also. She became our floor leader when Kamryn (Myers) went down with a broken (ankle). She plays multiple positions on the floor this year. She played point guard, shooting guard, small forward. She can handle the ball very well, shoot threes, drive to the hole. She’s a very tough kid who played with a ankle injury pretty much all year. She’s a competitor who doesn’t like to lose.”

Myers, a senior point guard, broke her ankle after Christmas break and played only seven games.

“She’s arguably probably the best point guard around ‘till that happened,” Koopman said.

Myers averaged 13.4 points per game, 18 assists 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 4.1 rebounds per game. “She’s a serious competitor, she has been an all-conference player the last two years,” Koopman said. “There’s no doubt in my mind if she was healthy all season this year we would have won more games.”

It was Koopman’s 24th year as coach. The team was 2-19 overall and 1-15 in the CSAA Gold.

“We did not meet our team goals this year,” he said. “ I knew we would be young, but losing key players like Taylor Harrison, Layla Yost to injuries right away hurt us the first few games. Then Kamryn Myers for the entire season really killed us, along with Megan Gawne. There were lots of other injures. Ten of our 14-man roster missed multiple games with injuries and or mono, flu and concussions.

“Our challenging moments all year was who would be able to play, not just first half but second of the game, or the whole game. Positive moments would be that our young players got a lot of playing time for next year.”

Graduates are Myers Megan Gawne, Brooke Voelker, Allysaa Straub, Jenna Johnson and Layla Yost

Key returners will be Taylor Harrison, Alison Duddles, Maddie Morgan, Karlie Kearns, Jayna Kailing, Olivia Davidson, Makenzie Vandawater and Alania Stein.

“Next year, we’ve got a good group of young players back plus some JV kids,” Koopman said. “We definitely need to put a lot of emphasis on shooting and toughness and a lot of time in the gym this summer.”

 

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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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