REED CITY — The undefeated record is gone for the Reed City Coyotes but senior Kyle Wright and his teammates are geared up to take on some key upcoming tests and stay in the Central State Activities Association boys basketball race.

Reed City suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday night at Newaygo, 56-51.

“Down the stretch, we got outrebounded,” Wright said. “One of our goals is to not get beaten on the glass.”

Newaygo established itself as one of the top teams in the CSAA.

Later in the season, the Coyotes will have a home rematch with the Lions.

“We’ll have to stay aggressive,” Wright said. “(Wednesday night) we went into a shell when they changed defenses. We have to stay aggressive and keep attacking. Their 1-3-1 zone, we were ready for it, we just didn’t execute.”

Wright scored 14 points, and added 12 rebounds and five steals.

“We have good team chemistry, good flow, “ Wright said. “We play pretty hard, it’s been good.”

Wright has been an effective player for the Coyotes so far this season and hopes to help the team stay on the winning path.

“I had a couple of slow starts,” he said. “I think we’ll be all right. I’ve been aggressive going to the glass, rebounding.”

Wright hopes to improve in his shooting from all areas on the court.

“We want to outhustle and be more physical than everybody else,” he said. “We’re being team players. No one needs to get their own points. They’re all hustling trying to get everyone else involved.”

Reed City plays at Big Rapids Friday night in a key CSAA contest.

“It’s going to be a tough stretch,” Wright said. “Every team in the CSAA is strong.”

Wright sustained a leg injury in Friday’s 82-69 win over Central Montcalm and didn’t see much action.