REED CITY — Several standout seniors graduated from the Reed City basketball squad after the Coyotes lost 55-44 to Big Rapids.

That includes Andre Jones, who was among the team’s leading scorers, and was hoping to add to the district title he and the team had won their junior season.

The Coyotes lost 55-53 to Big Rapids at home during the regular season and then on the road on Feb. 19. That came three weeks prior to what would be a rematch.

The regular-season game at Big Rapids just escaped the Coyotes’ grasp.

“We had a lot of bad defensive lapses,” Jones said. “The outcome isn’t what we wanted. But we still have a chance to get them so we’re going to work hard every game.”

The key in the rematch, Jones said, would be to outwork Big Rapids or any team they would play, for all 32 minutes.  But the Coyotes weren’t able to get the shots to fall to grab the win.

The regular season ended with wins over Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills.

“We’re focusing on being the team we should be,” Jones said. “We’re trying to get better every day.”

This was Jones’ third varsity season, and he said it’s been his best.

“I’m being a passer, being a leader and being a scorer,” he said. “Now that I’m a senior, it’s hard not to (help push) my guys.”

This season, Jones has learned the game more and has become a better shooter.

During the season, “we definitely had a few games that didn’t go our way,” he said. “It may have been a case of us not working together sometimes.”

Jones said the Coyotes would critique some things and focus on improving for postseason. They got the job done against Harrison in the district semifinal, but their bid to dump Big Rapids for the second straight year in the districts fell short.