REED CITY — Her Reed City girls basketball team is off to an 0-3 start but senior Amanda Steig is confident the Coyotes will be winning plenty of games in upcoming weeks.

A high-flying start for the Big Rapids Cardinals was too much for Reed City to overcome Friday night in the Central State Activities Association girls basketball opener for both teams in a 53-50 Big Rapids victory.

For the Coyotes, 0-3, led by Emma Lockhart with 23 points and Kalee Hensel with 18, it was the falling-behind-early-in-the game blues again.

“I know every game we start out slow on offense, we start out timid,” Steig said. “Even against Big Rapids, we started out timid. We didn’t drive to the hoop but just took outside shots in the first half. If they were falling for us, it’d be all right, but they haven’t been. So we have to come up with a new strategy when we first come out. We need to draw some fouls.”

“We’ve done that every game,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “Every game we start out slow. Then in the third period, we decide to play basketball and we play well.”

Reed City is 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the league. Players like Steig hope to lead the Coyotes to wins this week at home Tuesday against Hesperia and Friday at Holton.

“My role on the team is my defense,” Steig said. “I have really strong defense. I’ve improved my shot from last year to this year. I’m hoping they’ll start falling because our shots haven’t fallen.

“I’m more of an outside shooter because I play a wing and get a lot of 15-footers and 3-point shots.”

The near win at Big Rapids gave Steig and her teammates reason to remain optimistic.

“I feel like we have great potential,” Steig said. “We’re starting to click as a team very well. We definitely outplayed Big Rapids in the second half. We learned how to play basketball together.”

Big Rapids had 37 rebounds but only 14 in the second half.

Rebounding has been a challenge so far for the Coyotes.

“I think we can do better in rebounding,” Steig said. “We need to box out which we’ve been doing an OK job of this year. There’s still a lot more room for improvement.”