REED CITY — The boys basketball seasons ended at the state finals last Saturday and it concluded earlier this month for the Reed City Coyotes.

It ended  too soon for Reed City, which lost in the Class B district finals to Big Rapids. The Cardinals wound up going to the state quarterfinals.

Coach Dean McGuire ended his first season with the Coyotes at 12-10.

“There’s a few we’d like to have back,” McGuire said. “We played two nailbiters with Lakeview that could have gone either way. Another bounce here or there...we had two nailbiters with Newaygo. All of our losses except to Big Rapids were within six points.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t win any of the close ones.”

Highlights included a tough one-point loss to Newaygo, which finished second in the league. “We were up by eight at half at their place and lost by six to them,” McGuire recalled. ”Those both could have gone either way. We lost at Morley Stanwood by three with a chance to tie at the end but turned the ball over.”

McGuire said with a coaching transition, it took some time for things to jell.

“We played well against Clare in the districts, a solid team,” McGuire said. ”We were down by four to Big Rapids (in the  district finals) with four to go and they’re in the quarterfinals right now. We lost to Cadillac by six and they (went to the semifinals). You get injuries you’re not expecting and kids that were sick, then we had the schedule with all the snow days. It was a challenge.”

The Coyotes lose four seniors including Jake Vincent who played probably his best game aginst Big Rapids in the  district finals,” McGuire said. “We lost Ryan Willls, who was our second leading scorer and we lose Ricky Droke, our energy guy, plus Trevor Nelson, who was probably one of our smarter players defensively.”