REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team saw a glimmer of hope for their first win of the season dashed in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals rallied to a 51-43 win on Friday.

Reed City held a 34-32 lead at the end of three quarters after a late push in the final minutes of the quarter put the host team on top.

“(Our energy) was a lot higher,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We came out and played hard, I think the kids were focused and we did a good job once we settled down.”

The Cardinals took control of the game in the fourth, riding the shooting of sophomore Alexis Lyman to their 10th conference win of the season.

“We came out strong and hit some big-time shots early,” Big Rapids caoch Jessica Haist said. “Then we just kinda let ourselves get lulled into the game. Then we were able to get back into the kind of game that got us here.”

Lyman finished the game with a team-high 21 points and sophomore guard Aliza Hengesbach scored nine points.

Reed City freshman forward/center Emily Libey led the Coyotes with 16 points and Megan Donley scored 10 points. The Coyotes were without their top scorer in Hannah Price as the junior point guard was sidelined with a concussion she received against Grant.

“Our energy has been getting better these last few games,” Koopman said. “The effort was there in the hard work and their rebounding. I thought defensively we were good, we just gotta hit some more free throws. I’m hoping we can carry some momentum into next Tuesday.”

The Coyotes fall to 0-17 and are at Chippewa Hills on Tuesday.

Big Rapids moves to 10-7 and remains undefeated in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division with a 10-0 mark.

“It’s a big rival game,” Haist said. “When you come up to this gym you know that anything can happen. Props to Reed City, they were ready to play.”