REED CITY — The Reed City girls basketball team fell 62-45 to the visiting unbeaten Central Montcalm Hornets Friday night at Reed City High School.

The Coyotes were led by Emily Libey with 12 points and Kamryn Myers added 11.

Kiara Wernette led all scorers with 23 points for Central Montcalm.

The Coyotes were down by as many as 11 in the first half after a Bailey Vissman 3-pointer put the Hornets up 29-18. Central Montcalm took a 29-20 lead into halftime.

The Hornets’ lead grew to 17 midway through the third before the Coyotes began to claw their way back. Kamryn Myers keyed an 11-2 Reed City run — seven of which came from Myers — to cut Central Montcalm’s lead to eight points (43-35) after three quarters.

An Alison Duddles basket to start the fourth cut Central Montcalm’s lead to six points and the Coyotes looked prime for a comeback. But the Hornets responded with a 13-3 run to go up 56-40 and put the game out of reach.

After a tough week in which the Coyotes (9-2, 5-2) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten and are now two games out of first place in the CSAA Gold, Reed City looks to regroup as the second half of the conference season gets underway.

“I was hoping to come out of this week with two wins or at least to split,” Koopman said. “Obviously we didn’t, but these are games we can learn from. There were little things that added up in this game.

“We have to make smarter decisions defensively and offensively. It’s still early; We have games left. I’m happy with where we are, we just have to get better.”

Reed City faces Tri County at 6 p.m. Friday at Tri County.

Reed City 62, Central Montcalm 54

REED CITY — The Coyotes led the Hornets at 29-17 on their way to a home win.

Cody Kailing led the Coyotes with 16 points and Karsten Koopman scored 11 while Zac Saez added eight.

Reed City led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter before the Hornets began chipping away at the lead.

The Hornets were able to get it to single digits before the Coyotes made enough plays to seal the win.

Reed City (6-3,5-2) hosts Pine River on Tuesday.