REED CITY — The Pioneers of Clare faced off against the Reed City Coyotes on Feb. 5 in non-conference girls basketball action.

The Coyotes fell to the Pioneers 40-31 in a physical matchup.

“I thought we played really hard,” head coach Brian Koopman said. “We were scrappy and got after it. I thought we were aggressive on offense, we had looks but just didn’t make it. We had looks but they just didn’t fall. We were looking to shoot more as well.”

Both teams found tough sledding against the opposing defense. The Pioneers took a 24-16 lead into halftime.

Reed City’s offense struggled to get going early in the second half. The Coyotes were aggressive offensively but the shots would not fall. The Pioneers led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before a Jayna Kailing basket made it a 30-18 game with four minutes left in the third.

Reed City and Clare found themselves in foul trouble in the fourth quarter, with most of the quarter’s points coming from the charity stripe. Reed City used a 10-4 run in the fourth to trim Clare’s lead to seven but couldn’t get closer than that.

Taylor Harrison had 15 points and Kailing had 12. The Coyotes were 7 of 15 from the free throw line and the Pioneers were 12 of 30.“We just shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers,” Koopman said. “We just need to stay aggressive and take care of the ball more. Overall, I think this is one of the better games we’ve played. We’re just hoping to get better and get healthy.”