Big Rapids vs. Reed City showdown highlights big night in hoopsBIG RAPIDS — When Big Rapids and Reed City meet on the hardwood, it’s a given that the game is going to be an intense battle. Those battles have been amplified the past two postseasons, as Reed City topped the Cardinals two season ago in the district semifinal before Big Rapids returned the favor last season in capturing a district title over the Coyotes. Reed City coach Dean McGuire knows energy and emotion run high in the rivalry contest, which will make playing with a calm presence on the floor a key for his team in the 7 p.m. contest tonight at Big Rapids High School. “I think regardless of who you play in a district final, your energy level is going to be high,” he said. “Throw in that it’s Big Rapids and that energy is multiplied exponentially. Our focus has to be on staying calm and not being too amped up out of the gate.” McGuire said managing the emotions of his team will be important. The Coyotes led the second contest against Big Rapids earlier this season before the Cardinals ultimately pulled out the 80-71 win. “If Big Rapids gets a big lead early, we need to know that we can’t panic,” he said. “The second time we played them, I thought we got too excited when we took the lead at home. We need to remember to not get too high or too low.” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said when the two teams meet emotions are tough to control, which can lead to a lack of focus on the offensive end of the court. That will make converting when his team gets easy scoring opportunities a huge factor in tonight’s final. “At some point, somebody is going to have to make some points,” he said. “Easy baskets, transition baskets, second-chance baskets because you aren’t going to get a lot of points out of offensive sets.” The Cardinals and Coyotes are two of five local teams competing for district titles tonight.