REED CITY — It was a district championship season for the Reed City Coyotes, and the best part for junior Andre Jones is he gets to return for a shot at another boys basketball title next winter.

Jones played a key role for the Coyotes in a regular season that ended at 12-8 and a postseason that included a district title.

The season ended 53-50 in a loss to Cadillac at the regional last week,

It’s a team Reed City lost to 52-38 in the season opener.

“That was the first game of the season and we were banged up a little bit, Jones said, noting that he and other players were on the football team until mid-November and started basketball practices late.

For the regular season, “I didn’t think we came out the way we wanted to,” Jones said. “With postseason we have to play to our potential. If we do, we can be pretty darn good.”

He proved to be right with the Coyotes defeating Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills for their first district crowns since 1993.

The Coyotes were able to end the regular season with good momentum.

“We always try to be on the right path,” Jones said. “Coach says keep an open mind and try to play hard no matter who you’re going against.”

Jones had various high-scoring games for Reed City.

“I think I’ve been playing pretty good,” he said prior to districts. “I’ve been in a slump for a little bit. Then I got my confidence back. I think I’ll be doing pretty good (for postseason).”

The key in snapping out of a slump, Jones said, is “clearing everything off my mind when it comes to practice and try to focus on things outside of practice.”

When it comes to shooting, Jones’ outside shooting has been strong, but “I can drive when I want to.”

The best highlight this season, along with the district win over Big Rapids “was working together as a team and trying to get wins.”

Beating arch-rivals Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids was an enjoyable way for Jones and his teammates to open the second week of March. The key entering that week, he said, would be to “outwork the opponent. Chip is good. We won the first game by eight, the next one we won by three. Then next game, we’ll try to play to our potential and get a win.”

The Coyotes played to their potential for a memorable district.