Kailing enjoys strong season

Cody Kailing
Cody Kailing

REED CITY — Cody Kailing played a huge role in a turnaround for Reed City’s boys basketball program this season in which the Coyotes went from 4-17 a year ago to 12-9.

But it was a disappointing ending with a 60-53 loss to Kalkaska in the Class B district first-round on Monday.

Kalkaska used an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter and wipe away a Reed City lead to take control of the game.

“Turnovers came back to get us,” Kailing said. “They killed us on the offensive boards. Coming into halftime, we were feeling good. They’re a good team. They executed in the second half and we didn’t.”

It was also Kailing’s second varsity season.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “We’re not perfect but we had a couple of key wins to make us feel good. I was more of an all-around player. I got more rebounds and assists.

“We’re losing three seniors with one setter. We have players coming from JVs who will step up and take some roles.”