REED CITY — Reed City had a big home showdown with Big Rapids last week in boys basketball action, and Cody Kailing was among the Coyotes anxious to get that coveted win against an arch rival.

Big Rapids prevailed but Reed City will get another shot at the Cards in BR later this season.

Kailing is in his second varsity season.

“Cody is becoming more of an all-around player,” Reed City coach JJ Eads said coming off the holiday break. “His scoring is a bit down from last year but he will be fine.”

The Coyotes came off the holiday break with a 3-1 record but lost to Grant.

“It was Christmas break and we were sloppy,” Kailing said. “We got down by 20 and couldn’t get back into it. But now we’re back on track and I think we’ll be all right.”

The Coyotes defeated Kailing continues to be a key player.

“I say his basketball IQ may be the strongest part of his game,” Eads said. “He’s played a lot of hoops outside of the season. Cody is working to be a better defensive player. I think he can become one of our leaders and help us have a successful season.”’

“I try to score, I try to rebound and I try to pass,” Kailing said. “(Against Tri County) I hit all categories. The biggest thing is maturity for the team. We had 11 out of 13 score.”

For rivals like Chippewa Hills, who the Warriors beat 54-32, and Big Rapids, in upcoming rematches “we’ll be ready for them,” Kailing said. “We have to keep our composure, cut down on turnovers and have good rebounding.”