Kailing's shooting touch sparks Reed City to Friday night win

Coyotes defeat Holton in semifinals of holiday tournament

REED CITY – Ty Kailing found the shooting touch at the right time on Friday.

The Reed City senior scored 16 points in the first half and nine in the second for 25 points and led the Coyotes to a 56-23 romp over Holton’s boys basketball team in a semifinal game of the RC Holiday Tournament.

The Coyotes fired out to a 16-8 lead after the first quarter and, fueled by two Zach Erickson 3-pointers in the second, took a 32-14 advantage midway in the period. Kailing then hit three straight baskets, including two off of backcourt steals, and led his team to a 38-14 halftime lead.

“I’m glad he could get going,” Reed City coach Brennan Walsh said. “Offensively, he hasn’t really found his rhythm until tonight. He’s a big part of our offense. If he gets things going, that will make things a lot easier on the rest of the guys.”

Reed City led 48-16 after the third quarter. Tyler Woodside scored four points in the fourth to keep the Coyotes in command. He wound up with six points. Erickson had eight.

It’s a career high for Kailing.

“I finally got my shot going,” he said. “I’ve been struggling the last few games. I finally found my rhythm. It’s probably the 3-point shot.”

“The key was running for sure, and forcing turnovers,” senior Xavier Allen said. “Ty did a great job with steals. We got points off of turnovers.”

Walsh and the Coyotes have been dealing with early-season injuries.

“We’re waiting for Max (Hammond) to come back and Max is a big piece of everything we’re doing,” Walsh said. “I think by the end of next week, we’ll have him out on the court.”

Walsh expected a tough game from Ithaca in the Saturday title game. (See related story)

“They have good size,” he said. “They run a 1-3-1 halfcourt trap and put a lot of pressure on the ball in the passing lane. We will have to play real well to win.”

“That should be a good game,” Kailing said. “We finally got one of our guys back (Zach Erickson).”