Reed City sophomore playing key role for Coyotes

REED CITY — It’s a young Reed City boys basketball team this season and Cody Kailing is trying to contribute as much to the attack as possible.

The Coyote sophomore is on the varsity for his first year. He was brought up for some varsity games last season.

Reed City entered the holiday break with an 0-3 start.

“We’ve been turning the ball over a little too much,” Kailing said  “We have to box out more. We’ve been playing some good defense, which I think will help us out in the long run.”

He indicated he’s been able to make the transition to the varsity so far.

“I think I’m getting there,” Kailing said. “I still have a lot of room to progress.”

Kailing’s role has been a little bit of everything.

“I play point guard, center, shooting guard, I play everything,” he said. “I’ve played in those positions before and know what I’m doing.”

As a player, “I shoot the ball pretty well and pass the ball pretty well,” Kailing said.

The Coyotes last played on Dec. 16, and were in the gym during the break to get ready for the January portion of the schedule.

“We’ve been doing a lot of running,” Kailing said. “We’re getting our (team) chemistry better.”

Hustle and effort are among this team’s strengths, Kailing indicated. But areas of needed improvement include cutting down on turnovers and increasing the rebounding, he said.

Reed City resumes action at home on Friday against Grant in Central State Activities Association Gold Division play.