Ty's the guy for Reed City's basketball offense

Kailing finding the shooting touch in recent games

Ty Kailing



John Raffel

REED CITY – Ty Kailing’s hot shooting touch could not have come at a better time for Reed City’s boys basketball team.

Kailing 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 on Friday. 

Kailing had 20 points in a 57-50 loss to Ithaca in the title game on Saturday.

“I’m glad he could get going,” Reed City coach Brennan Walsh said after Friday’s win. “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.”

This marks Kailing’s third year on the varsity.

“Last year, it went pretty well,” he said. “We adapted to a new coach. We had a pretty successful season. We should have won a couple of games we lost at the end. But I thought it went pretty well.”

Walsh replaced Steve Ernst this season for the third coach the Coyotes have had in three years.

“It will be a new adjustment,” Kailing said. “But I think we’ll adapt better to this and we’ll get to play more guys, which will help. We’ll be together as a team.”

Injuries have hampered the Coyotes who have lost Seth Jackson and Spencer Hanson for the season. They’re hoping to get Max Hammond back very soon.

As for his style, “last year was hide in the corner and shoot a three,” Kailing said. “This year, we’re looking to attack the basket more. This year (his role) is probably going to have to be getting inside more.”

Kailing pointed to his best shot as being in the paint, turnaround jumpers.

The Coyotes are off to a 4-2 start. They were slated to play at Ludington on Tuesday and be at Chippewa Hills on Friday.

“Once we all get healthy, I think we’re going to be pretty good,” Kailing said.

He’s also in cross country and on the golf team, but Kailing said basketball is his favorite sport.