REED CITY - Reed City's boys basketball team is looking for better fortunes as the Coyotes start preparing for the January portion of their schedule. The Coyotes, like other area teams, were busy with holiday practice last week to resume action this week. Reed City, 0-4, had a home non-league game against Clare on Tuesday. "We gave them the week of Christmas off and we came back and have practiced all this week," Coyote coach Jesse Kailing said on Thursday. "We've been making some progress getting the season started. We started off the season slow, playing against some tough competition. We really took some lumps." The last three games have been on the road against powerhouse teams like Alma, Grant and Dearborn Advanced Tech Academy. "We're looking to try to improve and have done that over the break," Kailing said. "We've gotten better defensively. Hopefully that turns into some offense." The Coyotes played a Clare team, which is 3-1. "Clare is always good," Kailing said. "They're also good this year. Their only loss was to Shepherd, who I know is a big team. Clare is big and plays a 2-3 zone. They also press a little bit. We'll prepare for that. I haven't looked too much into them yet. I've been working on us." Five of Reed City's next six games are at home, starting with Clare and continuing with CSAA Gold foes Tri County on Friday and Chippewa Hills on Jan. 14. "We have to increase the intensity and hustle in our game," senior Jason Thomas said. "We have to be motivated to get the rebounds and loose balls." "It will take effort, playing sound good defense, which will translate into good offense," senior Jeffrey Samuels said.