Kailing providing Coyotes steady court production

Cody Kailing (21) boxes out against Chippewa Hills. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City has a big home showdown with Big Rapids on Tuesday in boys basketball action, and Cody Kailing is among the Coyotes anxious to get that coveted win against an archrival.

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 Tri County and Chippewa Hills last week. 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,” he 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, “we’ll be ready for them,” Kailing said. “We have to keep our composure, cut down on turnovers and have good rebounding.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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