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Coldwater boys lose, but girls beat Battle Creek Central to open high school basketball season


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB)In Branch County high school sports, it was a busy night of basketball, including season opening games in boy’s and girl’s hoops for Coldwater with the Cardinals taking on Battle Creek Central. In the boy’s action in Battle Creek, which we had on the radio, the host Bearcats beat Coldwater 58-to-26. The Cardinals were down just 18-to-12 midway through the second quarter when Central went on a 16-to-3 run to end the half and then the Bearcats really put the contest out of reach by blanking Coldwater 9-to-0 in the third quarter. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game honors for the Cardinals went to a pair of back up guards, Brady Duke and Scout Case. Duke led Coldwater in scoring with 9 points, all coming in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals return to action Friday night with their home opener against  Harper Creek.

 In last night’s reserve games, the Bearcats made it a sweep over the Cardinals. Central won the j-v contest 70-to-40. Michael Magocs had 9 points for Coldwater. And the Cardinals dropped the freshman game 43-to-30. Brendan Spangler and Brandon Lewis each had 8 points and 9 rebounds for Coldwater.

In girl’s basketball, the Lady Cardinals won their opener at home over Battle Creek Central 51-to-45. Coldwater trailed 16-to-9 at the end of the opening period but rallied to go up 31-to-23 at halftime. The Bearcats finished the game on a 13-to-4 run to cut a 15-point deficit to the final spread of six points. Kenzie Galloway led Coldwater with 17 points and 8 rebounds while Kait Vella had 16 points with 4 triples, all in the first half, including 13 in the second quarter. Jordan Shiery had a team-high 9 rebounds and Vella and Meghan Schorfhaar had 4 assists apiece.  The Lady Cardinals will play again on Friday at home against Harper Creek and we’ll have both ends of the boys-girls doubleheader on the radio.

In last night’s reserve games with Battle Creek Central, it was a sweep for Coldwater, winning the j-v contest 48-to-26 while taking the freshman game 38-to-12.

Elsewhere last night, in boy’s basketball season openers, Bronson lost 55-to-18 at Homer. Jacob Gallup had 9 points for the visiting Vikings. And Union City rallied for a 43-to-36 win at Colon. The Chargers were down 22-to-14 at halftime before mounting their comeback. Emmet Fraley had a big night for Union City with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Colon won the j-v game 45-to-39. Jalen Boes, Caleb Stickney, Colin Kreger and Kenyon Stuchell had 8 points apiece for Union City. And Tekonsha was a winner at home over Marshall Academy 36-to-22. Jared Coney had 12 points while Saby Ghotra had 8 points and 9 rebounds for the Indians. And the Tekonsha girls also picked up a victory over Marshall Academy 46-to-19 with 27 points for McKinzie Norman and 13 points for Katie Jenkins. The Tekonsha girls are now 2-and-1.


On tonight’s high school schedule, the wrestling season opens for Branch County teams with Coldwater at Tecumseh while Bronson has a quad meet at Brandywine and in a pair of Big Eight matches, it’s Quincy at Concord and Union City hosts Homer. Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson wrestling coach Al Sosinski.