COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in a boy’s-girl’s varsity basketball doubleheader we had on the radio, Coldwater split at home in SMAC East action against Harper Creek with the host Cardinals winning the boy’s game while the Beavers took the girl’s contest.
The boy’s game saw Coldwater burst out to a 12-to-0 lead to begin the first quarter, which ended with the Cardinals up 12-to-7. Harper Creek rallied to take an 18-to-17 halftime lead. Coldwater pulled ahead 33-to-28 after three quarters and then the Cardinals hung on to win 41-to-38 to even up their record on the season at 1-and-1.
Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was Jordan Eddy, who had a game-high 21 points. Clark Borden added 12 points for the Cardinals. Coldwater returns to action Tuesday night with a cross-county matchup at Quincy.
In last night’s girl’s contest in Coldwater, the visiting Beavers won 42-to-24. The Lady Cardinals started out with a 6-to-2 lead but then Harper Creek went on a 15-to-0 run fueled by an intense half court defense.
By halftime, Coldwater trailed 30-to-11 and the Beavers were on their way to an 18-point victory. Our Player of the Game for Coldwater was Michaela Gillette, who scored six and shared team high point honors with Kellie Pierucki.
The defeat dropped Coldwater’s record to 1-and-1 and they return to action Tuesday night with a Branch County matchup at Bronson.
Elsewhere last night, in boy’s and girl’s hoops, Bronson played at home against White Pigeon. The visiting Chiefs won the boy’s contest in overtime 37-to-35 while Bronson dominated the girl’s game, winning 63-to-22. The boy’s contest was tied at 33-all at the end of regulation play. Daniel McMichael had 9 points for Bronson, which slipped to 0-and-2. The Lady Vikings were in control all the way against the Chiefs, going up 29-to-9 at halftime. Kylei Ratkowski had a game high 15 points for Bronson with their record improving to 3-and-1.
Also last night in girl’s hoops, Quincy lost a Big Eight game at Springport 62-to-24. Katie Santi shared game-high scoring honors with 15 points as the Lady Oriole’s record dipped to 0-and-3. Also in the Big Eight, Union City was a winner at home over Jonesville 49-to-37. Jonesville was ahead 25-to-24 at the break but the Lady Chargers sealed the victory by outscoring the Comets 12-to-4 in the fourth quarter.
Brooke Johnson had 14 points, Rachel Sutherland 11, and Brittany Keller 10 for Union City, which improved to 1-and-2. Also last night in girl’s basketball, Tekonsha was a winner at North Adams-Jerome 41-to-36. Tekonsha’s record is now 3-and-1.
On today’s high school sports schedule, it’s all about wrestling with Coldwater competing in a dual meet at Brooklyn Columbia Central. Also, Quincy and Union City are at the Sturgis Invitational while Bronson will be in a quad meet at the Grandville Challenge.