COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, the girl’s basketball season for county teams came to an end as Bronson lost a heartbreaker in the Jonesville Class-C State Tournament District Semi-Finals with the host Comets pulling out a 48-to-46 comeback victory over the Lady Vikings.
In the game you heard here on AM 1590 and the new FM 95.5 WTVB, Bronson was ahead 36-to-24 at the start of the fourth quarter but Jonesville rallied with a 23-to-10 scoring edge in the final period to advance with the two point win. Key to the Comet’s rally was their advantage at the charity stripe, where they made 15-of-20 free throws in the second half when the Lady Vikings had no attempts at the line.
Brooke Pyles, the lone senior for the Lady Vikings, had a team-high 13 points and was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Bronson, which also got 12 points from Amberly Bercaw. Bronson finishes with a 5-and-16 record. J
Jonesville, now 14-and-8, moves on to face Hillsdale in tomorrow night’s district title contest after the Hornets rallied in last night’s other semi final game to beat Reading 39-to-32.
Elsewhere last night, in the Tekonsha Class-D District, the host school was eliminated as Hillsdale Academy beat Tekonsha 44-to-26 in the semi-finals.
And at the Pennfield Class-B district, it was Harper Creek, the team that eliminated Coldwater on Monday, earning a berth in the title game with a 48-to-15 victory over Sturgis. The win means the Beavers will take on Three Rivers for the district championship, after the Wildcats beat Pennfield last night 49-to-40.
Turning to boy’s basketball, we’ve got a regular season ending Branch County matchup on the radio tonight as Quincy hosts Union City in a Big Eight Conference encounter. The tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 with our live coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 7 o’clock.
When the boy’s state tournament begins next week, Union City will be the site for a Class-C district which will include Quincy and Bronson.
Also in boy’s hoops, the Coldwater Noon Exchange Club freshman tournament continued last night with second round action. The host Coldwater Cardinals, who won their opener Tuesday night, play Jackson Lumen Christi tonight at 7:15 with the winner advancing to Saturday’s championship game. Last night, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix moved on to the title contest with a 59-to-42 win over Harper Creek. In the consolation bracket game, Parma Western beat Angola 66-to-61. In tonight’s first game at Legg Middle School at 5:30, it’s Sturgis vs. Jackson High.
In high school wrestling, the MHSAA Individual State Finals get underway today at the Palace of Auburn Hills with the action continuing through Saturday. Six wrestlers from Branch County will be competing including 4 from Bronson and one each from Quincy and Union City.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Union City boy’s basketball coach Vern AcMoody.
In middle school sports, in girl’s basketball yesterday, the Coldwater eighth grade “B” team closed out their season with a 16-to-14 victory over Battle Creek Endeavor Academy in the tournament at Marshall. Sammie Pool had 6 points and 4 steals.
In the “A” team tournament in Coldwater, the host Lady Cardinal’s seventh grade team wrapped up their season with a 38-to-13 loss to Battle Creek Lakeview with 4 points each for Megan Lippert, Carly Howell and Brooke Lafferty.