COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in a boys basketball game we had on the radio, Coldwater was able to hang on for a non-conference win on the road, beating Jackson Northwest 60-to-56. The victorious Cardinals had their largest lead of the night early in the third quarter at 41-to-30. The host Mounties cut the deficit to four points as Coldwater took a 51-to-47 edge into the fourth quarter when both teams scored 9 points and the Cardinals were able to improve their record to 7-and-9.
Northwest continues to struggle with a 1-and-13 mark. The outcome was decided at the charity stripe where Coldwater converted on 21-of-27 free throws while the Mounties were 6-for-12 from the line. Jordan Eddy led the Cardinals last night with 15 points while our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was Nick Waterbury, who finished with 9 points.
Coldwater returns to conference play Friday night with a SMAC East game at Battle Creek Lakeview.
The Cardinals made it a sweep last night winning both of the reserve games. Coldwater took the j-v contest 57-to-52 with 13 points for Zach DeMeester and 12 for Michael Magocs. The Cardinals beat the Mounties 46-to-18 in the freshman game with 13 points for Austin Krzeminski while Brendan Spangler added 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Turning to girls basketball, Quincy suffered a 50-to-18 loss at home to Athens. The Big Eight Conference setback leaves Quincy with a 1-and-10 league mark and a 2-and-12 overall record. Also in the Big Eight, Union City lost 37-to-31 at Homer with a game-high 15 points for Brooke Johnson and ten points for Katie Burch. The defeat drops their record to 3-and-12 overall and 2-and-9 in conference play.
And in non-conference girls action, Bronson fell at home to Sturgis 42-to-32. Skyler Sobeski and Mallorie Bassage had six points apiece in the loss with Sobeski also pulling down 8 rebounds. It was a 17-17 tie at halftime and the visiting Trojans then took a 3 point lead into the fourth quarter when they doubled up the Lady Vikings 14-to-7. Bronson’s record slips to 10-and-6. In the j-v game, Bronson beat Sturgis 39-to-28. Makayla Sikorski had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Alexa Ratkowski had ten points and 5 steals and Jackie Rangel added 11 rebounds.
On tonight’s high school schedule, the second season starts in wrestling with the state tournament team districts. In Division Two, it’s Coldwater at the Marshall District with the Cardinals taking on the host Redhawks in the semi-finals while in the other draw, it’s Harper Creek vs. Parma Western. And in Division Four, at the Bronson District, it’s a bye for the host Vikings in the semi-finals while they await the winner of the match between Union City and Athens. Quincy competes at the Homer District with the Orioles taking on Springport in the semi-finals with the other match between Homer and Concord. The individual districts statewide are coming up on Saturday.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson boys basketball coach Dennis Gest