COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in SMAC East boys and girls varsity basketball, Coldwater was swept by Marshall and beginning with the boys game at Marshall that we had on the radio, the host Redhawks beat Coldwater 63-to-49. A tight second quarter that saw both teams score 16 points allowed the Cardinals to stay in touch with Marshall as the Redhawks took a 29-to-24 lead into the break. But Coldwater then fell behind 49-to-37 at the end of the third quarter and Marshall went on to win by 14 to sweep the season series. Ryan Mock, who had 12 points, was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater. Jordan Eddy had a team high 13 points for the Cardinals. Coldwater slips to 7-and-11 overall and 2-and-10 in the division. The Cardinals return to action Friday night at home against Gull Lake.
Last night’s reserve games were both won by Marshall. The Cardinals dropped the j-v contest 58-to-55 contest with 17 points for Nate Waterbury and 16 for Blaze Watson.The Redhawks won the freshman game 34-to-18. Austin Krzeminski had 6 points for Coldwater.
In last night’s girls varsity game in Coldwater, the Lady Cardinals fell to Marshall 53-to-38. The Redhawks pulled away in the second half, which started with Coldwater trailing by just 4 points at 22-to-18. Kenzie Galloway led the Lady Cardinals in scoring with 9 points. Coldwater drops to 3-and-9 in the SMAC East and 5-and-12 overall.
Marshall took the j-v game 47-to-29 with 9 points for Kendall Galloway. Coldwater won the freshman game 29-to-19 with 9 points for Megan Hoath.
Elsewhere last night, in boy’s only action, in the Big Eight, Quincy lost at home to Homer 62-to-44. It was close at halftime with the host Orioles down by just a point at 30-to-29 but then the Trojans sprinted away, winning the third quarter 14-to-1 on their way to an 18 point victory. Nick Haberl and Michael Tesch had 10 points apiece for Quincy, which slides to 4-and-6 in conference play and 7-and-9 overall. And Union City was a winner on the road, beating arch-rival Athens 50-to-27 with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks for Emmett Fraley.
The Chargers improve to 7-and-3 in the Big Eight and 10-and-5 overall. In the j-v game, Union City beat Athens 47-to-31 with 15 points for Jalen Boes and 13 for Colin Kreger. Also last night, Tekonsha lost at home to Battle Creek St. Philip 51-to-36.
Tonight in high school sports, it’s the wrestling state tournament team regionals with Bronson the only Branch County team able to advance out of last Wednesday’s first round action with the Vikings winning the title of the Division Four District they hosted. Tonight, Bronson competes at the Decatur Regional with the seventh-ranked Vikings taking on Niles-Brandywine in the semi-finals with sixth-ranked Constantine vs. Lawton in the other bracket.
The Regional winner moves on to the team state championship weekend at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek beginning with the quarterfinals on Friday February 22nd.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson girls basketball coach Andy Hatt.