COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys and girls SMAC East basketball, in a doubleheader we had on the radio, Coldwater was swept at home by the Gull Lake Blue Devils. The Cardinals dropped the boys game 63-to-48. Gull Lake was ahead 32-to-15 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter when they built their largest lead at 43-to-17 before closing out the 15-point victory.
Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was Ryan Hadley, who finished with 8 points. Jordan Eddy led the Cardinals in scoring with 16 points. Coldwater slips to 7-and-12 overall and 2-and-11 in the East division. The Cardinals return to action next Friday night at home against Sturgis to close out the regular season.
In last night’s girls game, Coldwater lost to Gull Lake 44-to-37. The fourth quarter started with the Lady Cardinals in the lead 29-to-28 but they were doubled up 16-to-8 by the Blue Devils in the final period. Meghan Schorfhaar was our McDonald’s Player of the Game with 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Kenzie Galloway had a game-high 15 points for Coldwater, which slides to 3-and-10 in the East and 5-and-13 overall. The Lady Cardinals have a Branch County matchup next on the schedule hosting Quincy on Monday night and we’ll have that game for you on the radio.
Elsewhere last night in boys and girls hoops, Bronson split at home against Niles-Brandywine. The host Vikings won the boys game 53-to-40. Bronson won every quarter on its way to the 13-point victory. Mark Robinson led the Vikings with 13 points with 12 points apiece for Jake Gallup and Eric Toledo. Gallup made it a double-double with 10 rebounds as Bronson improved to 3-and-14. Brandywine won the girls game 34-to-26 with 5 points each for Kinslea Blouin and Sarah Morgan. The defeat dropped Bronson’s record to 10-and-8.
Last night in boys basketball only, in the Big Eight, Quincy was a winner on the road, beating Athens 34-to-32 with 10 points and 9 rebounds for Michael Tesch along with 10 rebounds for Logan Miller. The Orioles improve to 5-and-6 in the conference and 8-and-9 overall. Also in the Big Eight, Union City lost at home to Homer 68-to-53. The visiting Trojans had a 37-to-31 halftime lead and then put the game away in the third quarter when they outscored the Chargers 14-to-1. Brady Johnson had 20 points for Union City with 14 for Emmett Fraley and 13 for Josh Holton. The Chargers drop to 7-and-4 in league play and 10-and-6 overall. Homer also won the j-v game 53-to-10 with 6 points for Seth Bruce. And in boys and girls basketball at Tekonsha, the Indians split with Burr Oak. The boys game went to Burr Oak 50-to-43 while Tekonsha won the girls contest 52-to-30.
Today in high school sports, 20 wrestlers from Branch County, led by nine from Bronson, will compete in the in the state tournament individual regionals with the top four finishers in each weight division punching their tickets to the Palace for the finals coming up February 28th through March 2nd.