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Coldwater loses, Union City And Tekonsha win as the girls basketball state tournament begins

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COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the 2013 MHSAA girl’s basketball tournament tipped off last night and included a season ending loss for Coldwater and a first round victory for Union City. In a Class-A district game we had on the radio, Coldwater went down to defeat at Mason 40-to-31. The visiting Lady Cardinals fell behind early, trailing 16-to-4 at the end of the first quarter. But Coldwater cut the deficit to 7 points by halftime with the Bulldogs ahead at the break 24-to-17. They took a 30-to-25 lead into the final period when Coldwater twice pulled to within a point of tying the game but the Bulldog’s 9-for-13 shooting from the free throw line in the fourth quarter sealed the victory for Mason. Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater was junior guard Kait Vella, who had a team-high 8 points along with 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Kenzie Galloway and Jordan Shiery had 7 points apiece while Shiery also added 11 rebounds. Coldwater finishes with a 7-and-14 record while Mason moves on to the semi-finals tomorrow to face Battle Creek Central, which is hosting the district.

At the Centreville Class-C district, in last night’s first round action, Union City beat Centreville 35-31. Brooke Johnson had a game high 15 points in the victory. Union City, which improved to 6-and-15, advances to face Bronson, which drew a first round bye. In the other bracket, Reading last night eliminated Schoolcraft 34-to-30. That sets up tomorrow night’s semi-finals with Quincy vs. Reading in the six o’clock opener followed by the Bronson-Union City matchup scheduled for 7:30. We’ll have both games on the radio and also stream the audio on-line at wtvbam.com. Our continuing live coverage of March Magic, the February version for now, on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 begins around 5:30 following the Wednesday Evening Journal.

Last night at the Jackson Christian Class-D District, Tekonsha was a winner over Marshall Academy 34-to-24. The victory sends the Indians to Friday night’s title game to face Bellevue, which last night took out Jackson Christian 38-to-19.

The weeklong 40th annual Al Clyne Coldwater Noon Exchange Club Freshman boys basketball tournament got underway last night at Legg Middle School with a pair of games including the host Coldwater Cardinals scoring a  40-to-34 victory over Prairie Heights. Austin Krzeminski had a game-high 16 points for the Cardinals while Brendan Spangler added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Coldwater’s next game will be tomorrow night at 7:15 against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, which last night defeated Angola 55-to-41. Tonight’s two first round games are Sturgis vs. Jackson Lumen Christi at 5:30 followed by Pennfield vs. Jackson High. The tournament wraps up with 4 games on Saturday with the championship contest set for 7:15 p.m. The varsity boy’s basketball regular season wraps up this week.

Tonight’s schedule includes Bronson at home against Colon while Union City is at Mendon. Coldwater, which finished its season last Friday, begins post season action on Monday in the Battle Creek Lakeview Class-A district with the Cardinals playing at Battle Creek Central.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy boys basketball coach Scott Rodesiler.

In middle school sports yesterday, in girl’s basketball, Coldwater dropped 3 out of 4 games in season ending second round tournament play. In the “A” team event at Harper Creek, the Coldwater eighth grade squad lost to Battle Creek Lakeview 33-to-16 with 9 points and 7 steals for Megan Lippert. Coldwater won the seventh grade game 41-to-16 over Mar-Lee with 11 points for Isabella Foley. In the “B” team tournament at Gull Lake, in the 8th grade loss, Sierra Wolfcale and Katie Kanouse had 4 points apiece for Coldwater. In the seventh grade game, Coldwater lost 17-to-12 with 5 points each for Faith Scott and Nadia Kiersey.  

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