BRONSON, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in girls basketball state tournament doubleheader action we had on the radio last night with the Centreville Class-C District semi-finals, Bronson beat cross county rival Union City 47-to-37 while Quincy’s season came to an end with a 41-to-33 loss to Reading. The two winners advance to tomorrow night’s district title game with the Bronson-Reading matchup tipping off at 7 o’clock.
It was a rough start last night for Bronson as they trailed Union City 13-to-6 at the end of the first quarter. But then the Lady Vikings bounced back, winning the second quarter 14-to-3. Bronson was able to take a 30-to-25 lead into the final period on their way to the 10 point victory. The Lady Vikings had a pair of double double performers with 14 points and 13 rebounds for Mallorie Bassage while Skyler Sobeski added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bassage was our Bronson McDonald’s Player of the Game while for Union City, the honors went to Brooke Johnson, who had a game-high 22 points. The win improved Bronson’s record to 13-and-8 while Union City finishes at 6-and-16. In last night’s opening game, Quincy’s 8-point loss to the Rangers was largely the result of Reading’s surge in the third quarter which they won 11-to-4. That gave them a 33-to-24 lead going into the final period and Quincy was able to only shave a point off that deficit and the defeat ended their season with a 3-and-17 record.
Our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Quincy was Sarah Ward, who had 12 points and 8 rebounds while Katie Santi added 10 points. Our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 of tomorrow night’s district championship battle between Bronson and Reading will begin with our pre-game show at 6:30. The 40th annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club Freshman boy’s basketball tournament will get back on track tonight after last night’s and Tuesday night’s games were postponed because of the heavy snowfall. The need for the makeup contests means tonight’s games will be played at both Coldwater high school and Legg Middle School with the rest of the tournament to be staged Friday and Saturday at the Middle School. The host Coldwater Cardinals will take on Kalamazoo Loy Norrix tonight in a winner’s bracket game at 7:15 at Legg Middle School, where the opening contest is set for 5:30. The other two games at Coldwater high school has the same scheduled starting times.
The regular season in varsity boys basketball wraps up tonight for a trio of Branch County teams. In the Big Eight, Quincy hosts Jonesville while Union City is at Springport. And Bronson has a non-conference game at Sturgis. Also, it’s Tekonsha at Pittsford. Coldwater finished its season last Friday.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City girls basketball coach Jenn Harty.