COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in a girls basketball cross county matchup we brought you on the radio, Coldwater pulled out a win at home over Union City 40-to-36. The host Lady Cardinals were up 20-to-15 at halftime and took a 6 point lead into the fourth quarter on the way to their fourth win in 11 games this season.
Jordan Shiery led the way with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks and was our Coldwater McDonald’s Player of the Game while Meghan Schorfhaar and Kenzie Galloway added 10 points apiece with 7 boards and 3 blocks for Galloway. For Union City, our McDonald’s Player of the Game was Marissa Mead, who had 9 points. Brittany Keller had a team-high 11 points for the Lady Chargers, who slip to 2-and-8. Union City’s next game is tomorrow night at Springport while the Lady Cardinals return to action Friday at Sturgis.
In last night’s j-v game, Coldwater beat Union City 51-to-16 with ten points for Kendall Galloway. And in freshman play, Coldwater got by Parchment in overtime 25-to-23 with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assists for Megan Hoath.
Turning to boy’s basketball, in the Big 8, Quincy fell at home to Concord 56-to-44. The host Orioles trailed at the break 27-to-23 and were down 38-to-33 heading into the final period when the Yellowjackets made it a double digit victory. Jimmy King led Quincy with 12 points while Nick Haberl had 10 rebounds to go along with his 4 points. The Orioles slip to 4-and-5 overall and 2-and-2 in the conference. Also in the Big 8, Union City made it six straight wins with the Chargers prevailing on the road in a 48-to-38 victory over Reading.
Emmett Fraley had his second career double double in the win with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 blocks. Union City is now 4-and-0 in the league and 7-and-1 overall. In the j-v action,
Union City lost to Reading 54-to-27 with 5 points apiece for Jalen Boes, Seth Bruce, and Caleb Stickney, who also had 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Bronson suffered a 65-to-62 non-conference loss last night at Cassopolis. The visiting Vikings were down 35-to-25 at halftime and still trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter when they outscored the Rangers 22-to-15 but it wasn’t enough to prevent their record from dipping to 2-and-9. Jake Gallup had 15 points and 9 rebounds for Bronson while Mark Robinson and Robert O’Rourke had 13 points apiece. And Tekonsha lost at North Adams-Jerome 56-to-38 with 16 points for Jared Coney. The visiting Indians were outscored 19-to-4 in the fourth quarter.
And last night in gymnastics, Coldwater dropped its conference meet at home to Saline 131.7-to-124.95 but despite the defeat, the Lady Cardinal’s point total was enough to give the team their required fourth qualifying score and earns them a trip to the Regionals the first weekend in March. Coldwater opened the evening with their highest team score to date on the vault and Kylie Dudek was 1st with a 9.35 pacing the Lady Cardinals in their collection of seven individual qualifying scores. On the uneven bars, Dudek earned the sole qualifying score for Coldwater at 9.25, good enough for another first place medal.
The Lady Cards struggled on the balance beam, only collecting 2 stuck routines and 2 qualifiers. It came down to the last event in order for the team to clinch the Regional berth and they showed their merit on the floor exercise, posting their highest score of the season. Dudek and Amanda Daoud both earned individual regional qualifying scores with Dudek taking first place. For the all-around, Dudek finished on top at 36.9, her second highest of the season. Daoud earned 4th place for her efforts with a season best of 30.8. Jenny Daoud placed 6th with 28.6. The outcome left Coldwater with a 1-and-3 conference record.