UNION CITY, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in a cross county boys basketball matchup we had on the radio, Coldwater pulled out a 36-to-33 win at Union City. Shooting from the field by both teams was about as cold as the conditions outside with the visiting Cardinals connecting at a 29.5% pace while the Chargers were only a bit better at 31%.
The difference turned out to be Coldwater was able to get to the free throw line for 22 chances even though they converted just 10 of those opportunities from the charity stripe while Union City was 0-for-3 from the line. The Cardinals led 19-to-17 at the break and were up 25-to-22 heading into the fourth quarter when both teams scored 11 points.
Luke Stempien was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Eddy added 10 points for the Cardinals, who improved their record to 6-and-6. For Union City, Player of the Game honors went to Emmett Fraley, who joined Stempien in posting a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. The defeat dropped the Charger’s record to 7-and-3. The Cardinals return to action Friday night with a SMAC East game at Harper Creek while Union City plays at home Friday in a Big Eight contest against Branch County rival Quincy.
In last night’s j-v game, Coldwater beat Union City 56-to-16 with 15 points for Nate Waterbury and 10 for Michael Magocs. There was no freshman game.
In another Branch County boy’s hoops matchup last night, Quincy was a winner at Bronson 61-to-50. The visiting Orioles had a strong first half, which ended with Quincy in the lead 29-to-16. The Vikings trimmed the deficit to five points after three quarters but Quincy had a 22-to-19 edge in the final period to post the 11 point victory. Ashton Diotte had a game-high 16 points for the Orioles with 13 for Jimmy King as Quincy improved to 6-and-5. Bronson, which slipped to 2-and-10, got 9 points apiece from Mark Robinson and Robert O’Rourke while Robinson also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Tekonsha lost at home last night to Hillsdale Academy 78-to-42.
Turning to girl’s basketball, Quincy lost at home to Springport 53-to-29 with 8 point for Katie Santi. Quincy slides to 1-and-7 in the Big Eight and 2-and-9 overall. Union City was a 38-to-31 winner at Jonesville with a game high 17 points for Brooke Johnson. The Lady Chargers snapped their six-game losing streak to improve to 3-and-9 overall and 2-and-6 in the Big Eight. And in a non-conference game in Indiana, Bronson fell at Prairie Heights 57-to-44. The Lady Vikings led 25-to-22 at halftime but Prairie Heights ruled the rest of the way and for the game, shot 57% from the field compared to 39% for Bronson. Mallorie Bassage led the Lady Vikings with 17 points while Skyler Sobeski had 14. Bronson slips to 8-and-5.
In the j-v game, Bronson beat Prairie Heights 20-to-17 with 11 points for Makayla Sikorski.
On tonight’s high school schedule, there’s wrestling with Coldwater at home against Sturgis, Quincy hosts Reading, Union City hosts Jonesville, and Bronson is on the road at Battle Creek Central for a double dual with the host Bearcats and Battle Creek Lakeview.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson wrestling Coach Al Sosinski. And congratulations to the members of the 2013 class of the Coldwater High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Nick Longstreet, Sara Sickels and Jay Billsborrow, along with at-large inductee coach Roger Fuller, will be honored on Friday February First between games of the varsity girls-boys basketball doubleheader between Coldwater and Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.