HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Harper Creek used a 31-5 third quarter to turn a close game with the Coldwater Cardinals into a blowout, as the Beavers prevailed 71-49. The Cards took a 29-26 halftime lead into the locker room, but the third quarter belonged to the Beavers, as Josh Bass scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in that stanza. Grant Maurer, our McDonald's Player of the Game, led Coldwater with 12 points, while Clark Borden and Logan Targgart each had 7. The Cardinals drop to 6-7 overall, 2-6 in the SMAC East, as they get ready to host league-leading Battle Creek Central on Tuesday.
Bronson was an ice-cold 17.6% in field goal shooting as they lost at White Pigeon 46-31. Chase Carpenter had 11 points to pace the Vikings, who fall to 2-11 overall, 1-3 in the St. Joe Valley.
Union City held off a late Quincy rally to beat the Orioles 52-47 at the McNett Fieldhouse. For the Chargers, who improve to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 8, Brady Johnson had 14 points and Darren Austin 11, while Emmett Fraley and Nick Austin had 9 apiece. Fraley also had a team-high 15 rebonds. Jimmy King led Quincy with 14 points, while Logan Miller had 11; the Orioles slip to 6-6 overall, 3-3 in the Big 8.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Harper Creek outscored Coldwater 20-10 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 44-26 win against the visiting Cardinals. Kenzie Galloway had a game-high 10 points for Coldwater, who fall to 4-9 overall, 2-6 in the SMAC East,
Bronson outscored White Pigeon 21-8 in the first half to propel the Vikings to a 45-33 road win against the Chiefs. Skyler Sobeski had a team-high 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Kassidy Bystry had 8 as Bronson improves to 9-5 overall, 3-1 in the St. Joe Valley.
On today’s schedule, in wrestling, Coldwater, Bronson, and Union City travel to Battle Creek Central for the Bill Evans Memorial Tournament, while Quincy is at the Niles Brandywine Super Six Tournament. In gymnastics, Coldwater’s varsity team travels to the Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills Invitation, while the Cardinal JVs are at the St. Johns Invitational.