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Coldwater drops district opener against Battle Creek Central, Quincy advances to district semi-final


BATTLE CREEK, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the 2013 MHSAA boys basketball tournament tipped off last night including a game we had on the radio in which Coldwater’s season came to an end with the Cardinals losing 52-to-24 at Battle Creek Central in the quarterfinals of the Battle Creek Lakeview Class A district. The Bearcats were ahead 22-to-8 at halftime and put the game away in the third quarter which ended with Coldwater trailing 37-to-14. Logan Targgart, Jordan Eddy, and Ryan Hadley had 6 points apiece for the Cardinals with Targgart named our Coldwater McDonald’s Player of the Game.

The Cardinals finished with a 7-and-14 record. The Bearcats advance to take on Holt tomorrow night in the semi-finals after Holt last night eliminated the host Lakeview Spartans 56-to-54. In the other bracket, it’s Jackson High against Mason following a win for Jackson last night over Gull Lake 57-to-39.

Also last night, in the Quincy Class-C district quarterfinals, Quincy advanced with a 71-to-27 victory over Centreville while Union City’s upset bid came up just short as the Chargers lost 62-to-61 to Schoolcraft. That sets the stage for tomorrow night’s semifinals which will include a Branch County matchup with Quincy vs. Bronson in the nightcap of the doubleheader and we’ll have that game on the radio with our coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning at 7 o’clock. In the six o’clock opener, it’s Schoolcraft vs. Reading. We’ll also broadcast Friday night’s 7:30 district championship game. Quincy’s win last night was set up by a 27-to-5 first quarter blitz and by halftime, the Orioles had a 47-to-13 lead. Jimmy King had 15 points and 7 assists for Quincy while Ashton Diotte and Logan Miller added 14 points apiece and Michael Tesch had a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The victory boosted the Oriole’s record to 10-and-11. In Union City’s one point loss, the Chargers led by 14 points early in the second half, which started with Schoolcraft trailing 35-to-26. Union City was still ahead 47-to-39 heading into the fourth quarter before the Eagles rallied for the win. Emmett Fraley had a team-high 25 points for the Chargers with 17 for Brady Johnson. Union City closes out with a 12-and-9 record while Schoolcraft improved to 19-and-2.

Elsewhere last night, at the Litchfield Class D district, Pansophia Academy lost to Litchfield 65-to-32 while at the Jackson Christian Class-D district, Tekonsha beat Marshall Academy 69-to-33. The Indian’s win sends them to the district title game Friday night against Bellevue. March Magic in girl’s high school basketball resumes tonight with the second week of their state tournament and this evening’s Regional semifinals. That includes the Bronson Class-C Regional, where Niles Brandywine takes on Decatur at six o’clock followed by Reading vs. Hartford at 7:30. Reading last Friday beat Bronson in the Centreville District title game.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy girls basketball coach Dana Clark.