UNDATED (WTVB) - Last night in high school basketball, Coldwater split with their arch rival Sturgis, Bronson split with Centreville, Quincy stayed a game behind Homer in the Big 8 boys basketball race, and Union City lost in the final seconds at Concord.
At Sturgis High School, Western Michigan-bound quarterback Chance Stewart proved once again to be a force on the hardwood, scoring 22 of his game-high 24 points in the first half while also pulling down 12 rebounds as his Trojans defeated the Cardinals 55-40. What was an 11-11 tie after the first quarter became a 26-18 lead for Sturgis thanks largely to Stewart. Ryan Mock, our McDonald's Player of the Game, almost single-handedly kept the Cardinals in the game late, scoring 12 of his team-high 16 points in the 4th quarter, while teammate Michael Magocs had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Coldwater drops to 3-10 overall, 0-8 in the SMAC East.
In the opener of the girls and boys doubleheader we had on the radio, Coldwater held off Sturgis's second-half comeback effort to defeat the Trojans 45-38 and sweep the season series. The Lady Cards led 24-14 at halftime, but Sturgis cut the lead to 34-30 after 3. Kendall Galloway, our McDonald's Player of the Game, had 14 points along with older sister Kenzie Galloway as Coldwater improves to 7-8 overall, 2-7 in the SMAC East.
At Centreville, Bronson's bid to pick up its first boys basketball win of the season fell 6 points short as the host Bulldogs held off the Vikings 59-53. Chase Carpenter and Noah Roberts shared team-high honors with 10 points apiece for Bronson, who drop to 0-11 overall, 0-3 in the St. Joe Valley.
Earlier in the evening, Bronson's girls team snapped a 3-game losing streak with a 39-22 win against Centreville. Skyler Sobeski had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Lady Vikings improve to 7-5 overall, 3-0 in the St. Joe Valley.
Turning back to boys basketball, Quincy posted a 57-39 win at Athens to keep pace with undefeated Homer in the Big 8 conference standings. Jake Rider had a game high 18 points along with 6 boards, 4 steals, and a couple of assists as the Orioles improve to 11-3 overall, 7-1 in the league.
At Concord, a rebound and putback with just under 7 seconds to play lifted the Yellowjackets to a 61-59 win against Union City; an attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer for the Chargers spun out as time expired. Darren Austin had a team high 21 points while Seth Bruce scored 11 as Union City drops to 6-7 overall, 3-5 in the Big 8.
Today's high school sports schedule features the 4th annual Coldwater "Stick It For A Cure" Gymnastics Invitational as well as state individual wrestling districts. Coldwater competes in the Division 2 District at Vicksburg, while Bronson, Quincy, and Union City are at the Division 4 Constantine District. The top four wrestlers in each weight class move on to next weekend's Individual Regionals.