COLDWATER (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a busy Friday night boys and girls basketball schedule, including the doubleheader we had on the radio as Coldwater dropped their SMAC East games at Gull Lake. In the boys action, the visiting Cardinals lost to Gull Lake 67-44. After a 12-12 first quarter tie, the Blue Devils outscored Coldwater by a total of 38-24 in the middle two periods and then pulled away in the final quarter for the 23-point victory. Luke Beckhusen had a team-high 9 points for the Cardinals while Nate Waterbury added 8 and the two sophomore guards were named our McDonald’s Players of the Game for Coldwater. The Cardinals slip to 1-10 in the conference and 4-12 overall while Gull Lake improved to 8-3 in the division and 10-5 overall.
In the girls game, Gull Lake beat Coldwater 60-40. The Blue Devils were up by only 5 points at halftime 27-22 before winning the third quarter 19-6 to really grab the momentum that paid off with their 15th win of the season. They’re 15-1 overall and 10-1 in the East. The loss dropped the Lady Cardinals to 8-10 and 3-and-9 in conference play. Kenzie Galloway had 14 points while Michaela Gillette added 10 in the defeat and Galloway was our pick for Player of the Game honors for Coldwater.
Elsewhere last night, it was a split for Bronson at home against White Pigeon as the Bronson girls beat the Chiefs 51-29 while White Pigeon held on to win the boys game 61-56. The Lady Vikings jumped out to a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Kinslea Blouin had a game-high 14 points while Liz Baker added 11 points as Bronson improved to 9-6 overall and 4-0 in the St. Joe Valley Conference. In the boys game, the Vikings trailed 19-3 following one quarter of play but fought their way back into contention before coming up a bit short after they scored 29 points in the final period. Eric Toledo led Bronson with 14 points, Chase Carpenter had 13, and Blake Fox 10. The Vikings drop to 1-13.
Union City lost a pair at home to arch-rival Athens. The boys game was a triple overtime affair with the Chargers falling to the Indians 77-71. Jalen Boes had 19 points in the loss with 14 for Darren Austin and 12 for Cody Cable. Lucas Vaccaro had 15 rebounds and 8 points for the Chargers, who slide to 3-7 in the Big 8 and 8-and-10 overall. Athens won the girls contest 37-18 with 5 points for Haley Harty and 10 rebounds for Rachel Wing as Union City dips to 3-9 in the league and 6-and-12 overall.
In a boys only game, Quincy was a winner at Jonesville 48-37. Jake Rider had 15 points and 11 rebounds while Michael Tesch also had a double-double in the victory with 10 points and 12 boards. Nick Haberl added 11 points for the Orioles, who improved to 13-3 and 9-1 in the Big 8.
In another boys game, Tekonsha lost at home to Burr Oak 64-40.
On today’s high school sports schedule, it’s the MHSAA wrestling individual regionals including 13 qualifiers from Branch County. The 3 from Coldwater will compete in Division Two at Mason while seven from Bronson, two from Quincy and one from Union City will wrestle at Climax Scotts. And in gymnastics, Coldwater today is hosting at the new CHS gym the South Central Gymnastics League conference championship meet.