UNDATED (WTVB) - All four of Branch County's boys basketball teams went down to defeat Friday night, while the girls wrapped up their regular season.
At Coldwater High School, the host Cardinals got to see firsthand how Battle Creek Central was able to claim its second straight SMAC East title. The Bearcats used their relentless defense and a deep bench to lead wire-to-wire in their 62-34 win to improve to 17-2 overall, 13-0 in the division. Michael Magocs, our McDonald's Player of the Game, had 8 points to lead the Cardinals, who drop to 1-12 in the SMAC East, 4-14 overall.
Bronson lost at Mendon 64-39 to drop to 0-6 in the St. Joe Valley, 1-15 overall. Sean Kenny had 12 points to pace the Vikings.
Homer is in sole possession of first place in the Big 8 following their 65-46 win against visiting Quincy. Alex White had a game-high 25 points to help the Trojans sweep the season series from the Orioles. Jake Rider led Quincy with 9 points, while Michael Tesch had 8 points and 13 rebounds; they drop to 10-2 in the Big 8, 14-4 overall.
Union City fell at Jonesville 57-33. Darren Austin had 9 points to lead the Chargers, who drop to 3-9 in the Big 8, 6-11 overall.
Tekonsha picked up their third win of the season with a 61-51 triumph against visiting Jackson Christian. Jeremy Scherer had a double-double with 22 points and 12 boards to lead the Indians, who are now 3-15.
In girls basketball, Coldwater closed out its regular season with an emotional 66-59 Senior Night win against Battle Creek Central. Kenzie Galloway tied her own school single-game scoring record with 31 points; that record, incidentally, was set on January 17th at Battle Creek Central. She also posted a double-double by picking up 12 rebounds. Fellow senior Meghan Schorfhaar had 12 points as our McDonald's Player of the Game honors went to the Lady Cardinals' five seniors: Galloway, Schorfhaar, Andrea Sowles, Kellie Pierucki, and Jordan Shiery, who played their final game on their home court. Coldwater ends its regular season at 4-10 in the SMAC East and 9-11 overall; they open up Class B District play Wednesday at Sturgis against either Three Rivers or Edwardsburg.
Mendon defeated visiting Bronson 50-34 to claim the final St. Joe Valley girls basketball title. The Vikings, who were swept by the Hornets in the season series, were led by Skyler Sobeski's 11 points. They close out the regular season 4-2 in the St. Joe Valley, 10-8 overall; Monday night, Bronson returns to Mendon to take on Quincy in their Class C District opener.
In bowling, Coldwater competed at the MHSAA Division 2 Team Regional hosted by Vicksburg at Continental Lanes in Kalamazoo. The Cardinal boys just missed qualifying for next weekend's Finals. Defending state champion Sturgis won the regional with 3,955 total points, Byron Center was 2nd with 3,939, and Charlotte 3rd with 3,912; Coldwater finished 4th with 3,902. The Lady Cardinals were 6th in the Regional with a total score of 3,363 points; future Interstate 8 foes Charlotte, Jackson Northwest, and Parma Western qualified for next weekend's Division 2 Finals in Waterford. Regional action continues today with singles competition.