COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, the girls basketball MHSAA state tournament tipped off last night with district action including a faceoff of county teams with Bronson beating Quincy 45-26 in the opening round of the Mendon Class C District. Winless Quincy put a halftime scare into Bronson with the score tied at 17 at the break. But then Bronson took control, winning the third quarter 15-3 before pulling away for the 19 point victory. Kinslea Blouin had a game high 17 points in the win with 13 points for Skyler Sobeski. Quincy’s Andrea Ferrin had 10 points. Bronson, now 11-8, advances to the semi-finals tomorrow night for another county matchup with the Lady Vikings taking on Union City, which drew a first round bye. In the other bracket, Reading last night eliminated Hillsdale 45-20. Reading’s semi-final opponent with be host Mendon. All of the title games in the districts involving Branch County teams are Friday night at seven o’clock.
In Class B, Coldwater drew a first round bye at the Sturgis District and the Lady Cardinals will play in the semi-finals tomorrow night at 5:30 against Three Rivers after the Wildcats last night defeated Edwardsburg 51-27. We’ll have the Coldwater-Three Rivers game on the radio with our live coverage starting at 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday. In the other semi-final, it’s host Sturgis against Vicksburg.
In another first round score from last night, at the Tekonsha Class D district, Tekonsha’s season ended with a 73-19 loss to Jackson Christian.
The 41st annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club Freshman boys basketball tournament at Legg Middle school opened last night with a pair of games including the host Coldwater Cardinals defeating Parma Western 44-30. Zack Murphy had 12 points for the Cardinals, who improved their record to 12-5. Coldwater will next play tomorrow night in a winner’s bracket game against Angola, which last night defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 58-41. There are two more first round games tonight in the tournament that wraps up on Saturday.
In varsity boy’s basketball, it’s the final week of the regular season and Coldwater finishes up its schedule tonight at home game against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. We’ll have the game on the radio with our coverage beginning at seven o’clock with the tip-off set for around 7:15 following the junior varsity contest which starts at 5:45. Coldwater’s second season opens next Monday night at the Three Rivers Class B District with the Cardinal’s first round game against Edwardsburg. Elsewhere on tonight’s schedule, there’s a Branch County matchup at Quincy where the Orioles host Union City while Bronson has a road game against Colon. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy boys basketball coach Scott Rodesiler.
In middle school sports, yesterday in girl’s basketball, the Coldwater “A” teams split their season ending tournament second round games with Battle Creek Lakeview at Gull Lake with an 8th grade win and a loss for the 7th graders. The Lady Cardinals took the 8th grade contest 27-25 with nine points for Avery Milnes and 7 rebounds for Jamie Wellet. Lakeview won the seventh grade game 26-20 with 11 points for Malorie Rzepka. The “B” team tournament hosted by Coldwater started Monday with two wins for Coldwater over Harper Creek. The Lady Cardinals took the 8th grade matchup with the Beavers 18-12 with six points and ten rebounds for Kaci White. Coldwater won the seventh grade game 14-11 with 4 points for Molly Smith.