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Coldwater girl's basketball season ends with district semifinal loss to Three Rivers, Bronson tops Union City in Class C district

STURGIS, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in girls basketball MHSAA state tournament play last night, Coldwater’s season came to an end at the Sturgis Class B District while Bronson advanced at the Mendon Class C district and is the last county school still alive in the opening week of the second season. In the Coldwater game that we had on the radio, the Lady Cardinals lost their district semi-final to Three Rivers 64-55. Coldwater, which drew a first round bye, came out strong in the first quarter, building a 14-4 lead before the Wildcats settled down and cut the deficit to just two points as the opening period ended with the Lady Cardinals on top 14-12.  Three Rivers then doubled up Coldwater 18-9 in the second quarter and by the end of the third quarter, the Wildcats were in charge 46-33 on their way to the 9 point victory. The Galloway sisters, senior Kenzie, and sophomore Kendall, scored 11 points apiece in the loss while Carlee Smoker added 10 points. Kenzie Galloway was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater, who finished their season with a 9-12 record while Three Rivers improved to 19-3 and will take on Sturgis in the District final tomorrow night. Sturgis last night eliminated Vicksburg 52-38.

Turning to the Mendon Class-C District, Bronson beat cross-county rival Union City 40-31 with the win sending the Lady Vikings on to face Mendon for the district championship tomorrow night at 7 o’clock. We’ll have the title game on the radio with our live coverage beginning at 6:30. Bronson’s victory over Union City was basically decided in the middle two periods when they outscored the Chargers by a 25-15 total, giving them a 32-19 lead at the end of the third quarter. Skyler Sobeski had a game-high 13 points in the win followed closely by Kinslea Blouin with 12 and Grace Pyles with 11. Haley Harty and Rachel Wing had 10 points apiece for Union City, which bows out with a 6-15 record. Bronson will take a 12-8 mark into its matchup with Mendon, which last night defeated Reading 38-24.

In the 41st annual Coldwater Noon Exchange Club freshman boys basketball tournament at Legg Middle School, the host Coldwater Cardinals last night dropped their winners bracket game to Angola 48-36. Zach Murphy had a team-high 11 points in the loss for the Cardinals who now will play for third place on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.  In last night’s loser’s bracket contest, Parma Western defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 54-34. There are two more games tonight before the tournament wraps up with 4 games on Saturday.

In boy’s varsity basketball, Quincy, Bronson, and Union City end their regular seasons tonight with March Magic and the post season looming next week. Coldwater finished up its schedule at home Tuesday night with a loss to Loy Norrix. Tonight, Quincy hosts Concord, Bronson plays at home against Sturgis, and Union City is at Homer. Also, Tekonsha hosts Pittsford.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City boys basketball coach Ben Chard.

In middle school sports yesterday, in girls basketball, in the season ending “B” team tournament hosted by  Coldwater, the 7th grade Coldwater team fell to Gull Lake 23-21 in the title game with 14 points for Molly Smith. Coldwater finished with a 7-5 record.