COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - After spending the first part of the first full week of the new year in the deep freeze, the high school sports scene saw a full slate of basketball games played Friday night.
Sturgis outscored Coldwater in the 2nd half 28-14 as the Trojans defeated the Cardinals 41-25 on parents night at Coldwater High School. Sturgis's Chance Stewart went 11-for 18 from the free throw line in the 2nd half en route to a game-high 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Jack Scheske drained 3 triples and scored 13. All that was happening while the Cardinals went 6-for-44 shooting for the entire game, 2-for 24 after halftime, when the Trojans enjoyed a slim 13-11 lead. Our McDonald's Player of the Game, Luke Stempien, led Coldwater with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The Cardinals fall to 1-5 overall, 0-4 in the SMAC East.
On Hall of Fame Night at Bronson High School, the Viking boys fell 4 points short to the visiting Centreville Bulldogs, 59-55, despite leading 29-24 at halftime. Eric Toledo had a game-high 18 points, while Jordan Alger had 13 and Sean Kenny 12 as Bronson falls to 0-5 overall, 0-1 in the St. Joe Valley.
Union City edged Athens on the road 52-48. Darren Austin had 22 points to lead the Chargers, who improve to 2-4 overall, 1-2 in the Big 8.
Pansophia Academy lost 52-36 to visiting Calhoun Christian as the Pumas opened their boys basketball season.
In girls basketball, Coldwater won its second straight game, leading wire-to-wire and outscoring Sturgis in the final stanza 11-1 in their 37-22 win against the Trojans. Kenzie Galloway, our McDonald's Player of the Game, led all scorers with 15 points as the Cardinals improve to 3-5 overall, 1-4 in the SMAC East.
At Bronson, the Vikings led Centreville 26-8 at halftime and cruised to a 44-24 win against the visiting Bulldogs. Skyler Sobeski had a game-high 21 points while Liz Baker had 10 as Bronson improves to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in the St. Joe Valley.
Union City lost at Class D 7th-ranked Athens 44-26. Rachel Sutherland, Haley Harty, and Brianna Burnham had 6 apiece as the Chargers drop to 3-6 overall, 1-3 in the Big 8.
Quincy lost to visiting Jonesville 40-29 to drop to 0-7 overall, 0-4 in the Big 8. Katie Spalding had 11 points to lead the Orioles.
Tekonsha lost to visiting Colon 43-12, while Pansophia Academy dropped its opener to visiting Calhoun Christian 62-14. Dee Reed had 6 points to lead the Pumas.
On today's schedule, in boys basketball, Quincy has a make-up game at Napoleon. In wrestling, Coldwater is at the Parchment Invitational, Bronson is at the Springport Invitational, and Quincy is at the Parma Western Invitational. In competitive cheer, Quincy is at the Hudson Invitational. And tomorrow in bowling, Coldwater competes in the Battle of the Baker at M-66 Bowl in Battle Creek.