COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys and girls basketball, Coldwater dropped both games to Marshall in a pair of close contests. In the boys action that we had on the radio from Marshall, the Cardinals lost 55-49. The host Redhawks were up 24-23 at the half and pulled ahead by 8 points in the fourth quarter before holding on for the 6 point victory that featured 8 lead changes and 3 ties. Luke Stempien had a game-high 23 points for Coldwater while Ryan Mock had 9 and Logan Targgart 8 to combine for forty of the Cardinal’s 49 points with Stempien, Mock, and Targgart sharing our McDonalds Player of the Game honors. The defeat left Coldwater’s record at 0-and-5 in the SMAC East and 1-and-6 overall while Marshall improved to 2-and-5 including 1-4 in division play. The Cardinals return to action Friday night at Battle Creek Central.
Last night’s reserve games at Marshall were both won by the Redhawks. Coldwater lost the j-v contest 59-45 with 16 points for Nate Waterbury and 13 for Collin Warner. Marshall took the freshman game 44-41. Zach Murphy led Coldwater with 9 points.
In last night’s girls game at Coldwater, the Lady Cardinals came up short in their upset bid against the sixth-ranked team in Class-B as Marshall stayed undefeated with a 45-42 victory. Kenzie Galloway had a game-high 23 points for Coldwater which slips to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the East.
The Coldwater freshman girls team lost to Marshall 42-24 with 13 points for Megan Lippert. The JV squad lost to Marshall 45-23. Stacy Guzy Breanna Eddy each had 6 points, while Megan Hoath had 5.
Elsewhere last night, in boys hoops only, in the Big Eight Conference, Quincy was a winner on the road, handing Springport their first loss of the season 68-58. The visiting Orioles had 4 players score in double figures with 16 for Jake Rider, 15 for Michael Tesch, 14 for Logan Timmons-Miller, and 10 for Jimmy King. Tesch made it a double-double with 12 rebounds. Quincy rallied after being down 25-10 at the end of the first period, coming back to put up a total of 47 points in the middle two quarters. The Orioles improved to 4-and-0 in the league and 6-and-1 overall. Also in Big 8 action, Union City picked up a road win 48-35 over Reading as the Chargers moved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. And Tekonsha lost at Colon 71-29.
On tonight’s high school schedule, in girls basketball, Union City has a make-up game at home against Concord. In wrestling, Coldwater has a SMAC East quad meet at Marshall while Quincy hosts a Big-8 tri-meet and Bronson hosts Centreville. And in boys and girls bowling, it’s Coldwater vs. Jonesville at Nottke’s in Battle Creek. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson girls basketball coach Andy Hatt.