BATTLE CREEK (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in Friday night boys and girls basketball, Coldwater was on the road at Battle Creek Central and in the games we had on the radio, the host Bearcats posted a pair of wins over Coldwater. In the boys action, the visiting Cardinals trailed 28-11 at the end of the first quarter and Battle Creek Central used that quick start on their way to a 67-47 victory over Coldwater. Logan Targgart led the Cardinals with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and was our McDonalds Player of the Game for Coldwater. The defeat dropped Coldwater’s record to 0-6 in the SMAC East and 1-and-7 overall while the Bearcats remain unbeaten in the division and they’re 9-1 overall. The Cardinals are back in action Tuesday at home against Tecumseh.
In last night’s girls game in Battle Creek, a very tough 67-65 loss for Coldwater. It was tied at 65-all in the closing seconds and the Lady Cardinals had possession when the Bearcats stole an inbounds pass and converted on a layup for the victory. Kenzie Galloway poured in 31 points and was our McDonalds Player of the Game for Coldwater. She was matched for game-high honors by Ka-Leah Ryan, who also had 31 points for Battle Creek Central. The loss left Coldwater with a 3-and-7 record, including 1-6 in the SMAC East. Coming up next for the Lady Cardinals will be a matchup at home Monday night against cross-county rival Bronson and we’ll have the action live on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 with our broadcast beginning at 7 o’clock.
Last night, it was a split for Bronson at White Pigeon as the visiting Vikings lost the boys game 61-56 but they won the girls game over the Chiefs 57-34. White Pigeon dominated the first quarter in the boys contest 19-3 but the Vikings hung around and outscored the Chiefs 29-20 in the final period to close the gap to 5 points at the buzzer. Eric Toledo had a team-high 14 points for Bronson with 13 for Chase Carpenter and 10 for Blake Fox. In the girls win for the Lady Vikings, they doubled up the Chiefs by halftime 28-14 and stayed in control the rest of the way for the 23-point victory. It was a one-two punch for Bronson with 19 points for Skyler Sobeski and 18 for Liz Baker and that improved their record to 6-2 including 2-0 in St. Joe Valley Conference play.
In girl’s only action last night, Quincy lost at home to Homer 62-38 with 10 points for Katie Spalding along with 7 points and 8 rebounds for Gaby Masson.
Also in the Big-8, Union City edged Jonesville 40-39. Freshman Rachel Wing had 21 point and 14 rebounds in the win while Riley Smith added 7 points and ten rebounds. Union City improved to 5-and-6 overall and 2-and-4 in the conference.
And in a boys only game, Tekonsha lost at home to Jackson Christian 58-38 with 8 points for Everett Lewis Lanphar and 7 points and 12 rebounds for Jeremy Scherer.
On today’s high school schedule, in wrestling, it’s the Quincy Shawn Cockerel Memorial tournament including Coldwater and Union City while at Bronson, it’s the Clark Walker Invitational. And in gymnastics, it’s Coldwater at the Lowell Invitational.