Jasmine Himmelberg, Austin Jones and Kaleb Anderton each had something in common Tuesday night for the New Franklin boys and girls ninth grade basketball teams.
While all three scored in double figures for New Franklin, they also led their teams to wins over the Sturgeon Bulldogs in CAC action.
Himmelberg tossed in 15 points for the Lady Bulldogs in a 34-8 win over Sturgeon.
New Franklin also led from start to finish against Sturgeon while taking a 17-5 advantage at the half and a 28-5 lead after three quarters of play.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls shot the ball pretty well in this game. “We certainly made more perimeter shots than we have in a while which obviously gave us a much better chance to win,” McGowan said. “I also felt like the girls relaxed a little in this game instead of putting pressure on themselves and the results were much better.”
Molly Lyons knocked down six points while Jordan Winningham added four, Chloe Dobson, Teagan Birdno and Kacie White two points each and Grace Hundley with one point.
For Sturgeon, Sierra Ridgeway, Lauren Mills and Charlee Schultz each had two points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they won in overtime against the Sturgeon Bulldogs by a score of 32-30.
The Bulldogs, improving to 5-2 on the season, led Sturgeon 16-13 at the half but were outscored 15-12 in the second half to forge a tie at 28-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, New Franklin held a 4-2 advantage for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team toughed out the overtime win. “Kaleb Anderton hit a big shot for the game winner,” Schlotzhauer said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but also enough plays to pull out the win.”
Austin Jones had 13 points and Kaleb Anderton 11 for New Franklin while Philip Udinyiwe and Kenny Boggs chipped in four points each.
For Sturgeon, Chance Wells had 13 points.
Monday’s games
Cairo (G) 39
New Franklin 18
The Cairo girls junior high basketball team outscored New Franklin in all four quarters for a 39-18 win in CAC action Monday night at Cairo.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed Cairo 19-6 at the half and 30-16 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bearcats outscored New Franklin 9-2 to win the game by 21.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said his team started the game by jumping out to a 4-0 lead and then it all went downhill. “I felt like we were getting good shots throughout the game, but once again we missed a lot of point blank opportunities that we need to make in order to be successful,” McGowan said.
Kacie White was the leading scorer in the game for New Franklin with nine points. Jasmine Himmelberg chipped in four points while Grace Hundley and Jordan Winningham added two points each and Molly Lyons with one.
Cairo (B) 27
New Franklin 24
The Cairo boys freshmen basketball team outscored New Franklin 9-0 in the first quarter and then had to hold on for a 27-24 victory Monday night in Cairo.
Cairo led New Franklin 17-9 at the half and 24-16 after three quarters of play but was outscored 8-3 in the final period.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said it’s never good when you don’t score in a quarter. “We spotted them nine in the first,” Schlotzhauer said. “That will be tough to come from, no matter where you’re playing. We had a nice charge to come back, but just did not have enough to finish it.”
Jeff Stroppel had the game-high for Cairo with eight points.
For New Franklin, Kaleb Anderton had six, Austin Ivy five, Bailey Lyons three and Brendan Hundley, Philip Udinyiwe, Kordell Hendrix, Kenny Boggs and Austin Jones with two points each.