New Franklin 7th-8th boys fall to Harrisburg, 40-27
The New Franklin girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams both had something in common last night while hosting the Harrisburg Bulldogs.
Aside from playing at home, the Lady Bulldogs picked up the sweep against Harrisburg with the seventh grade girls winning 25-6 and the eighth grade team prevailing by a score of 32-25.
The New Franklin girls seventh grade team, who improved to 2-2 on the season, led Harrisburg 19-4 at the half and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 6-2 in the final-two periods for the victory.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a nice team win for the Lady Bulldogs. “Our guards did a good job of taking care of the ball against Harrisburg’s full-court pressure,” McGowan said. “Our post players really finished around the basket and that led to us getting a nice win.”
Kacie White led all scorers in the game for New Franklin with 16 points while Grace Hundley chipped in six, Cierra Maupin two and Lilly Oser with one.
For Harrisburg, Madelyn Fritts, Cheyanne Winn and Sam Wrenn each had two points.
As for the New Franklin girls eighth grade basketball team, they also jumped out in front to stay while leading Harrisburg 15-2 after one, 21-7 at the half and 27-15 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Harrisburg outscored New Franklin 10-5.
McGowan said this was a funny game to coach. “Our girls played with great effort,” McGowan said. “We only had six girls playing and they each played hard and contributed to the win. Jasmine Himmelberg obviously had a really special game. All of the girls, however, contributed in some manner to the win. I was very pleased with them, and we are looking toward to another week of basketball.”
Jasmine Himmelberg burned the nets for 26 points to lead all scorers for New Franklin while Lacey Senevey, Chloe Dobson and Jordan Schler added two points each.
Crystal Cox had the team-high for Harrisburg with seven points.
As for the New Franklin 7th-8th boys, they fell to Harrisburg by a score of 40-27.
The Bulldogs, who dropped to 4-1 on the season, trailed Harrisburg 26-10 at the half and 36-14 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin outscored Harrisburg 13-4.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys did the usual against a good Harrisburg team. “We came out flat and gave up easy baskets off of our mistakes,” Schlotzhauer said, “and then spent the rest of the game adjusting to the physical style of play. Once we get used to the way the game is played we adjust fine. It just takes us a while to adjust. Harrisburg also ran the floor very well and played very aggressive defense.”
Taylor Bottomley had 17 points to lead all scorers for Harrisburg.
For New Franklin, Brendan Hundley tossed in seven, Philip Udinyiwe, Bailey Lyons and Sid Hendrix four points each, Mason Bailey two points and Hunter Rohlfing with one.