The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team looked to be in mid-season form Tuesday night in the season opener at Fayette while leading from start to finish for a 46-27 victory.
With three players scoring in double figures for New Franklin, the Lady Bulldogs also led Fayette from start to finish while going up 17-9 after one, 24-10 at the half and 37-15 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Fayette outscored the Lady Bulldogs 12-9 to cut the lead back to 19.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the team had some stretches throughout this game when they played pretty well, and they also had some stretches where they seemed unorganized and passive.
“We certainly will have to be more consistent throughout games all year in order to be successful,” McGowan said. “However, some of the mistakes are typical for early in the year and showed us some things to work on in practice. We shot the ball pretty poorly all night but made up for it by rebounding well. Jasmyne really gave us a lift in the first quarter with some putbacks while we were struggling to find good shots. We will need to shoot the ball better as we go forward. Part of that comes from shot selection and part of it comes from relaxing. We need to get back in the gym and practice and get ready to play Fayette again in the first round of the Glasgow Tournament.”
Sophomore Madi Lyons had a double-double in the game for New Franklin with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with one steal and one assist. Junior Jasmyne Boggs also finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds along with two assists and one steal. Aislinn Himmelberg had 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist while Aly Hundley added five points, six steals, four rebounds and one assist, Derian Dodson with two points, four rebounds and three assists, Sara Montgomery with two points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists and Brittany Anderson with seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 17 of 59 shots from the field for 28 percent and 12 of 19 from the foul line for 63 percent.
Fayette was led by Caitlin Wells with eight and Kenzie Thornton with seven.
As for the New Franklin boys, they weren’t so fortunate while falling on the road against the Falcons 62-48.
The Bulldogs, 0-1 on the season, trailed Fayette 16-10 after one, 42-18 at the half and 47-28 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin outscored Fayette 18-10 to cut the lead back to four.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said Fayette out-played the Bulldogs in the first half. “We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half that we could not climb out of,” Schlotzhauer said. “We must play a full four quarter game to beat a team like Fayette.”
Page 2 of 2 - Rudy Williams had the game-high for Fayette with 24 points.
For New Franklin, Tanner White tossed in 24 points while Tyler White added 12, Dalton Welbern three, Tyler Hull, Matt Anderton, Ryley Lyons and Alex Holem each with two points and Ronnie Perkins with one.