Six days after dropping their first game of the 2012-13 season against the Fayette Falcons by a score of 62-48, the New Franklin boys basketball team had another date circled on its calendar.
That date just so happened to be the opening round of the Glasgow Invitational Tournament, where the Bulldogs faced off against the Falcons on Monday.
While matching No. 4 versus 5, the Bulldogs got a little payback last night by beating the Falcons by a score of 54-44.
In other games last night in the tournament, the top-seeded Glasgow boys cruised past Keytesville 76-17 while the No. 1 Harrisburg girls turned back Keytesville by a score of 59-35. In the only other game last night, the No. 5 Westran girls edged No. 4 Cairo 43-42.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the No. 2 Glasgow girls playing Slater at 4:30 p.m., followed by No. 3 Harrisburg boys versus No. 6 Westran at 6, No. 3 New Franklin girls versus No. 6 Fayette at 7:30 and No. 2 Cairo boys versus No. 7 Slater at 9.
While outscoring Fayette in three out of four quarters of play, head coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team put together a solid effort. “I was very pleased with our defense and shot selection for the majority of the night,” Schlotzhauer said. “We played a very nice team game to pull out a win over Fayette.”
Of course it helps when your team holds a 15-11 advantage after one and a 33-24 lead at the half. However, in the third quarter, Fayette rallied back with a 10-9 scoring edge to cut the lead to eight at 42-34. The Falcons never got any closer as New Franklin came out and outscored Fayette 12-10 in the final period for the victory.
Senior Tyler White led the scoring attack in the game for New Franklin, 1-1 on the season, with 21 points.
Tanner White chipped in 10 while Dalton Welbern added nine, Ryley Lyons six, Tyler Hull four and Matt Anderton and Ronnie Perkins each with two.
For Fayette, Ben Harris tossed in 19 points.
As for the Glasgow boys, who improved to 2-0 on the season, they took a different route against Keytesville by outscoring the Tigers in all four quarters of play.
The Yellowjackets put up double digits in three quarters of play and led Keytesville 22-2 after one, 47-6 at the half and 68-13 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, Glasgow outscored the Tigers 8-4 to win by 59.
Glasgow coach Mick Cropp said the boys really did a nice job of controlling this game from the outset with their defense, which led to some early easy offense.
Ethan Thompson led three players in double figures for Glasgow with 16 points along with three steals, three assists and one rebound.
Page 2 of 2 - Reid Littrell finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals while Joel Monnig added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists, Blake Hackman with nine points, six steals, four assists and one rebound, Dalton Reeves with six points, Jimmie Wilson also with six points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists, Landon Brand with five points, two rebounds and two steals, Josh Sanders with four points and three rebounds, Daniel McMillan with two points and two rebounds and Garrett Fuemmeler with two points.
Keytesville was led by Tyler Richardson with five points.
As for the Harrisburg girls, they led Keytesville 30-21 at the half and then outscored the Lady Tigers 29-14 in the second half for the victory.
Hailey Laurie had 17 points and Chloe Franklin 14 to lead the Harrisburg girls.
For Keytesville, Shayla Calvert paced all scorers with 11 points.
In the final game last night, Westran trailed Cairo 18-15 at the half and 29-27 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 16-13 advantage in the final period for the victory.
Bobbi Nejedly had 17 points and Mackenzie Hombs 10 for Westran.
For Cairo, Marley Winkler tossed in 12 points.