It's not often that New Franklin boys basketball coach Jim Schlotzhauer will admit that his team was beaten in all phases of the game.
That is until last night's semifinal game in the Glasgow Tournament against the top-seeded Glasgow Yellowjackets 66-46.
Although the Bulldogs kept the game close for the first-eight minutes, the Yellowjackets used a combination of great defense and an opportunistic offense to pull away in the three remaining quarters.
"We were beaten in all phases tonight," Schlotzhauer said. "Glasgow is a very experienced and accomplished team. They execute what they want to do very well. We decided to take away the post players early and did. However, once their guards stepped up and hit shots it opened up the middle as well. They plugged the lane and we couldn't knock down enough jumpers to stay in the game."
Of course it doesn't help when your team shoots only 31 percent from the field compared to your opponents 63 percent. The Yellowjackets also out-rebounded New Franklin 21-17 while turning the ball over just five times compared to 14 turnovers for the Bulldogs.
Glasgow coach Mick Cropp was even impressed with his team's play for four quarters last night against New Franklin.
"I thought we played very well," stated Cropp. We defended well, rebounded well and executed our offense very well. I was very happy with our effort throughout the night."
What coach wouldn't be. After all, the Yellowjackets did outscore New Franklin in all four quarters of play not to mention that they also had three players in double figures for the game.
Nonetheless, the Yellowjackets began to pull away ever so slightly in the second quarter with runs of six, eight and five points to lead at the half by 18 at 30-12.
Then, to make matters worse for New Franklin, the Yellowjackets also opened the third quarter with a 7-0 over a span of 60 seconds to lead the Bulldogs by 25 at 37-12 with 6:34 left.
The third quarter was also Glasgow's best period in the ballgame, as they outscored New Franklin 24-9 to lead by 33 at 54-21. Meanwhile, in the final period with the game well in hand, senior Joel Monnig opened the quarter with a basket to make it 56-21 with 7:47 left. The Yellowjackets then closed out the game with a 7-0 run over a span of four minutes to win by 40.
Monnig led all scorers in the game for Glasgow, 3-0 on the season, with 17 points while Ethan Thompson chipped in 14 and Reid Littrell with 10.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 1-2 on the season, Tyler White and Tanner White each had seven points while Alex Holem added six and Tyler Hull, Jacob Hendrix and Ryley Lyons each with two.
In other games last night in the tournament, the top-seeded Harrisburg girls got 19 points from Kirsten Southerland and 14 from Chloe Franklin in a 58-40 win over Westran in a semifinal game.
The Lady Bulldogs led Westran 24-18 at the half and then outscored the Hornets 34-22 in the second half for the win.
Bobbi Nejedly had 10 points in the game for Westran.
Meanwhile, in the consolation semifinals last night, Caitlin Canote had 14 and Marley Winkler 13 as the Cairo girls won by 34 over Keytesville 66-32.
Abby Koehl had 11 for Keytesville, who trailed 37-20 at the half and 55-24 after three.
The Fayette boys also got off to a good start against Keytesville while leading 52-18 at the half and 70-27 en route to a 85-35 victory.
Rudi Williams had 29 points and Rashad Jackman 15 for Fayette.
Keytesville was led by Russell Shaw with 20.