The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams couldn’t have used a better game to prepare for the 84th annual New Franklin Invitational Tournament, which begins on Thursday.
While hosting the Brunswick Wildcats in CAC action Tuesday night, the New Franklin boys and girls used their time wisely to work on some things both offensively and defensively while prevailing at the same time by the scores of 65-36 and 59-23, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs, 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the CAC, finished the game shooting 36 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line to open up a 32-13 halftime lead against Brunswick. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin held a 21-6 advantage to extend the lead to 53-19.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls played the way they needed to in this game.  
“Our defense created some turnovers that led to transition baskets,” McGowan said.  “Offensively we didn’t shoot well, but we rebounded very well to get some second chance baskets.  We need to get in the gym and practice and prepare for the New Franklin Tournament.”
Sophomore Aislinn Himmelberg led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 18 points along with four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Jasmyne Boggs finished the game with a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds along with one steal and one assist while Aly Hundley added 14 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds, Derian Dodson with six points, 14 rebounds, two steals and one assist, Madi Lyons with four points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, Sara Montgomery with two points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals and Brittany Anderson with five rebounds and one steal.
For Brunswick, Chelsea Mason tallied 11 points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they led Brunswick 14-11 after one, 28-18 at the half and 53-25 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs outscored Brunswick 12-11 to win the game by 29.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys had a poor start to the night.
“We came out very loose with the ball and missed some easy looks that we should put in routinely,” Schlotzhauer said.  “We came out with a strong performance in the second half to put the game away, but must focus on making a full four quarter performance every night out.”
Tyler White led a cast of scorers in the game for New Franklin with 20 points. Tyler Hull chipped in 16, Dalton Welbern nine, Alex Holem seven, Tanner White six, Ronnie Perkins three and Zach Evans and Jacob Hendrix each with two.
For Brunswick, Dalton Elliott tossed in 11 points.