It didn’t take long for New Franklin junior Jasmyne Boggs to get back in the swing of things last night in an opening round game against seventh-seeded Jamestown in the 84th annual New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
With only one blemish on their schedule for the first-half of the season, the Lady Bulldogs held off a pesky Jamestown squad last night for a 51-33 victory.
As for Boggs, the junior standout finish the game for New Franklin with a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out one assist.
Of course the New Franklin-Jamestown game wasn’t the only contest on tap last night. In other games, the No. 4 Tipton girls turned back No. 5 Westran 59-54; No. 2 Tipton boys defeated No. 7 Westran 71-54; No. 1 Sturgeon boys upended No. 8 Jamestown 60-31; No. 1 Sturgeon girls prevailed over No. 8 Fayette 51-24; and the No. 6 Sweet Springs boys upset third-seeded Fayette 50-47.
Tournament action will continue tonight on the winners side of the bracket, with the Sturgeon girls playing Tipton at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Sturgeon boys versus Pilot Grove at 6, the New Franklin girls versus Sweet Springs at 7:30 and the Tipton boys versus Sweet Springs at 9.
Commenting on the win over Jamestown, New Franklin girls coach Chris McGowan said his team had a distinct size advantage in this game.
“Our post players were in foul trouble in the first half which negated that advantage, but we really used our size to our advantage in the second half,” McGowan said.  “We must do a better job of containing the ball defensively and not giving up penetration.  We have a quick turnaround and play Sweet Springs tonight and need to play with some energy and determination.”
While the Lady Bulldogs never trailed in the game against Jamestown, they could never really pull away either as the Lady Eagles trimmed the lead to five at 36-31 with 7:25 left in the ballgame.
Of course it didn’t help Jamestown that New Franklin jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with four different players scoring or that the Lady Bulldogs held a 17-15 advantage in the second period to lead at the half by a score of 29-20.
However with the lead swelling to 14 (29-15) with 33.4 seconds left in the half, the Lady Eagles still managed to cut the lead below double digits at the break after a three by freshman Mickayla Strother and a layup by Alli Muri.
Strother and Muri tied for the team-high in the first half for Jamestown with eight points while Boggs tossed in eight of her game-high 19 points after the first-two periods for New Franklin.
Although the Lady Bulldogs dominated the first-two quarters, there was a sense that Jamestown would make a run at some point in the second half. That came in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles outscored New Franklin 9-5 to cut the lead to five at 34-29.
Meanwhile, after a basket by Boggs to extend the lead to seven (36-29) with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter, Jamestown came back and cut the lead again to five at 36-31 after a basket by Lexi Muri with 7:25 remaining.
Unfortunately for Jamestown, they never got any closer in the game as New Franklin closed out the quarter with a 15-2 advantage for the victory.
Madi Lyons also finished the game with a double-double for New Franklin, who improved to 8-1 on the season, with 14 points and 17 rebounds. Lyons also had four assists.
Aly Hundley added 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and five steals while Aislinn Himmelberg chipped in six points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, Derian Dodson with two points and one rebound, Sara Montgomery with three rebounds, two steals and one assist and Brittany Anderson with two rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 60 percent from the foul line.
As for the scoring in the game for Jamestown, Alli Muri had 12 and Mickayla Strother 11.
In the first game last night, Loryn Hirst had 17 points and Caroline Combs 14 for Tipton, who led Westran 36-18 at the half.
Camryn Hunt was the only player in double figures for Westran with 10 points.
In the second game, the Tipton boys led Westran 31-26 at the half and then outscored the Hornets 40-28 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Ethan Koechner had 20 points to lead all scorers for Tipton while Dylan Cooper added 15.
For Westran, Clay Ames led three players in double figures with 13 points while Jacob Denslow and Haiden Haiden Harlan chipped in 12 points each.
In the third game, Spencer Kelly had 16 points and Tanner Sandker 14 as the top-seeded Sturgeon boys led Jamestown from start to finish.
Alden Rohrbach had the high game for Jamestown, who trailed 33-20 at the half, with 13 points.
As for the Sturgeon girls, they led Fayette 29-15 at the half and 38-20 after three quarters of play.
Brigett Arends had 11 points and Molly Gregory eight for Sturgeon. For Fayette, Kenzie Smentkowski tossed in 11 points.
In the final game last night, Jacob Schowengerdt hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to lift Sweet Springs over Fayette.
The Falcons led 35-26 at the half but was outscored 24-12 in the final-two periods.
Schowengerdt also had 29 points in the game for the Greyhounds while Matt Harris chipped in 10.
For Fayette, Rudy Williams was the only player in double figures with 11 points while Rashad Jackman chipped in eight.