Lady Bulldogs also win on the road against Lady Tigers, 57-41

For New Franklin senior Tyler White, the game Tuesday night on the road against the Pilot Grove Tigers was all about avenging a first-round loss in the New Franklin  Invitational Tournament back on December 21st.
Although White was closing in on 1,500 points in his career as well, he wanted the win more. As it turned out, White got his 1,500th point by pouring in 18 on the night to put him at 1,516 in his career. As for the Bulldogs, they also won in overtime against Pilot Grove by a score of 63-57.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team won a hard fought contest on the road.
“We had a couple of chances to put it away in regulation, but PG made shots down the stretch to push us into overtime,” Schlotzhauer said.  “We played through foul trouble in a tough environment to net a solid road win.”
Winners of three straight, Schlotzhauer couldn’t have asked any more from his team as the Bulldogs led 12-10 after one, 29-22 at the half and 39-37 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Pilot Grove mounted a comeback by outscoring New Franklin 16-14 to tie the game at 53-all. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they had nothing left in the overtime period as New Franklin held a 10-4 advantage for the victory.
Pilot Grove coach Rick Grunden said no matter what his team did they couldn’t get up in this game.  
“In order to beat us, New Franklin was going to have to shoot with precision but most importantly they were going to have to play a more physical game than us,” Grunden said.  “They did both.  Apparently tonight wasn’t our night.  We did show some guts and determination at times, but it just wasn’t enough to get us over the hump.  We are going to have to learn that it takes a full 32 minutes of grit and drive to win.  I totally believe that this team has the ability to do that.  We just have to get there.”
Tanner White chipped in 13 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-5 on the season, while Dalton Welbern added 11, Tyler Hull nine, Ryley Lyons eight, Alex Holem three and Ronnie Perkins with one.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 10-3 on the season, Jake Leverton had 15, Mason Schlotzhauer 14, Kendall Kraus 13, Colton Glenn eight, Dylan Twenter four, Regan Meisenheimer two and Adam Newell with one.
As for the New Franklin girls, they also won on the road against Pilot Grove by a score of 57-41.
The Lady Bulldogs, 10-2 on the season, actually trailed in the game against Pilot Grove at the end of the first period by a score of 17-16. However for the rest of the game, New Franklin dominated the Lady Tigers in every facet of the game while holding a 41-24 advantage for the victory.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a nice win for the team.  “Pilot Grove shot the ball very well early in this game and really made it competitive throughout,” McGowan said.  “I was pretty pleased with us on the offensive end, but defensively we struggled to find shooters in transition.  We must do a better job as we move forward of recognizing where shooters are and closing out of them.”
Madi Lyons had the game-high for New Franklin with 20 points while Jasmyne Boggs chipped in 17, Sara Montgomery six, Aly Hundley and Aislinn Himmelberg each with five and Derian Dodson with four.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 3-9 on the season, Melissa Schlotzhauer had 16 points, three assists, two steals and one rebound while Kerigan Wessing added 14 points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal. McKenzi Schuster chipped in nine points, four rebounds and one assist while McKalie Lorenz added two points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, Rachel Lorenz with three rebounds, Allison Weekly with one steal and Katelyn Renfro with one rebound.
Pilot Grove coach Landon Daniel said if its possible to have good loss, the girls had a good loss tonight.
“We came off of last week laying an absolute egg against Jamestown to end the New Franklin Tournament and our girls really had a gut check after that game with each other,” Daniel said. “They stepped it up in practice and we played as a totally different team tonight, we were just unlucky that we were playing a solid New Franklin team. We had the game plan of shutting down Hundley and making the other four girls beat us and Boggs and especially Lyons stepped up for New Franklin and hit shots when they needed to. Do we have a lot to work on, of course we do but I’m very proud of the girls effort tonight and think we are moving in the right direction.”
In the boys JV game, New Franklin defeated Pilot Grove 22-21.
Scott Blank had eight points in the game for the Tigers while Brandon Brown added six, Ben Glenn four and Regan Meisenheimer with three.