Lady Bulldogs lose 35-29, boys fall by a score of 54-49
The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams did everything they could Friday night in CAC action against the state-ranked Sturgeon Bulldogs.
Although Sturgeon came away with the sweep, the New Franklin boys and girls battled to the very end before falling by the scores of 54-49 and 35-29, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the CAC, trailed throughout the game against Sturgeon. But what’s amazing is that while shooting just 22.5 percent from the field for the game, New Franklin was still very much within striking distance of Sturgeon while trailing 9-6 after one, 22-15 at the half and 30-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin made somewhat of a comeback by outscoring Sturgeon 6-5 to cut the lead to six.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a tough loss for the girls, but also it was a loss that they can learn from.
“We were down 12 at a couple of points in the third quarter,” McGowan said. “Our girls showed a lot of determination in fighting back and giving themselves a chance to win. We had three or four chances to tie the game but were just unable to get it tied. We showed some improvement from the last time we played Sturgeon, but we need to improve some more.
“We shot very poorly throughout the game and it was very tough to overcome that obstacle. I was quite pleased with the shot selection, and we need to start finishing around the basket better in a game of this caliber. It is a credit to our defensive effort that we were able to keep the game this close while shooting so poorly, and it is also a credit to Sturgeon’s defense that they did a nice job of guarding us and holding us to under 30 points. We will see Sturgeon at least one more time this year and hope to have a better showing next time.”
Molly Gregory had the game-high for Sturgeon with 21 points.
For New Franklin, Aly Hundley finished the game with 10 points, four rebounds and two steals. Jasmyne Boggs had nine points, 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal while Madi Lyons added eight points, three rebounds and two steals, Aislinn Himmelberg with two points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal and Derian Dodson with five rebounds and one steal.
As for the New Franklin boys, they also played Sturgeon close and trailed by just one (22-21) at the break. However, in the second half, Sturgeon began to pull away ever so slightly by outscoring the Bulldogs 32-28 to win the game by five.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said this was a hard fought game between two teams that very badly wanted to win.
“Sturgeon closed the game very well and we simply could not make up the difference down the stretch,” Schlotzhauer said. “The difference in the game was their ability to knock down more shots then we did. We had some really nice looks that we just didn’t knock down.”
Tanner Sandker had the team-high for Sturgeon with 19 points.
For New Franklin, Tyler White had 23, Tanner 13, Tyler Hull and Ryley Lyons four each and Alex Holem and Ronnie Perkins each with two points.