With the Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs all alone at the top in the Central Activities Conference, that left two teams (New Franklin and Glasgow) fighting it out for second place Tuesday night in New Franklin.
Although Glasgow entered the game with a slightly better record at 11-2 overall compared to 10-3 for New Franklin, the Lady Bulldogs may have played one of their best defensive games of the season while holding the Yellowjackets to just 10 points through three quarters of play en route to a 39-30 victory.
While the win improved New Franklin’s record to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in the CAC, head coach Chris McGowan said this was a nice win for the girls.
“We played a very good game through three quarters,” McGowan said. “We had a nice defensive effort through three quarters. We definitely didn’t finish the game the way we wanted. We had some ill-advised shots and way too many turnovers late in the game, so we need to use the fourth quarter as a chance to gain experience in how to finish out a game. Jasmyne Boggs really played well for us and we needed that effort from her. We still have a lot of things to work on to become the team we want to be.”
The Lady Bulldogs were close to being that team Tuesday night while leading Glasgow 12-5 after one, 21-10 at the half and 31-10 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, the Lady Yellowjackets rallied back with a 20-8 advantage to cut the lead back to nine.
“We struggled shooting the ball from the floor all night,” said Glasgow coach Molly Monnig. “New Franklin played well and were the better team on the floor tonight. However, I was proud of the way our kids finished. They kept battling event though we couldn’t get anything to fall. I believe we learned some good lessons during this game that will make us a much better team in the future. It’s a great thing to go into the locker room and know your kids are as disappointed as you are and that they are as determined as you to get better.”
Junior Jasmyne Boggs led the Lady Bulldogs with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with two assists.
Aly Hundley finished the game with nine points, six steals, four assists and one rebound while Madi Lyons added seven points, seven rebounds and two steals, Aislinn Himmelberg with seven points and four rebounds and Derian Dodson with four points and eight rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 18 of 40 shots from the field for 45 percent and 5 of 10 from the foul line for 50 percent.
Page 2 of 2 - As for the scoring in the game for Glasgow, Abby Thompson had 11, Nikki Fuemmeler eight points and 11 rebounds, Erin Reynolds with six points, Peyton Davis with three and Trisha McMillan with two.
As for the New Franklin boys, they also played Glasgow close while trailing by just one (9-8) after first period’s end. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they had no answer for the rest of the game as Glasgow held a 37-27 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Glasgow coach Mick Cropp said the boys were able to grind out a tough win on the road in the conference. “Even though we didn’t shoot as well as we would have liked to we played good enough defense to win,” stated Cropp.
Senior Reid Littrell finished the game for the Yellowjackets, who improved to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the CAC, with 16 points along with seven rebounds.
Joel Monnig had 11 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double while Ethan Thompson added seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, Blake Hackman with seven points and four steals, Jimmie Wilson with four points and four rebounds and Landon Brand with one point and five rebounds.
New Franklin head coach Jim Schlotzhauer said Glasgow played a solid defensive game against the Bulldogs.
“They make it very tough to get good quality shots against them and very seldom give up easy baskets that you need to win games,” Schlotzhauer said. “I felt that we played well against them at times, but also gave up a couple of runs that let them get their lead into double digits. They are a very tough team, that are hard to run evenly with for four quarters.”
Tyler White had the high game for New Franklin, who dropped to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the CAC, with 16 points while Tyler Hull and Dalton Welbern chipped in six each, Tanner White with three and Ryley Lyons and Alex Holem with two points each.