While the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team took care of business early last night at home against the Westran Lady Hornets for a 50-18 victory, the New Franklin boys went a different route while prevailing in overtime by a score of 61-57.
Of course the win by the Bulldogs also put them over the .500 mark for the season at 8-7.
Nonetheless, the New Franklin boys struggled early on against Westran while trailing 14-13 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 11-10 advantage in the second quarter to tie the game at 24-all. The second half was a carbon copy of the first-two periods, with Westran winning the third quarter 14-10 and New Franklin taking the fourth 21-17 to tie the game at 55-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Bulldogs outscored Westran 6-2 to win the game by four.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team was lucky to pull out the win against Westran.
“Westran played very well and we almost ran out of time by not doing the things you need to do to win,” Schlotzhauer said. “We got out-hustled for three and a half quarters and let them push us to the limit. We had a very nice comeback for the win, but the result could have been very different.”
Junior Tyler Hull led the scoring attack in the game for New Franklin with 18 points while Tyler White and Tanner White chipped in 15. Ryley Lyons added six, Dalton Welbern five and Alex Holem with two.
For Westran, Haidan Harlan and Jacob Denslow each had 12 points.
As for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs, they led Westran from start to finish while going up 9-3 after one, 28-10 at the half and 46-15 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin outscored Westran 4-3.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a good ballgame for the girls.
“We had the opportunity to work on executing our half-court offense and try to refine what we are doing,” McGowan said. “We also had the opportunity to get some playing time for more girls than normal, and it was nice to see eight girls score in the game. Kalani Pihana played her first game of the season for us coming off of knee surgery, and it was nice to see her back on the court. We have Madison tonight and need to continue to work on getting better.”
Jasmyne Boggs and Madi Lyons each had 12 points in the game for New Franklin while Aly Hundley tossed in eight, Kalani Pihana with seven, Sara Montgomery with four, Aislinn Himmelberg with three and Derian Dodson and Molly Lyons each with two.
Page 2 of 2 - For Westran, Camryn Hunt had seven points.