The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team advanced to the second round of the 29th annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament last night by beating South Callaway by a score of 44-41.
Matching the No. 3 seed versus the No. 6 seed, the Lady Bulldogs appeared to have their hands full early on against South Callaway while leading by just two (8-6) after first period’s end. New Franklin also struggled offensively in the second quarter as South Callaway held a 6-5 advantage to cut the lead to one at 13-12. However, in the second half, the Lady Bulldogs began to assert itself on the offensive end of the floor while outscoring South Callaway 16-12 to go up by five at 29-24. Meanwhile, in the final period, South Callaway rallied back again with a 17-15 advantage to cut the lead to three.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said South Callaway deserves a lot of credit for the tempo of this game.
“They made us play their pace for most of the game,” McGowan said. “We really struggled shooting the ball early in the game but kind of settled down and made some shots the second half. We were pretty fortunate to escape with a win, and now we move on to play Salisbury on Wednesday night.”
Jasmyne Boggs was the leading scorer in the game for New Franklin, 14-3 on the season, with 17 points along with 15 rebounds and three assists. Madi Lyons chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two assists, while Aly Hundley added seven points, six assists, three rebounds and one steal, Derian Dodson with six points, seven rebounds and two assists, Aislinn Himmelberg with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist and Kalani Pihana with two rebounds.
New Franklin also finished the game shooting 31 percent from the field and 69 percent from the foul line.