In a battle of No. 4 versus No. 5, the South Callaway Bulldogs defeated the New Franklin Bulldogs in the opening round of the Sturgeon Invitational Tournament last night by a score of 63-57.
New Franklin, who dropped to 9-8 on the season, led South Callaway after the first-two periods by the scores of 11-9 and 27-22. However, in the third quarter, South Callaway rallied back with a 17-6 advantage to go up by six at 39-33. New Franklin and South Callaway then battled back and forth in the final period with each team scoring 24 points.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team made too many mistakes to pull out the win.  
“South Callaway is a solid team who simply won’t beat themselves,” Schlotzhauer said. “In order to win against them must take care of the ball and defend well.  Tonight we didn’t do either of those well enough to take home a win.”
Garrett Rudroff paced all scorers in the game for South Callaway with 10 points.
For New Franklin, Tyler White tossed in 25 while Alex Holem added 10, Dalton Welbern eight, Tanner White seven, Tyler Hull four, Ryley Lyons two and Ronnie Perkins with one.
In other games last night on the boys side of the bracket, No. 1 Salisbury defeated eighth-seeded New Bloomfield 70-18 while No. 2 Sturgeon cruised past No. 7 Paris 86-30. No. 3 Community also won 63-42 over No. 6 Westran.
Tournament action will continue tonight for the girls, with Westran playing Community at 6 p.m. in the middle school and Sturgeon battling Paris at 6 p.m. at the high school. Meanwhile, at 7:30, New Bloomfield will take on South Callaway in a loser’s bracket game at the middle school while Salisbury squares off against New Franklin in the semifinal round at the high school.