The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team fell short in its bid to reach the championship in the Sturgeon Tournament last night while losing to the Salisbury Panthers by a score of 44-38.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 14-4 on the season, trailed Salisbury 10-5 after one, 22-15 at the half and 29-22 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin rallied back with a 16-11 advantage to cu the lead back to six.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a pretty disappointing game.
“We really struggled in the first half offensively,” McGowan said. “Salisbury didn’t allow us to enter our offense the way we wanted and we had trouble adjusting. We were in foul trouble early, so we were also playing a little out of position and were very unorganized. Defensively we played ok in the first half but had a tough time defending without fouling. Sabrina Burris was 19/22 from the free throw line against us, so we really struggled keeping her off the line, and she did a very nice job of making her free throws. We have a quick turnaround and play a tough Paris team on Friday night. We need to work at practice over the next few weeks to get ready for district play and we must show up ready to play in big games.”
Sabrina Burris had 27 points and Hannah Nicolay eight for Salisbury.
For New Franklin, junior Jasmyne Boggs finished the game with a double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds along with one steal and one assist.
Derian Dodson chipped in 11 points, four rebounds and one steal while Madi Lyons added six points, five rebounds and three assists, Aly Hundley with two points, five rebounds, five assists and one steal, Aislinn Himmelberg with one point, two steals and one rebound and Kalani Pihana with three rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs also hit on 16 of 49 shots from the field for 33 percent and 6 of 15 from the foul line for 40 percent.
In other games last night in the tournament on the girls side of the bracket, No. 1 Sturgeon defeated Paris 52-32 while Community toppled Westran in a consolation semifinals 34-21. The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats also turned back South Callaway 44-27.
South Callaway (B) 63
New Franklin 57
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 Tuesday 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.