Facing the state-ranked Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs is never an easy task, especially when you them on their home floor.
Nonetheless, the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs still gave Sturgeon everything they wanted and more before falling by a score of 27-23.
As for the New Franklin boys, they were crippled by a slow start against the Bulldogs in a 77-46 defeat.
Although the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs fell by four on the road against Sturgeon, they had every chance to win the game while trailing by just six (15-9) at the break. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin cut into the lead even more by outscoring Sturgeon 4-3 to make it a five-point ballgame at 18-13. What was shaping up to be a defensive battle, New Franklin also came back and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-9 in the final period.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a very competitive ballgame.
“Both teams are good defensive teams and that really showed throughout the game,” McGowan said. “The physicality of the game took us by surprise in the first half I thought and we got pushed around quite a bit. I thought in the second half we adjusted to the style of play and fought back, but we had dug a pretty large hole by that time. Sturgeon does a good job of limiting the easy looks at the basket that we normally get during a game, so we really have to execute well in order to get anything accomplished offensively. A game of this nature is good for us because it again illustrates what we need to work on to become a better team. We will hopefully use that information over the last month of this season and continue to get better.”
Molly Gregory was the only player in double figures for Sturgeon with 11 points. Kylee Foster chipped in seven.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 15-5 on the season, Aly Hundley had 10, Madi Lyons six, Jasmyne Boggs four, Aislinn Himmelberg two and Derian Dodson with one.
As for the boys game, Sturgeon jumped out to a 39-23 lead at the half and then outscored New Franklin 38-23 in the second half for a 77-46 victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his team was out-played by a hot shooting Sturgeon team. “We couldn’t get a stop on the defensive end,” Schlotzhauer said. “We gave them too many easy looks in transition and off of rebounds. You can’t give a team like Sturgeon anything if you expect to stay in the game against them.”
Spencer Kelly had the game-high for Sturgeon with 20 points.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 11-9 overall and 4-4 in the CAC, Tanner White tossed in 18 while Tyler White and Dalton Welbern chipped in nine each, Ryley Lyons with five and Ronnie Perkins with two.
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