The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams couldn’t have asked for a better game to play after coming off two losses last Friday against the Salisbury Panthers.
While playing on the road Tuesday night against Keytesville, the New Franklin boys and girls prevailed in a big way by the scores of 66-42 and 69-21, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs, improving to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the CAC, led Keytesville 42-7 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 27-14 in the final-two periods to win the game by 48.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was the type of game the girls needed at this point in the season. “It felt like the girls played relaxed and we shot the ball extremely well as evidenced by the shooting percentages,” McGowan said. “Hopefully, we built some confidence and can carry it forward the rest of the season.”
Junior Aly Hundley led a balanced scoring attack for New Franklin, who finished the game shooting 60 percent from the field and 56 percent from the foul line, with 21 points. Hundley also led the game with six assists and five steals.
Aislinn Himmelberg had 13 points and three steals while Derian Dodson added eight points and seven rebounds, Jasmyne Boggs with seven points, seven rebounds and three assists, Madi Lyons with six points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists, Kalani Pihana with five points, Jordan Winningham with four points, Brittany Anderson with three points and Sara Montgomery with two points, three rebounds and three assists.
For Keytesville, Morgan Shupback tossed in six points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they also led Keytesville from start to finish while going up 29-17 at the break and then outscoring the Tigers 37-25 in the second half.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said despite the win the boys were not sharp in their performance against Keytesville. “We gave up too many easy baskets and missed a lot of easy ones ourselves,” Schlotzhauer said. “It really was a sloppy game for us. That’s not the way that we want to play coming down to the end of the season. We’ll have to pick it up for our last-three games of the season.”
Senior Tyler White, who has over 1,600 points in his four-year career, led the Bulldogs with 30 points. Tyler Hull chipped in 13, Ryley Lyons seven, Tanner White six, Dalton Welbern and Matt Anderton each with four and Adam Harris with two.
For Keytesville, Hunter Atterbury tossed in 15 points.