The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team couldn’t have played any better last night in the regular season finale against the Madison Panthers.
With districts set to begin next week at Sturgeon, the Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 25-3 first-quarter lead against Madison and never looked back for a convincing 58-23 victory.
While closing out the regular season at 18-7 overall and 9-3 in the Central Activities Conference, head coach Chris McGowan said this was a nice end to the regular season for us.  
“We played very well in the first half and shot the ball particularly well,” McGowan said. “We lost a little intensity and focus at halftime it seemed, but overall we will take the effort as we head into districts next week.”
The Lady Bulldogs left little for chance against Madison while leading 25-3 after one, 44-8 at the half and 57-19 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period with the starters on the bench, Madison rallied back with a 4-1 advantage.
Madi Lyons had the game-high for New Franklin with 19 points while Jasmyne Boggs chipped in 17, Aislinn Himmelberg nine, Aly Hundley eight, Derian Dodson four and Brittany Anderson with one.
For Madison, Jami Westfaul tossed in nine points.
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team will begin district play on Monday, Feb. 18 at Sturgeon against Slater starting at 5 p.m.
The Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs picked up the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by Salisbury, New Franklin, Harrisburg, Father Tolton, Slater and Fayette.
In other games on Monday, Salisbury will play Fayette at 6:30 p.m. while Harrisburg battles Father Tolton at 8.
On the boys side of the bracket, Salisbury drew the No. 1 seed. Sturgeon was seeded second, followed by New Franklin, Harrisburg, Father Tolton, Fayette and Slater.
The New Franklin boys will play Fayette in the opening round of district on Tuesday, Feb. 19 starting at 5 p.m.