Lady Bulldogs fall at home 28-18 to drop to 4-5 overall

The New Franklin boys freshman basketball team raised its season record to 6-0 by turning back the Sturgeon Bulldogs by a score of 24-22.
After beating Sturgeon in the championship in the CAC Tournament just last week, the Bulldogs once again had a battle on their hands while playing to a 6-6 tie after one. However, in the middle two periods, New Franklin asserted itself on the offensive end while outscoring the Bulldogs 8-5 in the second to lead at the half 14-11 and 8-6 in the third to go up 22-17. Meanwhile, in the final period, Sturgeon rallied back with a 5-2 scoring edge to cut the lead back to two.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys gutted out a third win against a solid Sturgeon team. “We stalled out offensively in the fourth but our defense held out,” Schlotzhauer said.
Sid Hendrix had the hot hand for New Franklin with 12 points while Austin Jones chipped in six and Mason Bailey, Brendan Hundley and Zach Welbern each with two.
Sturgeon was led by Jessie Roberts with 10 points.
As for the New Franklin girls, they had a great first and fourth quarter while outscoring Sturgeon 10-4. The problem for the Lady Bulldogs was in the middle two periods as Sturgeon held a 24-8 advantage to win the game by a score of 28-18.
While the loss dropped New Franklin to 4-5 on the season, head coach Chris McGowan said the girls really struggled shooting the ball throughout the game.
“I felt like we were getting good shots, but we just didn’t make them,” McGowan said. “I thought after we missed some shots early in the game we started pressing mentally and tried to be too fine instead of just shooting the ball. Many times in basketball good shooting can camouflage a lot of flaws, but sometimes you can do a lot of things well and shoot poorly and it makes it seem like you really struggled throughout the game. I think that was the case with us in this game.”
Grace Hundley led the scoring attack in the game for New Franklin with seven points.
Kacie White tossed in five points while Lilly Oser, Katie Dobson and Lauren Evans added two points each.
Monday’s games
Brendan Hundley scored a team-high 11 points, leading the New Franklin boys ninth grade basketball team past Cairo 36-24 in CAC action Monday night in New Franklin.
The Bulldogs outscored or matched Cairo in each of the four quarters of play and led 21-14 at the half and 30-18 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Cairo matched New Franklin with six points.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the team played a solid defensive game against Cairo. “We moved the ball well and had good shot selection,” Schlotzhauer said.
Mason Bailey and Sid Hendrix chipped in seven points each while Aden Jones added six, Hunter Rohlfing three and Austin Jones with two.
Cairo was led by Dalton Reed with 13 points.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell to Cairo 37-29.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 4-4 on the season, trailed Cairo 9-5 after one, 22-14 at the half and 29-22 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Cairo outscored New Franklin 8-7.
New Franklin girls coach Chris McGowan said the girls played much better in this game than they have for a couple of weeks. “Our girls competed throughout the game against a very good Cairo team,” McGowan said. “We handled the ball much better and finished around the basket. We had a tough time rebounding on the backside which cost us too many baskets, but I was very pleased with the effort in this game.”
Courtney Botkins had 13 points and Keegan Ryan 11 to lead Cairo.
For New Franklin, Grace Hundley tossed in 12, Kacie White 10, Sasha Moore four, Sydney Dowell two and Madison Matney one.
In the B-team game, Cairo defeated New Franklin 23-6 in two quarters.
The Lady Bearcats outscored New Franklin 10-4 in the first and 13-2 in the second.
McGowan said the girls played hard throughout this game. “We struggled with our post defense and gave Cairo too many good looks at the basket which they took advantage of,” McGowan said. “We really need to work on being in the correct positions to give ourselves a chance.”
Lauren Evans, Bailey Young and Shailey Townlain each had two points in the game for New Franklin.