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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Bulldogs put up a good fight in 69-62 loss to Harrisburg

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  • After knocking off the No. 4 Sturgeon Bulldogs in the semifinal round of the Class 2 District 7 Tournament Tuesday night in Harrisburg, the No. 5 New Franklin Bulldogs turned its attention immediately to top-seeded Harrisburg and what they needed to do in order to reach the championship.
    Although Harrisburg won the previous meeting 69-46 in the Glasgow Tournament back in November, the Bulldogs have gotten considerably better since then while sporting a record of 14-12.
    And after the first quarter, New Franklin looked to play the part as a spoiler while playing Harrisburg to a 17-17 tie. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they had no answer in the middle two periods as Harrisburg outscored New Franklin 32-25 for a 69-62 victory.
    New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys played a solid game against Harrisburg to finish the season.
    “I was very pleased how the boys kept their composure and the pressure on Harrisburg until the end,” Schlotzhauer said. “We had them on the ropes, but they made plays down the stretch to win the game. You have to tip your hat to them for fighting through and coming out on top. We couldn’t be more proud of how we finished the season. We hope our solid play at the end of the year builds into next year.”
    The Bulldogs can definitely build on the game after trailing Harrisburg by just one at 28-27 at the half and 49-42 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin matched Harrisburg with 20 points but couldn’t make up for the seven-point deficit.
    Jacob Rudkin had 15 points and Blake Berry 12 for Harrisburg.
    For New Franklin, who closed out the season at 14-13 overall, Tanner White led four players in double figures with 14. Blake Carleton tossed in 13, Jerrod Riley 12, Ryley Lyons 10, Jake Hendrix with eight and Tyler Hull with five.
    In the only other game last night, No. 3 Father Tolton knocked off No. 2 Salisbury 80-69.
    Father Tolton will play Harrisburg in the championship game on Saturday, March 1 starting at 2:45 p.m.  Meanwhile, in the girls championship game, No. 1 New Franklin will play No. 2 Harrisburg at 1.

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