Will play Knox County in quarterfinals Saturday at MACC
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team have been there and done that when it comes to falling behind and then rallying back late for the victory.
Such was the case again last night in a Class 1 Sectional game at Jeff City High School as the Lady Bulldogs fell behind 19-12 at the half against New Bloomfield only to rally back in the second half for a 46-39 victory.
New Franklin, now 27-1 on the season, will advance to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament on Saturday, March 8th at Moberly Area Community College. The Lady Bulldogs will face Knox County, 25-4, starting at 12 noon. Knox County beat Clopton last night in sectional play 69-44.
As for the game last night, New Franklin couldn’t have come out any colder while hitting only 3 of 10 shots from the field in the first quarter and 2 of 8 in the second period.
Add it up and its no wonder that New Bloomfield led New Franklin 10-7 after one and 19-12 at the half.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said his team really struggled in the first half. “New Bloomfield’s pressure gave us problems and we didn’t finish around the rim very well,” McGowan said. “This was a very physical game, and I didn’t feel like we adjusted to the style of play in the first half.”
Luckily for the Lady Bulldogs, they still had one half to play. And to no surprise, New Franklin made the most of the opportunity by rallying in the third quarter with a 12-5 advantage to tie the game at 24-all.
The Lady Bulldogs also cut down on their turnovers in the second half after turning it over 12 times in the first-two periods. New Franklin also converted better while hitting on 11 of 21 shots from the field in the second half.
McGowan said he thought his team was getting a lot of the same shots, but they were finishing them in the second half.
“We really rebounded well in the second half and that got us some good looks,” McGowan said. “Our team doesn’t panic easily which allows us the opportunity at making a comeback. At times in the last week, we have been on the border of losing our composure, but we have stuck with it and perservered. Our balance also helps us, because when one player is having a tough time, others have consistently stepped up and made a positive difference. We just need to put together two good halves for the rest of the season.
The one quarter that New Franklin made it count the most turned out to be the difference in the game as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away in the final period against New Bloomfield with a 22-15 scoring edge.
New Franklin also improved on its shooting for the game by hitting 16 of 39 shots for 41 percent and 12 of 22 from the foul line for 55 percent.
As for the scoring in the game, Madi Lyons led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points and eight rebounds along with two steals and one assist.
Jasmyne Boggs finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds along with three assists and two steals while Kalani Pihana chipped in seven points, two rebounds and one steal, Aislinn Himmelberg with six points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, Aly Hundley with six points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Jasmine Himmelberg with two points, Sara Montgomery with one point and two rebounds and Derian Dodson with four rebounds and one assist.
For New Bloomfield, Sydni Bedsworth tossed in 10 points.