Lady Bulldogs prevail 45-34; boys win in overtime 71-69
The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams did what many teams have failed to over the years Tuesday night on the road by beating the Sturgeon Bulldogs by the scores of 71-69 in overtime and 45-34, respectively.
For the Lady Bulldogs, the win put them at 13-6 overall and 4-3 in the CAC.
“It was nice to get a win under our belts again,” said New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter. “I thought the girls looked determined and strong the entire game. They were ready to play and ready to bounce back from two tough, previous weeks.”
After a rocky start in which both teams put up seven points, the Lady Bulldogs came out in the second quarter and burned the nets while tallying 19 points to lead Sturgeon 26-11. The two teams then flipped the scoring in the second half, with New Franklin winning the third 13-10 and Sturgeon dominating the fourth 13-6.
Junior Madison Matney had the game-high for New Franklin with 12 points. Jasmine Himmelberg chipped in 10, Shelby Breshears eight, Grace Hundley seven, Cassie Armentrout and Lilly Oser three each and Madison Maupin with two.
For Sturgeon, Lauren Mills and Jahnna Burris each had eight points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they played Sturgeon close the entire game while trailing 31-29 at the break only to take a one-point lead (42-41) after three. Meanwhile, after Sturgeon outscored the Bulldogs 15-14 in the fourth to tie the game at 56-all, New Franklin came back in overtime with a 15-13 advantage for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the Bulldogs had another hard fought contest with Sturgeon.
“It was a battle the entire night,” Schlotzhauer said. “I was pleased with how we handled the press for the most part. Sturgeon is very quick and gave a lot of pressure in the full court. Our guards handled the pressure much better than we have in earlier games. I’m glad to see that growth, because it has been one of our weaknesses. We got the ball in spots to score against the press. Defensively we guarded the lane pretty well. They hit 11 threes in the game, but we were able to come out with a win.”
Mason Bailey led three players in double figures for New Franklin, who improved to 10-9 overall and 5-2 in the CAC, with 21 points. Brendan Hundley tossed in 19, Austin Jones 13, Bailey Lyons eight, Hunter Rohlfing five, Tyler Perkins three and Gavin Bishop with two.
Kenney Stone had 20 points for Sturgeon.