The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams fell on the road Tuesday night against the Cairo Bearcats by the scores of 59-51 and 53-38, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 17-7 overall and 7-4 in the CAC, led Cairo 9-8 after first period’s end but was outscored 15-7 in the second quarter to trail 23-16 at the break. Cairo also dominated the final-two periods by outscoring New Franklin 30-22 to win the game by 15.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls had an off night against Cairo. “We had a few players step up big and play good, but never could get all five clicking at the same time,” Vetter said.”
Brynn Winkler had 22 points and Monica Tracy 12 to lead Cairo.
For New Franklin, Madison Matney and Grace Hundley finished the game with 16 points each while Cassie Armentrout chipped in three, Shelby Breshears two and Lauren Evans with one.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 5 of 14 shots from the foul line for 36 percent while Cairo made 14 of 23 shots for 61 percent.
As for the New Franklin boys, they trailed Cairo from the first quarter on as the Bearcats led 27-15 at the break and 35-32 after three quarters of play. However in the third quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Cairo 17-8 to cut the lead back to three. Unfortunately for New Franklin, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Cairo came out and outscored New Franklin 24-19 in the fourth to win by eight.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said Cairo is a tough place to play. “They had a nice crowd for their “Pink Night” game and got us down early,” Schlotzhauer said. “Once they had the lead, we focused in and battled back. We just weren’t ready to play from the tip. Our team is not always willing to do the things it takes to win games. If we were, we would win more than we do.”
Jalen Allison paced all scorers in the game for Cairo with 32 points.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 12-12 overall and 7-4 in the CAC, Austin Jones had 20 points while Bailey Lyons chipped in 13, Mason Bailey 12, Brendan Hundley three, Hunter Rohlfing two and Gavin Bishop with one.