The New Franklin boys and girls junior high basketball teams fell at home Monday night in CAC action, losing to Northeast of Cairo by the scores of 39-20 and 42-21, respectively.
The Bulldogs, falling to 7-2 on the season, trailed Cairo from the opening tip as the Bearcats took a 19-0 lead after one and a 23-8 advantage at the break. Cairo also outscored New Franklin 16-12 in the second half.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said Cairo seems to have the Bulldogs number this season.
“They came out in the first quarter and just ran right over us,” Schlotzhauer said. “They were the aggressor in the game and we didn’t take to that well. We try do that to other teams, but they are a very talented, hard-working group. We have to play much better to be in the game with them.”
Jack Prewett had the game-high for Cairo with 11 points.
For New Franklin, Tiernan Hoover tallied five points. Blake Evans and Sammy Marshall chipped in four each while Caleb Hull and Clayton Wilmsmeyer added three points each and Keaton Eads with one.
As for the New Franklin girls, they also trailed from the opening tip as Cairo led 8-4 after first period’s end, 23-5 at the half and 30-12 after three quarters of play. The Lady Bearcats also outscored New Franklin 12-9 in the fourth.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls had a tough time with Cairo’s pressure throughout the game.  
“They certainly dictated the pace of the game and it wasn’t too our advantage,” McGowan said.  “When we were able to slow down and set up an offense we were successful, but most of the time we were scrambling which didn’t lead to very many productive possessions.”
Allison Dunwoody had the high game for Cairo with 12 points.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 5-4 on the season, Autumn Nichols tossed in six points. Abby Maupin finished the game with five while Carly Dorson added four and Justice Singleton and Addy Salmon each with three.
New Franklin will play next on Thursday at Glasgow starting at 5 p.m.