Lady Bulldogs lose to Madison 57-53

The New Franklin boys basketball team moved one step closer to the championship in the 87th annual Glasgow Invitational Tournament after beating Slater 52-47 in the semifinal round on Thursday.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell to No. 2 Madison in the semifinal round 57-53.
The Bulldogs, improving to 2-1 on the season, trailed Slater 27-22 at the half and 34-32 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 20-13 advantage in the final period.
“We won a hard fought game against a very good Slater team,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson.  “We fell behind early due to them hitting some big shots in the first half.  I told the boys to remain calm and keep doing what we do best on the defensive end and we will be just fine.  Our team played well together as we remained calm during the tough stretches of the game.  I was pleased with everyone that played and looking forward to the rematch against Fayette on Saturday.”
Mason Bailey had 18 points, nine rebounds and one assist to lead New Franklin. Bailey Lyons finished the game with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals while Aden Jones added nine points, three assists and one rebound, Tyler Perkins seven points, five steals and four rebounds and Gavin Bishop with six points, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
New Franklin finished the game 8 of 9 from the foul line and 20 of 41 from the field.
For Slater, Keshawn White had 17 points and Chandler Zydbel with 10.
As for the New Franklin girls, they led Madison by nine (33-24) at the break but was outscored 18-13 in the third quarter as the Lady Panthers cut the lead back to four at 46-42. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Madison outscored New Franklin 15-7 to win by four.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said tough loss but was proud of the girl’s effort and overall poise.
“They executed exactly what we wanted,” Vetter said. “Few mistakes throughout the ballgame but that’s part of it being early in the season and something we will work on and only get better at later in the year. Must bounce back and be ready to play Glasgow on Saturday for third place.”
Biance Stocks had 15 and Charity Morris 12 to lead all scorers for Madison.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 2-1 on the season, Grace Hundley had 21, Shelby Breshears 13, Madison Matney 12, Lilly Oser three and Jordan Leighton and Lauren Evans each with two.
In other games on Thursday, Maycee Edgar had 14 points to lead Marceline girls past Westran 47-38 in the consolation semifinals. Maddy Denslow had 24 for Westran. Meanwhile, in the boys consolation semifinal game, Avery Hammond tossed in 19 and Ben Miller 16 as Westran beat Madison 61-52. Jimmy Layton had 19 points and Dakota Lafferty 14 for Madison.