New Franklin boys drop yet another close game against Slater 64-61

The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team opened the conference season on the right note Tuesday against the Slater Wildcats.
After finishing fourth over the weekend in the 87th annual Glasgow Tournament, the Lady Bulldogs came back Tuesday and led Slater from start to finish for a 69-47 win.
As for the New Franklin boys, they had yet another close game by losing to Slater 64-61.
The Lady Bulldogs, 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the CAC, opened the first half with a 20 point lead against Slater at 37-17. Meanwhile, in the second half, New Franklin outscored the Lady Wildcats 32-30 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said offensively the girls started to get in a steady rhythm and had seven individuals contribute in scoring. “I thought everybody played well and with a lot of heart tonight,” Vetter said. “I was happy with our team assists and steals especially. Everybody finding one another on the offensive end and staying active enough on the defensive end to get steals. We will once again face Madison on Friday at home. Another tough game ahead of us.”
Junior Shelby Breshears had 26 points to lead all scorers in the game for New Franklin. Breshears also finished the game with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Madison Matney chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and one steal while Grace Hundley added 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals, Madelyn Chaney seven points, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Lilly Oser five points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists, Lauren Evans four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal, Sydney Dowell two points, two rebounds and one steal, Jordan Leighton three rebounds and one assist, Kayce Hundley two rebounds and Campbell Cooper with one assist.
As for the New Franklin boys, they traded quarters in the first half with Slater. The Wildcats won the first period 20-12 while New Franklin took the second 23-6 to lead 35-26. The Bulldogs also took a six point lead (47-41) going into the final period before a rally by Slater. The Wildcats held a 23-14 advantage in the fourth quarter.
“We didn’t make the plays we needed to to come away with the victory,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson. “They out-played us in every aspect and we couldn’t get a stop when we needed it. We allowed them to have a big fourth quarter and majority of their possessions in the fourth ended with them shooting free throws. Compliments to the Slater Wildcats and their efforts, they will be a tough team all year long.”
Keshawn White had 29 points and Keegan Zydbel 17 for Slater.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 2-3, Carter Bailey had 14 points and two rebounds. Mason Bailey added 12 points and nine rebounds while Tyler Perkins chipped in 10 points and two0 rebounds, Gavin Bishop nine points, Bailey Lyons eight points and five rebounds, Aden Jones eight points and three rebounds and Jackson Dorson two points.
The Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 22 of 46 shots from the field and 8 of 13 from the foul line.