The New Franklin boys basketball team finally got it right Friday night at home against the Madison Panthers.
After a 0-2 home record in their new gym, the Bulldogs can now say they have a winning streak after toppling the Madison Panthers 39-29.
The Bulldogs, improving to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAC, trailed Madison 12-9 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 6-2 advantage in the second to go up by one at the break 15-14. However, in the third quarter, Madison regained the lead by outscoring New Franklin 10-8 to make it 24-23. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, they still had one quarter left in the game and made the most of the opportunity by outscoring Madison 16-5 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said it was a defensive execution and an offensive struggle for the Bulldogs.
“If we are able to hold a team to 29 points, we should be pretty pleased but we still missed box outs and assignments at times,” Dobson said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well against their zone and credit to Madison for working hard on the defensive end. Our past two games have came down to the wire and has taken a toll mentally on the boys and you can tell, but we continued to battle tonight and got a little lead in the fourth and was able to hang on.”
Aden Jones had the game-high for New Franklin with 11 points. Bailey Lyons chipped in 10, Mason Bailey nine, Gavin Bishop five and Tyler Perkins with four.
For Madison, Austin Thomas had seven and Jimmy Layton six.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell to the Madison Panthers for the second time this season Friday night in New Franklin 63-41.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the CAC, trailed Madison 41-23 at the half and 50-33 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Madison outscored New Franklin 13-8.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said a big loss to a talented Madison squad.
“We are still working on our  weaknesses and strengths,” Vetter said. “I saw some good things, but we just have to make it more consistent. We have another big week for us with games against Cairo and Tuscumbia before the Christmas break begins. Both are away games so we must be mentally ready.”
Kaleigh Bennett led three players in double figures for Madison with 24 points. Taylor O’Bannon chipped in 14 while Biance Stock added 12.
For New Franklin, Madison Matney finished the game with 15 points. Shelby Breshears had 10, Lilly Oser eight, Lauren Evans four and Grace Hundley and Campbell Cooper each with two.
For the game, New Franklin hit 13 of 22 shots from the foul line while Madison made 12 of 16 shots.