Lady Bulldogs lose to Sturgeon 40-25

The New Franklin Bulldogs basketball team held off a fourth quarter rally by Sturgeon for a 47-45 win Friday night in CAC action at Sturgeon.
The Bulldogs, improving to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference, opened the first quarter with a 16-8 lead against Sturgeon and then outscored the Bulldogs 10-8 in the second to go into the half on top 26-16. Meanwhile, after holding a 9-7 advantage in the third to extend the lead to 12 at 35-23, New Franklin had to hold on in the final eight minutes as Sturgeon rallied back with a 23-12 scoring edge.
“We worked hard defensively for the first-three quarters and then quit working in the fourth,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson. “We allowed to many points in the fourth and the boys knew that. Credit to Sturgeon by not giving up and turning up the pressure in the fourth. I am very proud of the boys by overcoming many obstacles in the game and pulling out a victory on the road at a difficult place to play for any visiting team.”
Tyler Perkins led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 17 points. Bailey Lyons and Gavin Bishop chipped in 11 while Mason Bailey and Carter Bailey added four points each.
For Sturgeon, Kenny Stone had 22 and Jesse Roberts 10.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell on the road against Sturgeon by a score of 40-25.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the CAC, trailed Sturgeon 21-13 at the half  and then was outscored 19-12 in the final two periods.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said once again the Lady Bulldogs are trying to beat the odds.
“The girls are sticking with it and working hard,” Vetter said. “We will continue to work and improve. I am always proud of the effort and heart they give every night.”
Senior Sydney Dowell had a career night for the Lady Bulldogs by tossing in 11 points. Madison Matney chipped in nine while Lilly Oser added three and Madelyn Chaney with two.
The New Franklin boys and girls will play next on Tuesday, Jan. 16th on the road against the Salisbury Panthers starting at 5 p.m.