After facing off against No. 2 seed South Callaway in the semifinal round of the Sturgeon Tournament on Thursday, New Franklin coach Ross Dobson knew his Bulldogs faced an even bigger task Saturday in the third place game against top-seeded New Bloomfield.
While the Wildcats fell to Sturgeon in a semifinal matchup 44-41, Dobson knew that New Bloomfield was slightly motivated going into Saturday’s game.
He was right. The Wildcats outscored New Franklin in every quarter but the fourth en route to a 62-33 victory.
“If we want to win games against good teams we will need to take care of the ball and have a high two point percentage,” Dobson said. “We need to get ready for a good Sturgeon team on Tuesday.”
The Bulldogs, dropping to 12-6 on the season, trailed New Bloomfield from the opening tip as the Wildcats led 18-5 after one, 41-17 at the break and 54-24 after three. Meanwhile, with a running clock to start the fourth, New Franklin came back and outscored New Bloomfield 9-8.
Kyle Emerson had 19, Jak Kitchens 13 and Jalen Martin with 12 for New Bloomfield.
For New Franklin, Bailey Lyons had eight, Carter Bailey seven, Tyler Perkins six and Mason Bailey and Kolby Anson each with four points.
The Bulldogs also struggled from the foul line by hitting only 6 of 19 shots for 32 percent.
New Franklin (G) 37
Westran 35
The New Franklin girls basketball team captured the seventh place trophy in the Sturgeon Tournament on Friday by beating Westran 37-35.
The Lady Bulldogs, improving to 5-12 on the season, opened the first half with a 22-16 lead against Westran and held a 30-25 advantage after three. However in the fourth quarter, Westran rallied back with a 10-7 scoring edge to cut the lead to two.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said she was very happy with the nailbiting win.
“The girls played hard and knocked down key shots when they needed them,” Vetter said. “Defensively, they came up big down the stretch when we really needed a stop. Much deserved win for this group and once again, we have a big week ahead of us. We see Sturgeon again on Tuesday.”
Madison Matney had a game-high 16 points to lead New Franklin. Lilly Oser chipped in 11 while Campbell Cooper added five, Sydney Dowell three and Madelyn Chaney with two.
New Franklin also hit on 8 of 10 shots from the foul line for 80 percent.
For Westran, Maddy Denslow had 16 points.