Lady Bulldogs fall to Sturgeon 52-33
The New Franklin boys basketball team had a chance to make a statement Tuesday night while hosting the Sturgeon Bulldogs in CAC action.
After finishing 1-2 last week in the Sturgeon Tournament, the Bulldogs could also prove that last week’s games were a fluke while at the same time keep pace for the conference title with just one loss.
As it turned out, New Franklin delivered on both counts by beating Sturgeon 50-44 in the annual “Pink Out” game while improving to 6-1 in the CAC.
“I thought the boys really turned it around after a rough week last week,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson. “They all came to play as a team, and they really put individual accomplishments aside and worked together. I am pleased with our efforts overall. Towards the end of the game we made a few mistakes, but we can learn from those.”
The Bulldogs also took the initiative to start the game by bolting out to a 10-2 lead with 4:40 left while Sturgeon may have showed signs of a hangover after capturing first over the weekend in their own tournament.
Either way, New Franklin did what it had to while limiting Sturgeon to just one shot and converting on the other end by hitting 5 of 10 shots from the field in the opening period for 50 percent.
The only real negative early on was the turnovers as New Franklin turned it over five times in the first eight minutes.
The Bulldogs also kept pace with Sturgeon in the second quarter while matching the visiting team with 10 points to lead at the break by a score of 25-20. Of course it didn’t hurt when sophomore Gavin Bishop hit back to back threes to extend the lead to eight at 24-16 with 3:06 left in the second. However over the next two minutes and 20 seconds, Sturgeon cut the lead to 25-20 after five straight points by junior Kenny Stone.
The third quarter was back and forth, with Sturgeon outscoring New Franklin 7-2 in the first-three minutes to tie the game at 27-all. The Bulldogs never got any closer as New Franklin closed out the period on a 7-2 run to extend the lead to eight at 37-29.
New Franklin also finished the final minute and 33 seconds with six straight points.
With a eight point lead to begin the final period, the Bulldogs came out and spread the floor to run off some time on the clock. But it almost backfired as Sturgeon forced three straight turnovers to cut the lead to three at 41-38 with 3:25 left. Sturgeon also trailed 44-41 with 1:09 left after three foul shots by Stone after being fouled behind the three point arc.
Luckily for New Franklin, they had time on their side and upped the lead back to five at 46-41 after two foul shots by Tyler Perkins with 49 seconds remaining. Sturgeon still made it interesting after Jake Snider hit a three to cut the lead to two at 46-44 with 33 seconds left. However it was all New Franklin after that as Bishop and Perkins both closed out the game with four straight foul shots.
Perkins led all scorers for New Franklin with 17 points. Bailey Lyons chipped in 12 while Gavin Bishop added 10, Mason Bailey six, Jackson Dorson three and Carter Bailey with two.
New Franklin also made their free throws when it counted by hitting 15 of 21 shots for 71 percent.
For Sturgeon, Kenny Stone and Jake Snider each had 15 points.
Sturgeon (G) 52
New Franklin 33
The Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs basketball team overcame a barrage of three pointers by New Franklin for a 52-33 win in CAC action Tuesday night at New Franklin.
New Franklin, dropping to 5-14 overall and 1-5 in the CAC, trailed Sturgeon 15-8 after one and 29-23 at the break. However of the 23 points, the Lady Bulldogs scored 21 behind the three-point arc with seven threes.
While missing two starters for the rest of the season due to injury, New Franklin kept the game close at least for the first 16 minutes. Senior Lilly Oser also did her part while scoring 15 of the team’s 17 points in the first half.
Of course the Lady Bulldogs had the perfect game plan against New Franklin. Due to an inexperienced bench, Sturgeon pushed the ball at every opportunity and crashed the boards when possible.
Senior Sydney Dowell also kept New Franklin in the ballgame late with back to back three pointers from the corner.
New Franklin never got any closer than 11 points for the rest of the game as Sturgeon came out to start the second half on a 10-0 run to go up 39-23. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored New Franklin 14-5 in the third to extend the lead to 15 at 43-28.
Sturgeon also held a 9-5 advantage in the fourth to win the game by 19.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the team as a whole had a lot of unforced turnovers that hurt early and late in the game. “The girls hung tough, especially in the first half,” Vetter said. “Good signs as far as our confidence shooting the ball. Defensively, though, we need to tighten things up and limit the second chance opportunities.”
Emma Bright led three players in double figures for Sturgeon, who improved to 13-7 overall and 6-2 in the CAC, with 15 points. Lauren Mills chipped in 11 while Jahna Burris added 10.
For New Franklin, Lilly Oser had 15, Madison Matney eight, Sydney Dowell six and Campbell Cooper with four.