The New Franklin boys and girls junior high basketball teams opened the season in convincing fashion Friday night against St. Mary’s of Glasgow.
While the Lady Bulldogs beat St. Mary’s 38-13, the New Franklin boys prevailed with an even bigger margin by beating the Jaguars 58-20.
The New Franklin girls, 1-0 on the season, outscored St. Mary’s of Glasgow in all four quarters of play and led 12-2 after one, 20-7 at the half and 27-9 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Bulldogs outscored St. Mary’s 11-4.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls played extremely well for their first game. “The girls executed the offense and stayed aggressive on defense,” Vetter said. “The hustle was excellent and we look forward to building off this win and taking things over to the Prairie Home Tournament this week.”
Carly Dorson led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 12 points. Addy Salmon and Justice Singleton each chipped in 11 points while Faith Painter added four.
For St. Mary’s of Glasgow, Maddie Foster tossed in six points while Claire Hammons added four points and Olivia Fuemmeler with three points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they led St. Mary’s of Glasgow from the opening tip and took a 32-16 advantage into the half. The Bulldogs also outscored the Jaguars 26-4 in the second half to win by 38.
New Franklin boys basketball coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the team did a nice job of setting the pace of the game the entire night.
“We gave up a few easy baskets early in the game, but really settled in as the game went along on the defensive end. We scored on turnovers very well and moved the ball well in the half court as well to get good looks. For our first showing of the season, I was very happy with our effort and focus for four quarters.”
Tanner Bishop led the scoring attack in the game for New Franklin with 16 points. Clayton Wilmsmeyer chipped in 10 while Sawyer Felten and Drake Clark added eight points each, Keaton Eads five, Connor Wilmsmeyer four, Jacob Marshall three and Owen Curry and Sven Wilson each with two points.
St. Mary’s of Glasgow was paced by Jordan Fuemmeler with 12 points.