The New Franklin boys junior high basketball team had its unbeaten streak tested to the fullest Tuesday night at home against the Fayette Falcons.
While entering the game at 10-0 on the season, the Bulldogs had to go one extra period to beat the Falcons by a score of 37-35 in overtime.
As for the New Franklin girls, they improved to 7-4 on the season by turning back Fayette 29-19.
The New Franklin boys, improving to 11-0 on the season, led Fayette by one at 14-13 at the half but was outscored 13-11 in the third quarter to trail by one at 26-25. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 7-6 advantage to tie the game at 32-all and then outscored the Falcons 5-3 in overtime for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said these two teams gave the fans a performance worth the price of admission tonight.
“Both teams wanted to win, but we were lucky enough to come out on top,” Schlotzhauer said. “The boys have strung three straight wins together in the last week. We haven’t played our best basketball, but they are gutting out wins. Good teams find a way to win and that’s what we have been doing. I’m very proud of how they are coming along this year. Hopefully we keep it rolling.”
Tanner Bishop led seven players in scoring for New Franklin with 14 points. Clayton Wilmsmeyer chipped in 11, Sawyer Felten and Owen Curry each with three and Keaton Eads, Connor Wilmsmeyer and Jacob Marshall with two points each.
Fayette was led by Chase Allen with 19 and Ben Wells with 10.
As for the New Franklin girls, they outscored Fayette in all four quarters and led 8-5 after one, 14-7 at the half and 21-13 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Bulldogs held a 8-6 advantage.
New Franklin girls coach Morgan Vetter said this was a much needed win for the girls.
“Overall good effort from everybody,” Vetter said. “I thought the girls executed our offense well. We once again bounce back next against Glasgow. I look forward to finishing out our season on a strong note.”
Addy Salmon led the scoring attack for New Franklin with 11 points. Faith Painter and Justice Singleton chipped in six while Carly Dorson added five and Kelsi Fair with one.
For Fayette, Kinley Heath had six points.
MONDAY’S GAMES
New Franklin boys still perfect after beating Cairo 46-43 in CAC action
The perfect season continues for the New Franklin boys junior  high basketball team.
Monday night in a CAC matchup against Cairo, the Bulldogs won a wild one against the Bearcats 46-43.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell at home against Cairo 45-23.
The New Franklin boys, improving to 10-0 on the season, led Cairo 9-5 after one and 17-13 at the half. However, in the third quarter, Cairo rallied back with a 18-9 advantage to lead New Franklin 31-26. The Bulldogs were just getting warmed up, though, and stormed back with a big fourth quarter by outscoring Cairo 20-12 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys had a great comeback to pull this game out. “I couldn’t be happier with the boys and their effort,” Schlotzhauer said. “We have a good group of guys who work together very well. We had a lot of things that didn’t go our way, but they stuck together and perservered for the win.”
Keaton Eads had 18 points and Tanner Bishop 15 to lead New Franklin in double figures.
Clayton Wilmsmeyer chipped in eight while Jacob Marshall added three and Sawyer Felten and Connor Wilmsmeyer each with two.
For Cairo, Logan Head had 15 and Logan Luecke with eight.
As for the New Franklin, they trailed led Cairo 11-3 at the end of the first quarter but was outscored 42-12 the rest of the way to suffer the loss.
Cairo led 20-15 at the half and 31-18 after three quarters of play.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls jumped out to a great lead and held it to a five point game at half. “The energy and ability is there, we just need to find that consistency within our offense and defense.”
Allison Dunwood led the scoring attack for Cairo with 20 points while Gracie Brumley chipped in 10 and Avery Martin with eight.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 6-4 on the season, Addy Salmon had 10, Faith Painter nine and Justice Singleton with four.