The New Franklin boys junior high basketball team outscored Fayette 28-13 in the first-two quarters and never looked back, beating the Falcons Wednesday night in Fayette by a score of 44-35.
The Bulldogs, improving to 4-2 on the season, opened the first quarter with a 11-7 lead against Fayette and then outscored the Falcons 17-6 in the second to extend the lead to 15 at the break. The second half, however, was just the opposite as Fayette rallied back with a 22-16 scoring edge to make it a nine-point ballgame.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys played pretty well against Fayette. “The boys got off to an early lead in the first half, but Fayette battled their way back in the second half,” Schlotzhauer said. “We had some foul trouble that we had to fight through to secure the win.”
Tyler Perkins led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 15 points. Carter Bailey tallied 14, Zac Held 10, Alex Grove and Crayton Gallatin two each and Jackson Dorson with one.
For Fayette, Kyle Schleeter had 22 points.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell on the road against Fayette by a score of 42-24.
The Lady Bulldogs, who dropped to 7-10 on the season, trailed Fayette 15-6 after one and 25-9 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin rallied back with a 11-7 scoring edge to cut the lead to 12 at 32-20. However, in the final period, Fayette outscored New Franklin 10-4 to win by 18.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls really had a tough time with Fayette’s press in the first half. “We continued to try to dribble through pressure instead of passing and it certainly didn’t work,” McGowan said. “In the second half we passed more and the results were better.”
Kia Jones had nine points to lead all scorers for New Franklin. Madelyn Chaney chipped in seven while Isabelle Matney added four and Hailey Jones and Campbell Cooper each with two.