Every coach will tell you that if they can steal a few games here or there on the road during the season, it’s been a good year.
Such was the case for the New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams Tuesday night as the Lady Bulldogs prevailed by a score of 44-39 while the New Franklin boys cruised to a convincing 68-41 victory.
Although nobody saw this coming at the start of the season, the Lady Bulldogs currently stand at 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the CAC.
New Franklin coach Ryan Lyons said anytime you can pick up a win at Cairo, it’s a good night.
“We played solid defense again, and at times, better on the offensive end,” Lyons said. “Both teams had too many turnovers, but I thought the difference in the game w  as our shot selection versus theirs. I told my girls that if they would control the pace of the game, not get too rattled, take high quality shots, and keep the score of the game relatively low that they would have a good chance of winning the ballgame. Overall, they did these things and came away with a big conference win. What I’m most excited about is this: I think I’m just seeing the tip of the iceberg as far as their potential goes. I am looking forward to seeing them reach that potential. I am very proud of the unselfish play and effort that they gave once again.”
The Lady Bulldogs were definitely unselfish in their play against Cairo with seven different players in the scoring column. And with only one player in double figures, New Franklin did exactly what Coach Lyons had hoped by keeping the score relatively low while leading Cairo 23-21 at the break and 36-31 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin matched the Lady Bearcats point for point with eight to win by five.
As for the scoring in the game for New Franklin, Grace Hundley had the game-high with 12 points along with 11 rebounds for a double-double and three assists.
Molly Lyons finished the game with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots while Jasmine Himmelberg added nine points, seven rebounds and three steals, Madison Matney with six points, five rebounds and one assist, Cassie Armentrout with four points and three rebounds, Kacie White with two points, four rebounds and two assists and Lilly Oser with two points and one rebound.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 17 of 35 shots from the field for 49 percent and 6 of 11 from the foul line for 55 percent.
As for the New Franklin boys basketball team, they trailed Cairo 13-12 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 24-11 advantage in the second quarter to lead at the half by a score of 36-24. The Bulldogs never trailed after that while outscoring Cairo 32-17 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys played solidly in the second and third quarters. “I really thought that was the way we want to pace a game,” Schlotzhauer said. “Our guards did a great job in transition, especially when our defense gave us some good opportunities to run. We have to focus in at the beginning of games more consistently to get where we want to be though. Cairo is a team that you can’t let hang around in their own gym. When you have the chance to jump on them, you must do it.”
Senior Jerrod Riley did plenty of jumping Tuesday night with a game-high 20 points. Kaleb Anderton tossed in 16 points while Austin Jones added nine, Mason Bailey six, Ronnie Perkins, Jake Hendrix and Sid Hendrix each with four points, Brendan Hundley three and Bailey Lyons two.
For Cairo, Seth Hess had nine points.