Lady Bulldogs beat Salisbury in overtime, 53-48
Eleven opponents fell by the wayside against the New Franklin Bulldogs in the month of January and part of February.
That is until Friday’s game on the road against the Salisbury Panthers. Although New Franklin is still undefeated in the conference during that span, Salisbury snapped the Bulldogs 11-game win streak with a 52-47 victory.
While the loss dropped New Franklin to 15-5 on the season, head coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys didn’t play well against Salisbury.
“ We gave Salisbury too many easy baskets around the rim and from turnovers,” Schlotzhauer said. “You don't beat teams like Salisbury playing that way. I really thought we fought and competed, but didn't deserve to win. The little things in games like that will get you beaten. We have to be a tougher team as the season progresses.”
The Panthers led at the end of each quarter against New Franklin by taking a 16-13 advantage after one and a 26-20 lead into the half. Salisbury also outscored the Bulldogs 11-10 in the third period to extend the lead to 37-30. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin had its best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring Salisbury 17-15 to cut the lead to five.
Francis led all scorers in the game for Salisbury with 18.
For New Franklin, Kaleb Anderton knocked down 18 points while Jerrod Riley added nine, Blake Carleton and Ronnie Perkins each with six, Austin Jones and Jake Hendrix with three each and Bailey Lyons with two.
As for the New Franklin girls, they defeated Salisbury in another close game 53-48 in overtime.
The Lady Bulldogs, improving to 14-6 on the season, trailed Salisbury 14-13 after first period’s end before rally back with a 9-8 advantage in the second quarter to tie the game at 22-all. Meanwhile, Salisbury held a 9-8 scoring edge in the third quarter, New Franklin came back and outscored the Lady Panthers 15-14 in the final period to tie the game at 45-45. Then, in overtime, New Franklin pulled away with a 8-3 advantage to win the game by five.
New Franklin coach Ryan Lyons said he sounds like a broken record.
“We continue to play well on the defensive end of the court, but continue to struggle on the offensive end and at the free‐throw line,” Lyons said. “Toughness and a will to compete have resulted in most of our 14 wins this season. I am happy to see a more balanced scoring attack (having various people lead us in scoring from night to night) and I think this will make us increasingly harder to beat as the regular season comes to an end. I joked with the girls after the game that the night they shoot 50% from the field and the free‐throw line I will retire. They are such a great group of girls, and I know they want to succeed in every aspect of the game more than I want them to. And, it’s just a matter of time before they do. I can’t wait to see it.”
Kacie White had the team-high for New Franklin, who improved to 14-6, with 12 points along with five rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Madi Matney finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds while Cassie Armentrout added nine points, one rebound and one assist, Grace Hundley with eight points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Jasmine Himmelberg with seven points, five rebounds and two steals, Molly Lyons with four points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals and Lilly Oser with two points, one rebound and one assist.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished the game shooting 34 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line.
For Salisbury, Bailey Frashiewiez had 15 points and Kelsey Marck with 13.