Himmelberg, Hundley lead Lady Bulldogs past Slater, 52-34
The New Franklin boys basketball team picked up its ninth straight win in the Central Activities Conference Tuesday night on the road by beating the Slater Wildcats by a score of 52-34.
While improving to 17-5 overall and 9-0 in the CAC, New Franklin boys basketball coach Jim Schlotzhauer also picked up his 100th career victory.
“We played sluggishly the majority of the game,” Schlotzhauer said. “We must work on moving the ball without tipped passes and turnovers. We had a lot of empty possessions from our unforced mistakes. Slater has improved a lot for sure, but there were a lot of things we could control that we didn’t do well. I thought our defense was pretty solid with the exception of the first-four minutes.”
Even then the Bulldogs still managed to lead Slater 14-7 after first period’s end. After that it was just a matter of finishing, which the Bulldogs did by outscoring the Wildcats 14-5 in the second to push the lead to 16 at the half at 28-12. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin had its best scoring quarter of the ballgame by putting up 18 points while holding Slater to just 10 to extend the lead to 24 at 46-22. Then, in the final period, the Wildcats rallied back with a 12-6 advantage.
Senior Jerrod Riley had 20 points to lead all scorers for New Franklin while Bailey Lyons chipped in 11, Kaleb Anderton seven, Blake Carleton and Jake Hendrix each with four and Austin Jones, Mason Bailey and Brendon Hundley each with two.
Slater was led by Cole England with 17 points.
As for the New Franklin girls, they won by the same identical score of 52-34 over the Lady Wildcats.
The only difference is that New Franklin had to rally back in the second half to beat Slater. Although the Lady Bulldogs jumped out on top in the first quarter to lead the Wildcats 11-8, Slater came back and held a 14-8 advantage in the second period to lead at the half by a score of 22-19. That turned out to be the last lead in the ballgame for Slater as New Franklin rallied back with a 16-10 advantage in the third period to lead by three at 35-32. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Bulldogs outscored Slater 17-2 to win the game by 18.
New Franklin coach Ryan Lyons said playing two conference games on back to back nights was tough for the team.
“Monday’s win over Pilot Grove took a lot out of the girls and it showed last night at Slater,” Lyons said. “We started out well going up 8‐0, but then went into an offensive slump until the start of the 4th quarter and then we got back on track. I was glad to see our team respond with maturity to the ugly situation we put ourselves in. Luckily we have a couple days to rest up before facing Glasgow on Friday night. If my math is correct, we are now in second place in the CAC. We will continue to take things one game at a time and do the best we can to keep improving on both ends of the floor.”
Jasmine Himmelberg and Grace Hundley each had 13 points in the game for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the CAC. Himmelberg also had 10 rebounds for a double-double along with three steals and two assists while Hundley added six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Madi Matney also scored in double figures with 10 points along with seven rebounds and one assist while Cassie Armentrout added six points and four rebounds, Molly Lyons with four points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists, Kacie White with four points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists and Bailey Young with two points.
New Franklin also finished the game shooting 33 percent from the field and 58 percent from the foul line.
For Slater, Peeples and Wright each had seven points while Mikels chipped in five.