Sturgeon boys upend New Franklin, 55-15

The New Franklin boys and girls junior high basketball teams  fell on the road Tuesday night in CAC action against the Sturgeon Bulldogs.
While the Lady Bulldogs dropped a two-point decision against Sturgeon 15-13, the New Franklin boys had a little tougher time while losing to Sturgeon 55-15. New Franklin’s B-team girls also fell against Sturgeon in only two quarters of play 31-0.
The Lady Bulldogs A-team, dropping to 3-7 on the season, led Sturgeon 6-2 after first period’s end but was outscored 13-7 for the rest of the game to suffer the loss.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a fun and competitive game where baskets were at a premium.  
“Both teams struggled shooting, but Sturgeon’s offensive rebounding was probably the difference in the game,” McGowan said. “Both teams had some chances late in the game but Sturgeon was able to hold on for the win.  I thought our girls did a much better job of handling the press which was certainly encouraging but now we need to convert our opportunities into points at a much higher percentage.”
Abygale Maupin had the team-high for New Franklin with six points. Isabelle Matney chipped in three while Kristen Flick and Kayce Hundley added two points each.
As for the New Franklin boys, they trailed Sturgeon from the opening tip as the Bulldogs led 35-11 at the half and 51-13 after three quarters of play. Sturgeon also held a 4-2 advantage in the final period.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys were very hesitant to score against the pressure defense of Sturgeon.  
“They really set the pace early with some solid traps using their quickness and size,” Schlotzhauer said.  “Our boys did a good job at times in getting the ball to scoring areas, but we just didn't put the ball in the basket. Defensively we have trouble against them, because they are so athletic and get the ball out so quickly.  We have to communicate as a group to get stops against them.”
Jacob Brooks paced all scorers in the game for Sturgeon with 14 points.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 2-7 on the season, Tysen Dowell chipped in six points while Blake Evans and Brett Boggs tossed in four points and Caleb Hull with one point.
In the girls B-team game, Sturgeon led New Franklin 10-0 after one and then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 21-0 in the second quarter.
McGowan said this was a frustrating game for our girls. “Sturgeon’s press really bothered us in the first quarter,” McGowan said. “We struggled all night to get everyone in the correct spots. I felt like the girls were trying to do the right things, but we just weren’t able to complete plays the way we want.”
Grace Thomas had 10 of the team’s 31 points for Sturgeon’s B-team.