New Franklin boys beat Westran 49-40 for first win of the season
New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball coach Morgan Vetter knew the Madison Lady Panthers were much improved.
So when New Franklin drew Madison in the opening game in the 86th annual Glasgow Invitational Tournament, Vetter knew her Lady Bulldogs were going to be in for a battle.
As it turned out, Vetter was right as the Lady Panthers gave New Franklin everything they wanted and more before falling by a score of 40-35.
As for the New Franklin boys, they also had a battle on their hands against Westran in a No. 3 versus No. 6 matchup with the Bulldogs winning 49-40.
In other games on Tuesday, the No. 2 Glasgow girls beat seventh-seeded Fayette 46-31 while the second-seeded Fayette boys upended Slater 65-51.
The Lady Bulldogs, improving to 2-0 on the season, opened the first half with a five-point lead against Madison at 15-10 and then matched the Panthers with 13 in the third quarter to go up 28-23. However, in the final period, Vetter said Madison went up by two with a little over a minute in the game. Vetter said Shelby Breshears then scored on a steal by Grace Hundley to tie the game while senior Jasmine Himmelberg sealed it late by hitting three free throws.
“The game was kind of back and forth to the end,” Vetter said. “I thought the girls played hard and I thought the intensity for the entire game was there. We just need to finish the first shot down the floor and finish our free throws. Madison is improved from last year and on top of that they’re young.”
Shelby Breshears led the scoring attack for New Franklin with 13 points. Madison Matney chipped in 10 while Jasmine Himmelberg added nine, Cassie Armentrout four, Grace Hundley three and Madison Maupin one.
The Lady Bulldogs also hit on 14 of 45 shots from the field for 31 percent and 10 of 24 from the foul line for 42 percent.
Madison was led by Keleigh Bennett and Biance Stocks each with nine points.
As for the New Franklin boys, head coach Jim Schlotzhauer said his Bulldogs earned a win on the defensive end against Westran.
“Other than the first quarter I felt we guarded and rebounded fairly well,” Schlotzhauer said. “We picked up the effort level, but still lacked solid communication. Offensively we struggled with turnovers for the second straight game. We must come out of the gates being more sure of ourselves with the ball. As the season progresses, our kids should become more and more comfortable with their roles. I think that will help us in being more consistent for four quarters.”
The Bulldogs had plenty of consistency in the first quarter while playing Westran to a 11-11 tie. However it was pretty much all New Franklin after that as the Bulldogs outscored Westran 38-27 for the victory.
Bailey Lyons led eight players in the scoring column for New Franklin with 13 points. Sid Hendrix chipped in 10, Austin Jones seven, Aden Jones six, Hunter Rohlfing five, Brendan Hundley four and Tyler Perkins and Mason Bailey each with two.
For Westran, Ben Miller had 10 points.
In other games, Jaden Monnig had 22 points and Abby Littrell 12 for the Glasgow girls, who led Fayette 18-15 at the half and 36-19 after three quarters of play.
Samantha Conrow had the team high for Fayette with 12 points.
As for the Fayette boys, they led Slater 33-25 at the break and then outscored the Wildcats 32-26 in the second half.
Blake Dawson had 27 to lead all scorers for Fayette. Tommy Phillips added 16.
For Slater, Keshawn White had 22 points.