The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams opened its conference schedule Tuesday night on the road with impressive victories.
For the Lady Bulldogs, they defeated Slater by a score of 62-36. As for the New Franklin boys, Bailey Lyons led three players in double figures as the Bulldogs upended Slater 62-53.
The New Franklin girls, improving to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the CAC, outscored Slater in three out of the four quarters of play and led 28-15 at the break and 48-24 after three.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said she was really happy with the performance from the girls. “Everybody was ready to play and executed all the little things,” Vetter said. “We will continue our conference play with a tough road game on Friday against Madison.”
Jasmine Himmelberg and Madison Matney tied for the team-high for New Franklin with 16 points each. Himmelberg also finished the game with 14 rebounds and two assists while Matney added eight rebounds and three steals.
Shelby Breshears finished the game with eight points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals while Grace Hundley added seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals, Cassie Armentrout five points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals, Madison Maupin five points, three rebounds and one steal, Lauren Evans four points and two rebounds, Lilly Oser one point, four rebounds and one assist and Sydney Dowell with one rebound.
As for the New Franklin boys, they also led Slater for pretty much the entire ballgame while taking a 27-24 lead in the half. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Bulldogs again outscored Slater 17-7 to extend the lead to 44-31. Then, in the final period, Slater rallied back with a 22-18 advantage.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the Bulldogs earned an ugly win. “We are having trouble getting any flow to our offense,” Schlotzhauer said. “It makes it very hard to get easy baskets on that end of the floor. Against the best teams we play, we are going to have lots of trouble scoring if we don’t have any flow. Defensively was the biggest letdown tonight.  Our rebounding was less than impressive.  We must communicate better and work harder to get more stops as a unit.  Many times we have three or four kids doing the job and one or two just not.  A defense is only going to be as strong as its weakest link.  Right now, we have a few links that are pretty weak.”
Austin Jones chipped in 14 points for the Bulldogs. Sid Hendrix had 10, Mason Bailey five, Aden Jones and Kolby Anson four each, Tyler Perkins and Brendan Hundley two each and Gavin Bishop and Hunter Rohlfing with one point apiece.
In the boys JV game, New Franklin beat Slater 47-33.
Gavin Bishop had 12 points to lead all scorers for the Bulldogs, who led 19-15 at the half. Aden Jones chipped in 10, Kolby Anson and Carter Bailey seven points each, Tyler Perkins five and Jackson Dorson, Tyler Hackman and Crayton Gallatin each with two.
Slater was led by Gage Breshears with seven points.