Lady Bulldogs prevail 51-41 behind the shooting of junior Madison Matney
The New Franklin boys basketball team must like living on the edge.
In a CAC game Tuesday night at home against the Cairo Bearcats, New Franklin rallied from a five-point deficit at the half by outscoring Cairo 24-16 in the second half for a 38-35 victory.
“We managed to squeak out a close win tonight,” said New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer. “I don’t know what percentage we shot from the floor, but it had to be extremely low. Cairo sat in a zone and we could not make anything from the perimeter and took it to the basket weakly the majority of the game. Cairo’s length changed a lot of our shots and I thought we backed down because of that.
“Defensively we only gave up 35, so that’s a positive. However, we gave up quite a few easy looks by simply not having our weakside help in correct position. We were pretty lucky to come up with a win tonight.”
While improving to 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the CAC, the Bulldogs came out a little lethargic on offense to start the game while trailing Cairo 11-3 after one. However, in the second quarter, New Franklin began to find its footing a little better while outscoring the Bearcats 11-8 to cut the lead to five at 19-14.
In the second half, the Bulldogs took a two-point lead after three by outscoring Cairo 13-6 to make it 27-25. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin again outscored the Bearcats 11-10 to win the game by three.
As for the scoring in the game for New Franklin, Bailey Lyons tossed in 10 points while Austin Jones and Mason Bailey added seven points each. Tyler Perkins chipped in six, Hunter Rohlfing four and Kolby Anson with one.
Cairo was led in scoring by Ian Denton with 10 points.
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The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team raised its season record to 6-1 overall and conference mark to 2-1 by beating the Cairo Bearcats in CAC action Tuesday night in New Franklin.
While dropping its first game of the season last week against the Madison Panthers, the Lady Bulldogs came out against Cairo and led at the end of the each quarter by taking a four-point lead at the half at 22-18. New Franklin also outscored Cairo 29-23 in the second half to garner the 10-point victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said for the first home game of the year the girls played extremely hard.
“Coming off a tough road loss last Friday, I thought the girls bounced back and battled a good Cairo squad,” Vetter said. “Defensively we executed what we talked about and wanted for this game specifically. Offensively we had many girls put up some big numbers under the scoring, rebounds, assists, and steal columns. Overall, I love the adversity they showed and am excited for our next contest against Tuscumbia at State Fair.”
Madison Matney had the game-high for New Franklin with 17 points. Shelby Breshears chipped in 10 while Grace Hundley added eight, Jasmine Himmelberg seven, Lauren Evans four, Cassie Armentrout three and Madison Maupin with two.
For Cairo, Mackenzie Dubbert had 16 points and Allison Keen with eight.