Beats Stover in a No. 2 versus No. 7 matchup 56-39

The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 2 District 14 Tournament Monday night in Smithton by beating the Stover Lady Bulldogs 56-39.
The Lady Bulldogs, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, improved to 18-8 on the season. New Franklin will play No. 3 Sedalia Sacred Heart in the semifinal round on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. Sacred Heart beat sixth-seeded Windsor in the opening round 51-37.
In other games in the tournament, No. 1 Tipton upended eighth-seeded Lincoln 63-31 while fourth-seeded Sweet Springs beat No. 5 Smithton 58-45.
Tipton will play Sweet Springs in the first game on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
The winners in the semifinal round will advance to the championship on Saturday, Feb. 25th starting at 5 p.m.
New Franklin girls basketball coach Morgan Vetter said she was happy with the girls’ performance for the first round of district play. “Overall, I thought they played with a lot of heart and that’s what we need the most during this part of the season,” Vetter said. “We play again Wednesday against Sacred Heart. This will be a tough game against a talented ballclub, but we are more than ready for the challenge.”
New Franklin appeared to be up for the challenge on Monday while leading Stover 15-1 after first period’s end, 30-9 at the half and 47-18 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period with the starters on the bench, Stover rallied back and outscored New Franklin 21-9.
Junior Madison Matney finished the game with a double-double for New Franklin with 19 points and 15 rebounds. She also had three assists and one steal in the game.
Cassie Armentrout had 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals while Shelby Breshears added 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal, Grace Hundley five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists, Jasmine Himmelberg four points, nine rebounds and one assist, Lilly Oser three points and four rebounds, Lauren Evans one point, one rebound and one assist and Madison Maupin with two rebounds.
New Franklin finished the game against Stover shooting 39 percent from the field and 44 percent from the foul line.
Stover was led by Shelby Jackson with 12 points.