New Franklin A boys topple Panthers, 66-10
The Prairie Home girls junior high basketball team used its home court to its advantage Monday night while beating the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs by a score of 26-22.
The Lady Panthers, improving to 7-4 on the season, trailed New Franklin 13-12 at the break before rallying back with a 14-9 scoring edge in the second half for the victory.
Both teams were tied after three quarters of play at 17-17.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said overall this was a good team win.
“We have to better in situations and we have been in enough close games that we should know what we are doing,” Armontrout said. “I thought offensively we moved the ball well and took really good shots. Defensively, we got shy from being aggressive in rebounding because we were foul trouble. We rebounded when we needed to and hit free throws when we needed to. But I would like to see us be better at knowing the situation. Look to continue to add wins vs New Bloomfield on Thursday and Jamestown next Monday.”
Madison Brown led the scoring attack in the game for Prairie Home with 16 points along with six rebounds and six steals.
Allison Simmons finished the game with four points, seven rebounds and one steal while Paiton Williams added three points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal, Makayla Davis with two points, Aubree Hedgepath with one point and Kamden Holliday with one steal.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said this was a disappointing effort by the girls.
“We didn’t start the game with much intensity or concentration, and prairie Home took advantage of it,” McGowan said. “We managed to get back into the game, but Prairie Home made plays when they needed to and we didn’t. Hopefully the girls learned some lessons from this game and we will improve as the season continues.”
Abby Maupin had the team-high for New Franklin, who dropped to 2-2, with eight points. Justice Singleton chipped in six, Carly Dorson four and Addy Salmon and Autumn Nichols each with two.
New Franklin A (B) 66
Prairie Home 10
The New Franklin A boys junior high basketball team jumped out to a 21-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, beating Prairie Home Monday night in Prairie Home.
The Bulldogs, improving to 4-0 on the season, outscored Prairie Home in all four quarters of play and led 33-4 at the half and 53-6 after three quarters. New Franklin also held a 13-4 advantage in the final period.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys did a nice job of moving the ball both in transition and the half court.
“We got lots of open looks by running the floor hard and attacking the basket,” Schlotzhauer said. “Our bench is doing a nice job of coming in and staying with the style and the flow of the game. When we sub, we don’t have to change our style much. That says a lot about the way they are buying in and playing as a team.”
Caleb Hull led a balanced attack for New Franklin with 14 points. Brett Boggs tallied 13 points, followed by Tre Cowans with 10, Tiernan Hoover eight, Blake Evans six, Keaton Eads and Sammy Marshall four each, Zac Vollrath three and Tyler Jennings and Clayton Wilmsmeyer each with two.
Prairie Home coach Dalton Armontrout said he knew it was going to be a tough game.
“Offensively, we didn’t take our shots,” Armontrout said, “and we rushed things. Defensively, we were out of position, didn’t box out, and didn’t communicate. Not much else to say about this game. Look to closeout with wins versus New Bloomfield and Jamestown.”
Peyton Pitts had four points, five rebounds and one steal to lead Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-9 on the season. Tripp Kendrick finished the game with four points and one rebound while Oliver Lock added two points, two rebounds and two steals and Dakota Kuester with one rebound.