Lady Bulldogs lose to Tuscumbia 42-39

The New Franklin Bulldogs basketball team could have packed its bags after a sluggish first half Thursday night against Tuscumbia in the W-K Holiday Shootout at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.
Instead the Bulldogs fed off a strong third quarter to beat Tuscumbia by a score of 46-23.
As for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team, they dropped a heartbreaker against Tuscumbia 42-39.
The New Franklin boys, improving to 5-3 on the season, opened the first half with a 18-14 lead against Tuscumbia. The Bulldogs outscored the Lions 10-5 in the first but were outscored 9-8 in the second. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin put the clamps on Tuscumbia defensive while limiting the Lions to only three points while scoring 18 to go up by a score of 36-17. Then, in the fourth quarter, New Franklin scored just enough by holding a 10-6 advantage for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said after a sluggish first half and battling foul trouble, the boys came out of halftime determined.
“The boys worked hard defensively all night and we able to disrupt their offense,” Dobson said. “I am proud of everyone's effort and to end the first half of the season on a positive note. We hadn’t won at the WK Shootout in about four years, so the boys were determined to change that.”
Mason Bailey and Gavin Bishop did their part for the Bulldogs. While Bailey finished the game with 13 points and four rebounds, Bishop was close behind with 12 points and three boards.
Aden Jones added six points and five rebounds while Bailey Lyons had five points and eight rebounds, Carter Bailey four points and four rebounds, Jackson Dorson two points and three rebounds, Tyler Perkins two points and one rebound and Tyler Hackman with two points.
For Tuscumbia, Sam Huth had seven.
For the game, the Bulldogs hit 17 of 39 shots from the field for 44 percent and 7 of 11 from the foul line for 64 percent.
As for the New Franklin girls, they had a great start against Tuscumbia while leading 12-5 after first period’s end and 21-14 at the half. The Lady Bulldogs also led 28-25 after three despite being outscored by Tuscumbia 11-7. However, in the final period, the Lady Lions had their best quarter of the ballgame by outscoring New Franklin 17-11 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the team will get the Christmas break to re-cooperate and make some adjustments for the 2018 year. “Lost a key player early which mentally put us in shock for this game specifically,” Vetter said. “Looking for others to step up big. The girls continue to work hard and this group will get back on their feet.”
Madison Matney finished the game with a double-double for New Franklin, who dropped to 3-5 on the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She also finished the game with two steals and two assists.
Grace Hundley also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds along with three steals and one assist while Lauren Evans added six points, eight rebounds, two steals and one assist, Lilly Oser with three points, three rebounds and two assists, Madelyn Chaney with two points and one steal and Campbell Cooper with one steal.