With only one possession separating the two teams after three quarters Tuesday night in Salisbury, the New Franklin Bulldogs basketball team had two choices.
Although the Bulldogs led from the second quarter on against Salisbury, the Panthers were still within striking distance down by only three (32-29) after three. However, in the final period, New Franklin scored just enough points with 15 to beat the Panthers in a hard fought game by a score of 47-42.
New Franklin, improving to 10-4 on the season, opened the game in the first quarter as cold as the temperature outside while managing only seven points. Salisbury led 11-7 after one. But that all changed in the second quarter as the Bulldogs rallied back with a 16-8 advantage to go into the half on top by four at 23-19. Meanwhile, after Salisbury rallied back with a 10-9 scoring edge in the third to cut the lead to three at 32-29, New Franklin came back and outscored the Panthers by two (15-13) in the fourth for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said he was pleased with the defensive effort the boys put forth and they really wanted to work together and play for one another to get this victory. “We hadn’t won against Salisbury at Salisbury in a long time, so they wanted to change that,” Dobson said of his players. “We have a few things we need to work on overall but they took care of the ball which was one of our goals for the game. We have to be ready to go and focused mentally for a big game on Friday.”
Mason Bailey led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 18 points. Gavin Bishop chipped in 12 while Carter Bailey added 10, Bailey Lyons six and Kolby Anson with one.
For Salisbury, Tanner Miller had 15, Gavin Ramsey 11, Garrett Fessler six and Logan Wooldridge with four.
Salisbury (G) 47
New Franklin 26
A cold start by New Franklin coupled with a fast start by Salisbury led to the Lady Bulldogs demise Tuesday night on the road by a score of 47-26.
New Franklin, dropping to 4-10 on the season, trailed Salisbury throughout the game as the Lady Panthers led 15-5 after one, 29-10 at the half and 40-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, New Franklin rallied back with a 9-7 advantage.
Despite the loss, New Franklin girls coach Morgan Vetter said the girls are battling. “We have many good contests coming up and these games only help us grow and prepare for those ahead,” Vetter said. “The heart and effort is there. A stat that I wish could be recorded. Another tough game Friday at Glasgow. We are ready for conference play again.”
Amanda Nejedly had 14 points, Sidney Marek 13 and Bryn Woddridge 10 for Salisbury.
For New Franklin, Lilly Oser tossed in 10 points while Lauren Evans added six, Madison Matney, Sydney Dowell and Campbell Cooper three each and Madelyn Chaney with one.