Lady Bulldogs fall to New Bloomfield, Paris

The New Franklin boys basketball team scored just enough points to beat the Westran Hornets 30-24 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Sturgeon Tournament.
The Bulldogs, improving to 12-4 on the season, trailed after the first eight minutes of the ballgame by a score of 8-5 but then rallied back with a 7-3 advantage in the second period to lead Westran 13-11 at the half. New Franklin also outscored Westran 10-8 in the third to extend the lead to 23-19. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Bulldogs held a 7-3 scoring edge to record the six point victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said the boys struggled putting the ball in the hoop against Westran. “When you shoot 11 of 44 from the field it will be a long night,” Dobson said. “Credit to Westran for causing us to take some contested shots, but mentally we weren’t ready to play. It’s a long week and a tough tournament so the rest of the week we have to play our game and compete if we want to be successful this week.”
Mason Bailey was the only player in double figures for New Franklin with 11 points. Tyler Perkins chipped in nine while Gavin Bishop and Carter Bailey added four points each and Bailey Lyons with two points.
Although the Bulldogs were only 25 percent from the field in the game, they did convert on 8 of 11 shots from the foul line for 73 percent.
For Westran, Avery Hammond had 12 points.
New Bloomfield overpowers New Franklin girls, 64-37
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs dropped their second game in the Sturgeon Tournament Wednesday night after losing to New Bloomfield in the consolation semifinals 64-37.
New Franklin, 4-13 on the season, trailed the entire game against New Bloomfield as the Lady Wildcats led 20-11 after one, 37-20 at the half and 57-29 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, New Franklin outscored New Bloomfield 8-7.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls played really well despite the loss. “New Bloomfield hit a bunch of threes on us, but my girls stuck with it and played our game,” Vetter said. “I was very proud of them. Now onto Friday to take on the Westran hornets. We are ready for this next challenge.”
Madi Craighead had 33 points and Katie Kelly 10 to lead New Bloomfield.
For New Franklin, Madison Matney tossed in 14 while Campbell Cooper, Lilly Oser and Lauren Evans added six points each, Sydney Dowell three and Madelyn Chaney with two.
Lady Bulldogs fall to No. 1 Paris, 61-21
New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball coach Morgan Vetter had one word to describe Monday night’s game against Paris in the opening round of the Sturgeon Tournament: ugly.
In a No. 2 versus No. 7 matchup, the Lady Coyotes led New Franklin from start to finish while taking a 28-13 lead into the half and 50-18 after three quarters of play. Paris also held a 11-3 advantage in the fourth for a convincing 61-21 victory.
Although injuries have plagued New Franklin all season, Vetter said the girls still had some good looks and good takes against Paris. “We just couldn’t get in a groove offensively or defensively,” Vetter said. “Paris is a talented squad. We’ll look to battle New Bloomfield on Wednesday.”
Allison Moore had 20 points to lead all scorers for Paris.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 4-12 on the season, Lauren Evans had nine, Lilly Oser six, Madison Matney four and Madelyn Chaney with two.