The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams pulled off the sweep Wednesday night on the road in a makeup game against the Slater Wildcats.
While the Lady Bulldogs defeated Slater 52-42, the New Franklin boys also prevailed in league play against the Wildcats by a score of 58-45.
New Franklin girls, 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the CAC, had a great start against Slater by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 18-9. However in the second quarter, Slater rallied back with a 13-8 advantage to cut the lead to four at 26-22. The Lady Wildcats also made it interesting in the third period by outscoring New Franklin 16-11 to lead by one at 38-37. Fortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they still had one quarter left to right the ship and right it they did by rallying back with a 15-4 scoring edge for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a great team win. “We had four girls in double figures for scoring,” Vetter said. “We rebounded the ball well and still did it with a few battling sickness. The grit and fight from this group is always there and I’m proud of them.”
Lauren Evans led four players in double figures for New Franklin with 14 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Lilly Oser finished the game with 13 points while Madison Matney added 12, Madelyn Chaney 10 and Campbell Cooper with three.
New Franklin also hit on 16 of 24 shots from the foul line.
For Slater, Emilee Grimes had 17 points. The Lady Wildcats were 6 of 16 from the line.
As for the New Franklin boys, they led Slater 14-10 after one, 31-25 at the break and 43-34 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth, New Franklin outscored Slater 15-11.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said the boys put a team effort and focus together to pull out this tough road victory.
“We knew we had to come to play and lock down defensively because they are a good offensive team,” Dobson said. “I am pleased, but we will have to come to play Friday against Glasgow if we want to compete for the conference title.”
Bailey Lyons had the game high for New Franklin, who improved to 14-7 overall and 7-1 in the CAC, with 20 points. Mason Bailey chipped in 12 while Tyler Perkins, Gavin Bishop and Carter Bailey added seven points each, Kolby Anson and Tysen Dowell each with two points and Jackson Dorson with one.
For Slater, Chandler Zdybel had 12 points.
In the JV game, Slater defeated New Franklin 33-29.
Crayton Gallatin had 18 points to lead all scorers for New Franklin. Gallatin also grabbed 10 rebounds. Tyler Hackman finished the game with five points while Tysen Dowell added four.