The New Franklin boys basketball team fell in the championship in the Class 2 District 14 Tournament Saturday night at Windsor gymnasium by losing to top-seeded Sedalia Sacred Heart 60-39.
The Bulldogs, who closed out the season at 20-8 overall, had their hands full from the start against the Gremlins but kept the game close for the first-two quarters while trailing 16-10 after one and 32-21 at the break. However, in the third quarter, Sacred Heart had its best quarter of the ballgame while New Franklin had its worst as the Gremlins held a 18-2 advantage to extend the lead to 50-23. Meanwhile, in the final period down by 27, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 16-11 scoring edge to cut the lead to 21.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said this was not how they wanted to end the season.
“I couldn’t be more proud of what this team accomplished this year,” Dobson said. “We knew we had to play our best to beat the No. 1 team in the state and we played with them for three out of four quarters. I will truly miss our three seniors: Mason Bailey, Bailey Lyons and Tyler Hackman. They were great leaders and they helped this young team group up this season. It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!”
Tangnay led three players in double figures for Sacred Heart with 20 points while Lyles had 15 and Young with 13.
For New Franklin, Mason Bailey had the team-high with nine points. Bailey Lyons chipped in eight while Tyler Perkins added six, Gavin Bishop five, Carter Bailey, Tyler Hackman and David Brucks each with three and Crayton Gallatin with two.
The Bulldogs also finished the game hitting 8 of 15 shots from the foul line for 53 percent.
Sacred Heart, 27-1 on the season, will face Liberal, 18-10, in a sectional game on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at Clinton High School starting at 7:45 p.m.
Note: In the girls championship game Saturday at Windsor, No. 3 Tipton knocked off top-seeded Sacred Heart 56-44.