The New Franklin boys and girls junior high basketball teams picked up another pair of wins Monday night the opening round of the Prairie Home Tournament.
While the Lady Bulldogs defeated Tuscumbia 41-14, the New Franklin boys were also just as impressive by turning back Jamestown 48-29.
The Lady Bulldogs, improving to 2-0 on the season, outscored Tuscumbia in all four quarters and led 10-8 after one, 16-10 at the half and 27-10 after three quarters of play. New Franklin also outscored Tuscumbia 14-4 in the final period to win by 27.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a solid win. “We started off slow but picked things up in the second half,” Vetter said. “I’m very excited about our 2-0 start because this group has the potential to do big things.”
Addy Salmon had the game high for New Franklin with 15 points. Carly Dorson chipped in 10 while Justice Singleton added eight and Kelsi Fair and Faith Painter each with four.
Addison Royers led Tuscumbia with 10 points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they led Jamestown 31-18 at the half and then outscored the Eagles 17-11 in the final two periods.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys were a bit unorganized on both ends of the floor. “We had trouble matching up in our press and getting back on the defensive end,” Schlotzhauer said. “On the offensive side, we weren’t nearly patient enough. We have to improve our patience as the season goes along to be more efficient. We’re happy to move on to the winner’s side, but need a more focused effort the rest of the week.”
Keaton Eads had 17 points and Tanner Bishop 15 to lead the Bulldogs. Clayton Wilmsmeyer tossed in eight, Sawyer Felten five and Clayton Wilmsmeyer with four.
In other games in the tournament, the Jamestown girls defeated Prairie Home 23-19 while the Tuscumbia boys upended Prairie Home 39-19.
The Lady Panthers, dropping to 3-5 on the season, led Jamestown 14-5 at the half but was outscored 18-5 in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
Prairie Home coach Mark McLaughlin said the girls led the game until the last two minutes. “The girls played a great defensive game, especially getting 47 deflections,” McLaughlin said. “That is very disruptive to an opponent. The game became significantly more physical as it went, and that doesn’t play very well for our kids. I’m proud of the overall effort, and improving the outcome against a very good Jamestown team. My hat is off to Jolene Sorrell of Jamestown, who played a tremendous defensive game matched on Madison. We continue to grow.”
Kendall Imsland had the team-high for Jamestown with 10 points.
For Prairie Home, Madison Brown finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Kamden Holliday chipped in two points while Kelcy Mullett grabbed three rebounds. Kate Crews had two rebounds in the game while Aubree Hedgpath finished the game with one steal.
As for the Prairie Home boys, they trailed Tuscumbia from the opening tip as the Lions led 12-7 after one, 21-10 at the half and 26-13 after three quarters of play. Tuscumbia also held a 13-6 advantage in the final period.
Coach McLaughlin said it was a tough night all around for the guys. “Tuscumbia was athletic and strong around the hoop and we just had a very tough night getting untracked,” McLaughlin said. “Better things will come. Layne Brandes played a great overall game as the littlest guys on the floor, and Dakota Kuester continues to improve and get his hands on everything off the boards and steals/deflections in the open court.”
Bentley Boggs led three players in double figures for Tuscumbia with 14 points while Conner Burks and Adam Tellman chipped in 10 points each.
For Prairie Home, who dropped to 1-6 on the season, Layne Brandes had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Tripp Kendrick finished the game with six points, six rebounds and three steals while Grant Milne added three points, three rebounds and one steal, Dakota Kuester seven rebounds and two steals and Landon Case with four steals and two rebounds.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with the Pilot Grove girls playing Bunceton at 5 p.m., followed by Pilot Grove boys versus Bunceton at 6, New Franklin girls versus St. Andrews at 7 and St. Andrews boys versus New Franklin’s B-team at 8.