Tanner Bishop scored a game-high 16 points, leading the New Franklin boys junior high basketball team past Sturgeon 32-20 Tuesday night in Sturgeon.
In the girls game, Sturgeon led the Lady Bulldogs from start to finish for a 31-19 victory.
The New Franklin boys, 6-0 on the season, outscored Sturgeon in all but one quarter and led 10-4 after one, 26-9 at the half and 29-15 after three quarters of play. The Bulldogs also held a 6-5 advantage in the final period.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys played well in spurts, but didn’t put a full game together. “The first half we scored some points off the press, but not very well in our half-court offense,” Schlotzhauer said. “We really struggled to score the ball in the second half against their zone. We got the ball to some good spots, but we weren’t attacking the rim like we should.”
Keaton Eads and Connor Wilmsmeyer finished the game with four points each while Jake Marshall, Sawyer Felten, Reidan Colon and Clayton Wilmsmeyer added two points apiece.
Sturgeon was led by Tavin Kalinowski with six points.
As for the New Franklin girls, they trailed Sturgeon 11-6 after one, 19-7 at the half and 22-11 after three quarters of play. Sturgeon also outscored the Lady Bulldogs 9-8 in the final period.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a tough loss but the girls hung strong throughout. “These things are only bettering us for the future,” Vetter said. “They are learning a ton and gaining even more from it. Always proud of them and even more excited for the CAC Tournament next week.”
Jalissa Woods had the game high for Sturgeon with 14 points.
For New Franklin, Carly Dorson tossed in eight while Faith Painter and Addy Salmon added four points each and Justice Singleton with three.