The New Franklin boys and girls junior high basketball teams went about business as usual Tuesday night at home against the Pilot Grove Tigers.
While the New Franklin boys remained perfect on the season at 13-0 with a 45-12 victory, the Lady Bulldogs also picked up a win by beating Pilot Grove 31-17.
Although New Franklin boys wound up winning by 33, the first quarter was  close with the Bulldogs clinging on to a 9-4 lead. New Franklin then pulled away from Pilot Grove in the three remaining quarter by outscoring the Tigers 36-8 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said the boys had a slow start to the first quarter by missing some easy looks. “I was very pleased with how we moved the ball around the floor,” Schlotzhauer said. “Our team is pretty unselfish and really looks for good shots. We took a few more threes tonight, too, which was nice to see.”
Sven Wilson paced all scorers in the game for New Franklin with 10 points.
Keaton Eads chipped in eight, Clayton Wilmsmeyer seven, Jacob Marshall five, Tanner Bishop and Owen Curry four each, Sawyer Felten three and Connor Wilmsmeyer and Drake Clark with two points each.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 5-8 on the season, Maddex Douglas had the high game with eight points. Hank Zeller tossed in three while Hayden Sleeper added one.
Pilot Grove coach Derek Skaggs said New Franklin is tough. “I was pretty disappointed with our lack of ball control,” Skaggs said. “We have to improve in the aspect of ball control againse these really good teams. Hopefully we can pick ourselves up in the next two games to closeout the season.”
As for the New Franklin girls, they led Pilot Grove from start to finish by taking a 15-5 lead into the half. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored Pilot Grove 16-12 in the final two periods for the win.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a good win to start the week off. “I thought we played smarter last night on both ends and moved the ball well,” Vetter said.
Addy Salmon led the scoring attack for New Franklin, who improved to 9-4 on the season, with 11 points. Justice Singleton finished the game with eight points while Carly Dorson added six, Faith Painter four and Sophia Held with two.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 7-6 on the season, Emma Sleeper had six, Marcie Lammers four, Claire Roth three and Lauren Krumm and Kaitlyn Maggard each with two.
Pilot Grove coach Linda Scott said the girls didn’t get going against New Franklin. “I think we were tired from a hard game Monday night,” Scott said. “We are having some injuries so I had to rest kids a lot and it hurts our effect to press. New Franklin is a good team that is big inside. We didn’t have an aswer for that tonight. I thought our girls played hard all game and I felt like our bigs battled well.”