The opening round of the Glasgow Invitational Tournament on Wednesday had both good and bad news for New Franklin.
First with the good, the Lady Bulldogs snapped a two game losing streak by beating Slater 40-34. As for the bad, the New Franklin boys had their two-game win streak snapped by losing to Cairo 52-47.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls got a much needed win against Slater. “I am proud of the girls for getting after it tonight and staying confident within themselves,” Vetter said. “Everybody contributed whether that was through scoring or rebounding.”
New Franklin never trailed at the end of each quarter against Slater and led 9-7 after one, 23-11 at the half and 29-16 after three. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Wildcats put together a run by outscoring new Franklin 18-11 to cut the lead back to six.
Abby Maupin had 15 points and Shelby Breshears 10 to lead New Franklin. Kristen Flick and Madelyn Chaney each chipped in six points while Lauren Evans added two and Kayce Hundley with one.
For Slater, Emilee Grimes and Kinley Smith each had 11 points.
As for the New Franklin boys, they trailed Cairo by just one (17-16) after first period’s end before battling back with a 17-8 advantage in the second quarter to lead at the half 33-25. And even though Cairo outscored New Franklin 14-13 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs still lead by seven at 46-39. But that all went away in the fourth quarter as Cairo rallied back with a 13-1 scoring edge for the victory.
“We started off slow to begin the game, but the boys didn’t stop fighting and was able to take a lead going into halftime,” Dobson said. “We had some late turnovers in the game to cause us to miss some opportunities to score. I solely take the blame for not getting better looks late in the game for our players.  I am proud of the effort from all the boys and pleased how they competed and didn’t back down.”
Alex Zike and Bryce Taylor each had 12 points for Cairo while Gage Wilson added 11 and Jacob Davis with 10.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 2-1 on the season, Tyler Perkins tossed in 15, Gavin Bishop 12, Carter Bailey eight, Tysen Dowell and Kolby Anson each with five and Jackson Dorson with two.