The New Franklin girls basketball team didn’t come away with a win against the Marceline Tigers Friday night in the semifinals in the Glasgow Invitational Tournament. But if you consider the short turnaround to Saturday’s third place game against Glasgow, they Lady Bulldogs will take it after winning 46-34.
As for the New Franklin boys, they won the consolation trophy on Saturday by beating Westran 54-38.
In the game Friday night against Marceline, the Lady Bulldogs had a slow start while trailing the Tigers 13-3 only to battle back in the second quarter to make it a two-point game at 17-15. Meanwhile, after both teams came out in the third quarter and scored 12 points, Marceline came back and outscored New Franklin 14-12 in the fourth for a 43-39 victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a tough loss for the girls. “That was a hard fought game and a game that I saw a true spark from our group,” Vetter said. “I thought everybody contributed in their own way and never gave up.”
Baylee Jobson had 14 and Ramzee Bruner 13 to lead Marceline.
For New Franklin, Shelby Breshears finished the game with a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Campbell Cooper chipped in eight points while Abby Maupin added seven points and four rebounds, Lauren Evans six points and seven rebounds and Madelyn Chaney with five points and two rebounds.
As for the game against Glasgow, New Franklin led at the end of each quarter and held a 18-14 lead at the half and a 31-26 advantage after three quarters of play. The Lady Bulldogs also outscored Glasgow 15-8 in the final period to win by 12.
Lauren Evans had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead New Franklin, 2-3 on the season. Shelby Breshears finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Campbell Cooper added seven points and six rebounds, Abby Maupin with five points and two rebounds, Kayce Hundley with four points and three rebounds, Madelyn Chaney two points and three rebounds and Kristen Flick with one rebound.
Vetter said once again a hard fought game that resulted in a win and third place trophy.
“I thought the girls built off their confidence and energy from the night before and capitalized on a big win,” Vetter said. “I am very excited for these girls. They deserved every bit of it and  with continued hard work, they will have more success along the way.”
Malia Carmarck had 13 points and Brenna Hubbard 11 for Glasgow.
As for the New Franklin boys, they outscored or matched Westran in all four quarters to lead 11-10 after one, 22-21 at the half and 34-30 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Westran 20-8 to win the game by 16.
“I am proud the boys put forth the effort in the second half,” Dobson said. “We started the game off pretty sluggish, and Westran came to play which made it a game in the first half. We talked at halftime about our effort on the defensive and that we needed to be more aggressive in transition.  It wasn’t until the fourth quarter I thought we turned it up on both ends of the ball.  Pleased and proud that we came away with a piece of hardware from this tough tournament.”
Tyler Perkins led all scorers for New Franklin with 23 points. Gavin Bishop chipped in 13 while Tysen Dowell added seven, Carter Bailey five, Kolby Anson four and Tre’ Cowans with two.
For Westran, David Dale had 17, Treyton Black nine and Trey Burton with four.