All New Franklin boys basketball coach Ross Dobson wanted was a chance Tuesday on the road against the Fayette Falcons.
As it turned out, the Bulldogs granted Dobson’s wish by playing Fayette to two overtimes before bowing out by a score of 43-42.
As for the New Franklin girls, they fell to Fayette 37-25.
As for the New Franklin boys, who dropped to 4-2 on the season, they led Fayette 15-8 at the half and 19-14 after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, Fayette rallied back with a 17-12 advantage to tie the game at 31-all. Meanwhile, after both teams scored six points in the first overtime, Fayette came back and outscored the Bulldogs 6-5 in the second for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said that was one heck of a battle, where every possession mattered from start to finish.
“The boys executed our game plan and I personally didn’t get them in the right situations down the stretch,” Dobson said. “The boys did everything they could possibly do to win the game, and the ball just didn’t fall like we wanted too.  I am one proud coach of this special bunch of boys. We can only get better and learn from this close game. Also, have to tip our hats to a good Fayette team and coaches. It was a good Howard County battle.”
Vince Roberts had 18 points to lead all scorers for Fayette.
For New Franklin, who finished the game 18 of 36 from the foul line for 50 percent, Tyler Perkins had 14, Gavin Bishop 13, Carter Bailey five, Tysen Dowell three and Kolby Anson, Tre’ Cowans and Jackson Dorson each with two.
As for the New Franklin girls, they also had a battle against Fayette tied at 7-all after one. And even though the Lady Falcons outscored New Franklin 6-3 in the second, the lead was only three at 13-10. Unfortunately for New Franklin, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Fayette cameout and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 24-15 in the second half for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a tough loss but still sees great signs of growth on this team. “We are excited to bounce back and take the long bus ride to Madison to start conference play on Friday,” Vetter said.
Abbey Conrow and Maddie Reed each had 11 points and eight rebounds for Fayette.
As for the scoring in the game for New Franklin, who dropped to 2-4 on the season, Shelby Breshears finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Lauren Evans chipped in eight points and three rebounds while Madelyn Chaney added three points and two assists, Kristen Flick two points and seven rebounds and Campbell Cooper with two points and three steals.