Lady Bulldogs fall to Slater 42-40
The New Franklin boys basketball team couldn’t have picked a better time for a offensive surge Tuesday night against Slater.
While trailing for most of the ballgame, the Bulldogs appeared to save their best for last by outscoring Slater 17-13 in the final period for a 56-54 victory.
As for the New Franklin girls, they lost a heartbreaker against Slater 42-40.
Although the Slater boys led at the end of the first-three quarters against New Franklin, the Bulldogs still managed to keep the game close while trailing 18-16 after one and 34-28 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin rallied back with a 11-7 advantage to cut the lead to two at 41-39. Then, in the final period with the game still in doubt, the Bulldogs had their best quarter of the ballgame at the right time by outscoring Slater 17-13 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said he couldn’t be happier then how the boys played as a group. “Early we were not very good and gave up too many open shots,” Dobson said. “In the second half, I thought we cut down on them getting to the lane and our closeouts on shooters were a lot better. The boys didn’t quit fighting until the last buzzer. I am pleased that we got another conference win in a tough conference.”
Tyler Perkins led the charge for New Franklin, who improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the CAC, with 27 points. Kolby Anson chipped in eight while Gavin Bishop and Carter Bailey added seven points each, Jackson Dorson four and Tysen Dowell with three.
For Slater, Jakobie Breshears and Aden Campbell each had 13 points while Chandler Zdybel chipped in 12 and Keegan Zdybel with nine.
As for the New Franklin girls, they also had a close game against Slater while trailing by one at the half (25-24) before rallying back with a 9-5 advantage in the third quarter to go up 33-30. However in the final period, Slater pulled ahead by outscoring New Franklin 12-7 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a win the girls needed but found themselves short. “We must move forward and build off the positives we did have in the game and improve on the negatives,” Vetter said.
Abby Uhlich had 15 points and Madison Beeler 10 for Slater.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the CAC, Shelby Breshears tossed in 22 points. Abby Maupin finished the game with six while Madelyn Chaney and Lauren Evans added five points each and Kristen Flick with two.