The New Franklin boys and girls basketball teams may have beat the storm Thursday night by playing one night earlier. However the Cairo Bearcats proved to be less than ideal host by picking up the sweep against the Bulldogs, winning the girls game 72-43 and the boys game 54-38.
The Lady Bulldogs, dropping to 3-12 overall and 0-5 in the CAC, trailed Cairo 25-11 after one and 57-25 at the break. Meanwhile, in the second half, Cairo outscored New Franklin 16-9 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 67-34. Then, in the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs rallied back with a 9-5 advantage.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said offensive the girls did a good job of finishing shots and attacking the rim and shooting the ball when open. “Defensively, we struggled but still rebounded fairly well and stayed poised when seeing pressure,” Vetter said.
Mackenzie Dubbert led four players in double figures for Cairo with 19 points. Taegan Bartoloca chipped in 17, Ryan Keegan 12 and Rileigh Eberhardt with 11.
For New Franklin, Lauren Evans had a team high 15 points. Madelyn Chaney finished the game with nine points while Kristen Flick added seven, Abby Maupin six and Shelby Breshears with five.
New Franklin also finished the game hitting 8 of 13 shots from the foul line for 62 percent while Cairo converted on 11 of 18 shots for 61 percent.
As for the New Franklin boys, they had a great start while leading Cairo 14-9 after first period’s end. What happened after that, however, is anybodys guess as the Bearcats stormed back with a 20-5 advantage in the second quarter to go up 29-19 at the half. Meanwhile, after New Franklin outscored Cairo 13-11 in the third quarter, the Bearcats came back and held a 14-6 advantage in the fourth to win the game by 16.
“Our effort level and focus was where it needed to be and I couldn’t have been happier,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson. “The boys worked their tails off, we were just a bit outsized and missed a few opportunities which would’ve made a difference in the game. But we will bounce back and be ready for the Sturgeon Tournament.”
Bryce Taylor and Jacob Davis each had 13 points in the game for Cairo while Gage Wilson pitched in 12.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in the CAC, Tyler Perkins had 13, Gavin Bishop and Kolby Anson eight each, Tysen Dowell four, Carter Bailey three and Tre’ Cowans with two.