The New Franklin boys basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the 35th annual Sturgeon Tournament on Tuesday by beating the Salisbury Panthers in a No. 1 versus No. 8 matchup 57-47.
The Bulldogs, 11-5 on the season, trailed Salisbury by two (13-11) at the end of the first quarter but then picked it up on the offensive end after that by outscoring the Panthers 14-8 in the second period to lead 25-21 at the break. New Franklin also held a 32-26 advantage in the second half to garner the win.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said the effort level and focus was where it needed to be and that he couldn’t have been happier. “The boys worked their tails off,” Dobson said. “We were just a bit outsized and missed a few opportunities, which would’ve made a difference in the game. It’s going to be a tough week and we will need to carry over the effort and focus.”
Gavin Bishop led three players in double figures for New Franklin with 21 points. Tyler Perkins and Carter Bailey each had 10 while Kolby Anson added nine and Tre’ Cowans with seven.
For Salisbury, Jackson King had 23, Grant Biere eight and Garett Green with seven.
In other games on Tuesday, No. 2 Sturgeon boys cruised past South Callaway 73-51 while No. 3 Westran won 61-42 over paris. In a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup, Community R-6 knocked off New Bloomfield 54-47.
Tournament action will continue on Thursday for the boys, with New Franklin playing Community R-6 and Salisbury battling New Bloomfield at 6 p.m. and Sturgeon facing Westran and South Callaway playing Paris at 7:30.
New Franklin girls hang tough against No. 2 South Callaway
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs basketball team gave it their all Monday night in the opening round of the Sturgeon Tournament.
In a No. 2 vs. No. 7 seed, the Lady Bulldogs fell victim to South Callaway by a score of 48-32.
In other games last night in the tournament, top-seeded Paris finished 56 points better than No. 8 Westran 66-10 while No. 3 Community R-6 defeated sixth-seeded Sturgeon 45-20. No. 4 Salisbury also won 55-30 over No. 5 New Bloomfield.
Paris girls will play Salisbury in the semifinal round on Wednesday at 6 p.m. while Westran takes on New Bloomfield in a losers bracket game at 6. Also, at 7:30, South Callaway will face off against Community R-6 in a winners bracket game while New Franklin plays Sturgeon in the consolation semifinals.
Tournament action will continue tonight on the boys side of the bracket, with two games at 6 p.m. matching No. 1 New Franklin vs. No. 8 Salisbury and No. 2 Sturgeon vs. No. 7 South Callaway. At 7:30, No. 4 New Bloomfield will take on No. 5 Community R-6 while No. 3 Westran battles No. 6 Paris.
New Franklin girls coach Morgan Vetter said the girls played really well despite the 16 point loss. “It was a tough fought game and I thought the girls held their own,” Vetter said. “Offensively, we scored out of our sets and took our time and defensively we rebounded well. However, turnovers were rough on us again but we shot well from the free throw line.”
The Lady Bulldogs were every bit as good as South Callaway in the opening period while trailing by just two at 15-13. However in the second quarter, New Franklin couldn’t buy a basket while South Callaway hit double digits with 12 points to go in at the half on top 27-15. The second half was also close, with New Franklin winning the third quarter 10-9 only to have South Callaway own the final period with a 12-7 advantage.
As for the scoring in the ballgame, Abby Maupin had 14 points and five rebounds while Lauren Evans added 11 points and five rebounds, Kristen Flick four points and 12 rebounds and Shelby Breshears with three points and 11 rebounds.