Lady Bulldogs fall to Sturgeon in the consolation semifinals, 51-23

The Community R-6 boys pulled off the upset Thursday night in the semifinal round of the Sturgeon Tournament by beating No. 1 New Franklin 34-31.
The Bulldogs, dropping to 11-6 on the season, trailed Community R-6 8-2 after first period’s end but rallied back with a 12-7 advantage in the second quarter to cut the lead to one at 15-14. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin again outscored Community R-6 11-8 to go up by a score of 25-23. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they had another bad quarter offensively as Community R-6 stormed back with a 11-6 advantage for the victory.
New Franklin boys coach Ross Dobson said his team just missed a few opportunities which would have made a difference in the game. “We guarded them but couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” Dobson said. “We talked about what we needed to do defensively and we did.”
Caden Escamilla had 17 points to lead all scorers for Community R-6.
For New Franklin, Tyler Perkins tossed in 17 points while Gavin Bishop added seven, Carter Bailey five and Kolby Anson with two.
In other games, No. 2 Sturgeon beat No. 3 Westran 65-52 while South Callaway finished 20 better than Paris 82-62. Salisbury boys also beat New Bloomfield 74-62.
Sturgeon (G) 51
New Franklin 23
Jahna Burris scored a game-high 20 points and teammate Emma Bright pitched in 13 as the Sturgeon girls defeated New Franklin in the consolation semifinals of the Sturgeon Tournament on Thursday.
Sturgeon outscored New Franklin in all four quarters and led 28-11 at the half and 41-16 after three quarters of play. Sturgeon also held a 10-7 advantage in the final period to win the game by 28.
“We didn’t play our best but we are battling sickness that we hope gets better through the weekend before our three game week next week,” said New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter. “Big week ahead for us and we will prepare to perform our best on all three occasions.”
Abby Maupin had the high game for New Franklin, who dropped to 3-14, with eight points. Shelby Breshears chipped in seven while Madelyn Chaney added five and Lauren Evans with three.
In other games Thursday night on the girls side of the bracket, No. 4 Salisbury knocked off No. 1 Paris 53-42 while No. 3 Community R-6 upset No. 2 South Callaway 62-58 in double overtime. New Bloomfield also beat Westran 59-5.
Tournament action will continue on Saturday, with the New Bloomfield girls playing Sturgeon for fifth place at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Salisbury boys versus South Callaway in the consolation finals at 1 p.m., Paris girls versus South Callaway for third place at 2:30, New Franklin boys versus Westran in the third place game at 4, Salisbury girls versus Community R-6 for the championship at 5:30 and Community R-6 boys versus Sturgeon for the title at 7.