The New Franklin boys middle school basketball team captured the championship in the Prairie Home Tournament on Saturday by beating Pilot Grove 69-38.
The Bulldogs, 4-0 on the season, led Pilot Grove 33-17 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 36-21 in the second half.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said this was a fast-paced game that had to be fun to watch from the stands. “Both teams competed hard from tip to buzzer,” Schlotzhauer said. “We really used our depth and press to wear them down as the game went on. Our kids really played well this week and worked their tails off. I’m very proud of the start they’ve had. Hopefully we just continue to improve the rest of the way.”
Tanner Bishop led all scorers for New Franklin with 22 points. Jake Marshall chipped in 14 while Drake Clark had nine, Owen Curry and Rylan Hundley seven each, Connor Wilmsmeyer six and Sawyer Felten and Ryan August each with two.
For Pilot Grove, 3-1, Maddex Douglas had 10, Logan Goehman nine, Ian Sprick eight, Beau Walker seven and Hayden Sleeper and Alec Schupp each with two.
Pilot Grove coach Grant Fricke said after a hard fought first quarter the game was tied 11 all. “New Franklin was able to use a good run, creating turnovers in their press, to blow open a 16 point lead at halftime,” Fricke said. “That second quarter was lopsided 22-6 in New Franklin’s favor. We were unable to create a run of our own to respond. Was a double digit deficit the rest of the way. Look to learn and improve upon our first loss of the season. Expect to see them again in the conference tournament in Cairo.”
As for the New Franklin girls, they won their semifinal game against Tuscumbia on Friday by a score of 26-7 and then came back to beat Jamestown on Saturday in the consolation finals 37-31.
The Lady Bulldogs, 2-2 on the season, outscored Tuscumbia in all four quarters and led 9-4 at the half and 17-5 after three quarters of play. New Franklin also held a 9-2 advantage in the fourth.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said the girls played well against Tuscumbia.
Tatum Hoover led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points. Kebrea Fair tossed in four points while Brooklyn Brown and Natalie Curry added three points each and Ella Oser, Natalie Wiseman, Emersyn Eads and Brynn Belstle each with two points.
In the consolation game, New Franklin led Jamestown 16-10 at the half and 23-21 after three quarters of play and then outscored the Lady Eagles 14-10 in the final period for the win.
Vetter said she was very happy with the girls this week battling. “They are improving by the game,” Vetter said.
Kebrea Fair had the game-high for New Franklin with 17 points. Bryann Belstle chipped in eight while Tatum Hoover added six, Sophia Held four and Ella Oser with two.
Friday’s game
Pilot Grove (B) 50
Prairie Home 36
Maddex Douglas scored a team-high 14 points Friday night against Prairie Home in the semifinal round of the Prairie Home Tournament.
The Tigers, 3-0, opened the first half with a 30-20 lead against Prairie Home and then outscored the Panthers 20-16 in the second half.
Head coach Grant Fricke said this was a great team win and very balanced scoring across the board.
Alec Schupp and Ian Sprick each had nine points while Hayden Sleeper added eight, Beau Walker seven and Logan Goehman with three.
Jackson Pitts had 17 for Prairie Home.
Thursday’s game
New Franklin (B) 65
Fatima 11
The New Franklin boys middle school basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season by beating Fatima 65-11 Thursday night in the semifinal round of the Prairie Home Tournament.
The Bulldogs outscored Fatima 65-8 in the first-three quarters. The Comets won the fourth quarter over the Bulldogs 3-0.
Tanner Bishop and Rylan Hundley each had 12 points in the game for New Franklin. Connor Wilmsmeyer tossed in 10, followed by Owen Curry with seven, Sawyer Felten six, Jake Marshall five, Drake Clark four and Ryan August with two.
Fatima was led by Oliver Caniglia with six points.
Tuesday’s game
Pilot Grove (B) 58
Tuscumbia 33
Maddex Douglas had 29 points, and teammate Logan Goehman added 11 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Prairie Home Tournament.
The Tigers led Tuscumbia by just one (13-12) after one but outscored the Lions 45-21 for the rest of the game for the victory.
Fricke said Maddex had 25 of his 29 points in the first half and had 16 of the team’s 20 points in the second quarter.
Beau Walker, Ian Sprick and Jesse Dillon each had four points while Kayden Jenry and Hayden Sleeper added three points each.