Prairie Home/Bunceton boys and Bunceton/Prairie Home girls fall in opening round at New Franklin

The New Franklin boys basketball team continued its run of nine straight wins Monday night in the opening round of the 91st annual New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
In a No. 1 versus No. 8 matchup, the Bulldogs overcame a sluggish start to beat Community R-6 63-22.
In other games Monday night in the tournament, No. 1 Community R-6 girls blasted eighth-seeded Westran 71-16 while No. 3 Westran boys held off upset-minded Prairie Home/Bunceton for a 58-50 win. In the other girls game, No. 4 Fayette upended No. 5 Bunceton/Prairie Home 62-46.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with No. 2 New Franklin girls playing No. 7 Sturgeon at 6 p.m. in the new gym and No. 3 Sweet Springs battling No. 6 Pilot Grove in the old gym. On the boys side of the bracket tonight, No. 2 Sturgeon will take on No. 7 Pilot Grove at 7:30 p.m. in the old gym while No. 4 Fayette battles No. 5 Sweet Springs in the new gym.
New Franklin boys, 9-0 on the season, trailed Community R-6 12-11 after one quarter but rallied back with a 25-0 advantage in the second period to lead by a score of 36-12. The Bulldogs never trailed after that while holding Community single digits in the final two periods and putting up 27 points to win by 41.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said the boys had a little rust for not having played since early December, but turned up the defense in the second half to help pull away. “I saw a lot of good things, and a few things we need to continue to work on,” Dobson said. “I hope we are able to work those things out in the next two days.”
Tyler Perkins had 21 points and Gavin Bishop 19 to lead New Franklin in double figures. Jackson Dorson chipped in seven while Tysen Dowell added six and Carter Bailey, Tre’ Cowans, Crayton Gallatin, Tiernan Hoover and Sammy Marshall each with two points.
For Community, Hunter Hoeflicker had seven and Garrett Schmitt six.
As for the Prairie Home/Bunceton boys, they had a great first quarter while leading Westran 11-10. However, in the second period, the Hornets rallied back with a 18-12 advantage to lead 28-23 and then outscored the Panthers 30-27 in the second half.
Prairie Home/Bunceton trailed by just two (39-37) at the end of three.
Prairie Home/Bunceton coach Trever Huth said tonight was a bounce back night for the Panthers after two straight games of not playing very good basketball.
“Tonight we did a lot more of the little things right to win this ball game but just came up a few points short,” Huth said. “We ran our offense well and worked to get the shots we wanted rather than forcing bad shots all together. Defensively we kept it mixed up well and the boys did very well defending in everything we did. Westran hit a couple threes late to push the score out of reach and that we the difference. I’m very happy the way the boys played tonight and look forward to carrying it into our next game.”
Trey Burton had 28 points to lead all scorers for Westran.
For Prairie Home/Bunceton, 6-6, Kassen Lock had 23 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists. Clayton Pethan added 12 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists while Jason Burnett chipped in nine points, two rebounds and one steal, Alex Rhode two points and five rebounds, Dillon Alpers two points, three rebounds and one steal, Blane Petsel one point, two rebounds and one assist and Hunter Shuffield one point, two rebounds and one steal.
As for the Bunceton/Prairie Home girls, they trailed from the opening tip against Fayette as the Falcons led 36-23 at the half and 48-39 after three quarters of play.  Fayette also held a 14-7 advantage in the final period.
Bunceton coach Dustin Ray said the team gave a game away against Fayette. “We are stuck in a rut and somehow we have to get out of it, and we will soon,” Ray said. “When we decide to be consistent and work together, we’re going to be scary.”
The Lady Dragons were definitely scary in the third quarter by outscoring Fayette 16-12 to cut the lead back to single digits at 48-39.
Abby Conrow had 26 points and Emma Chew 10 for Fayette.
For Bunceton/Prairie Home, 7-5, Maggie Wood had 16 points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists. Chloe Moser finished the game with a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Cara Bishop added seven points, five rebounds and one steal while Ashlyn Twenter chipped in seven points, four rebounds and one steal, Madison Brown one point and one rebound, Kelsey Watson six rebounds, three assists and one steal, Madelynn Myers six rebounds and two assists and Maddie Brandes two rebounds and one steal.
In the only other game, Delaney Bowers had 22 and Alexis Welch 14 for Community R-6-who led Westran 40-12 at the half and 59-16 after three.
Chase Perry had the high game for Westran with six points.