First, third and fifth place games will be held tonight due to the impending weather
The New Franklin boys basketball team treated Thursday’s semifinal game against Fayette as business as usual in the New Franklin Invitational Tournament.
But as everybody knows when it comes to New Franklin and Fayette playing each other, throw out the records.
In a No. 1 versus No. 4 matchup with the winner moving on to the championship game, the Bulldogs had to overcome another slow start to beat the Falcons 63-41.
Of course the New Franklin boys weren’t the only winners on Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs also picked up their sixth win of the season in 10 games by holding off a pesky Sweet Springs team in overtime 43-40.
In other games on Thursday, No. 1 Community girls led Fayette from start to finish for a 69-35 victory while No. 2 Sturgeon boys upended No. 3 Westran 52-32.
New Franklin girls will play Community R-6 for the title tonight at 6 p.m., followed by the New Franklin boys versus Sturgeon at 7:30 p.m.
All third place and fifth place games will be held tonight in both the new and old gym due to the impending weather forecast. Community R-6 boys will play Prairie Home/Bunceton in the fifth-place game in the old gym at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Bunceton/Prairie Home girls versus Sturgeon for fifth place at 6 and Fayette boys versus Westran for third place at 7:30. In the new gym, the Fayette girls will take on Sweet Springs for third place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the girls championship game and then the boys championship game.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said it was another slow start for the Bulldogs. “I felt like we turned up the intensity in the second period to help us gain a lead,” Dobson said. “We battled a little foul trouble early but had other young men step up for our team.”
New Franklin led Fayette by only one (14-13) after first period’s end but outscored the Falcons 15-4 in the second quarter to extend the lead to 29-17 at the half. Fayette never got any closer in the ballgame as New Franklin held a 34-24 advantage in the second half for the 22 point win.
Tyler Perkins led three players in double figures for New Franklin, 10-0, with 17 points. Tre Cowans chipped in 13, Carter Bailey 12, Gavin Bishop and Jackson Dorson each with eight, Crayton Gallatin and Tysen Dowell two points each and David Brucks with one.
For Fayette, Kyle Schleeter had 14 points.
As for the Lady Bulldogs, they also started slow while trailing Sweet Springs 7-4 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 14-3 advantage in the second quarter to lead at the half 18-10. But that all changed in the second half as Sweet Springs rallied back with a 27-19 scoring edge to tie the game at 37-all. However, in overtime, New Franklin outscored the Greyhounds 6-3 for the victory.
New Franklin coach Morgan Vetter said this was a hard fought win and well deserved. “I appreciate the girl’s heart and energy,” Vetter said. “This group is getting better day by day. We turn around Friday with the championship against Community.”
Addy Salmon had a big game for the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points while Abby Maupin chipped in 15, Kristen Flick four and Faith Painter, Madelyn Chaney, Campbell Cooper and Carly Dorson each with two.
For Sweet Springs, Emma Sims and Michaela Malter each had 11 points.
In the game between Community and Fayette girls, Dalaney Bowers had 27 and Natalie Thomas 14 for the Trojans.
Fayette was led by Abby Conrow with 21 points.
Community girls led Fayette 44-20 at the half and 63-28 after three quarters of play.
As for the game between Sturgeon and Westran boys, the Bulldogs led by just one (20-19) at the break but then outscored the Hornets 30-13 in the second half.
Logan Flashpohler had 15 to lead all scorers for Sturgeon while Jacob Brooks chipped in 13.
For Westran, Trey Burton and Karter Koenig each had eight.