NEWTON RECORD — 8-3. UP NEXT — Salina South, approx. 3:30 p.m. today. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS —

The Newton High School girls’ basketball team had top-ranked Bishop Miege on the ropes for three quarters but the Railers struggled in the fourth, falling 51-40 Friday in the semifinals of the 34th Newton Invitational.

Miege, 11-2, faces Andover Central in the championship game. Newton, 8-4, plays Salina South in the third-place game. Games today will start at noon with a 20-minute break between games.

“We had that little spurt in the fourth quarter. Other than that, we played the most complete game we played all season against a really good team,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “We got out and guarded them hard. The thing about them is if you don’t find a way to guard them hard, they will get the ball inside. Everything goes through (Adrianna Maurer), either to shoot it or pass it. I’m very proud of our effort.”

Maurer scored 13 for Miege. Rosie Youngstrom, who scored 18 against Garden City Thursday, was held to two field goals and a total of 11 points. It was junior Shandelyn Stewart who did the damage for Miege, scoring 22 points, hitting 10 of 11 from the field.

“Part of the game plan was to never leave (Youngstrom),” Jordan said. “That kind of hurt us down the stretch. If (Stewart) was on the weak side, we couldn’t come down to help or (Youngstrom) would drain it. We had to give up a two before we gave up a three. We got beat once or twice in transition. When they get out in transition, that’s when they start clicking. Against a team like this, your margin of error is very slim. We missed a box out or two to give them more possessions.”

Avery Vogts led the Railers with 17 points, followed by Lehman with 16.

Newton jumped out 7-0 in the first three minutes of the game, going scoreless the next three. Stuart tied the game on a three-point play, followed by a layup. A Maurer trey in the final 20 seconds of the period put Miege ahead 14-9.

Newton held Miege to one point in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second quarter, taking a 17-15 lead. Stuart scored the last four points of the period to put Miege back ahead 19-18 at the half.

The third quarter remained low scoring with the game tied 26-26 at the end of the period.

Bailey Hopper opened the fourth quarter with one of two free throws for Miege. Laci McCartney answered with a Railer trey.

With Newton up 31-29 and 6:16 left in regulation, Miege went on an 8-0 run. An Alexis Hughes trey followed by a Stuart layup off a steal put Miege up by 11 with 3:41 to play. Newton never got closer than nine in the remaining time.

Newton gets a rematch against South, a team Newton lost to 50-44 earlier this month.

“That’s becoming more and more of a rivalry,” Jordan said. “We’re a different team than when we went down there. We can’t hang our heads. It will be another physical game. It will be another high-energy game.”

NEWTON (8-4) — Pendry 0 0-0 3, 0; Hiebert 0 0-1 3, 0; Rangel 1 0-0 1, 2; McCartney 0 (1) 0-0 4, 3; McMullen 0 0-0 0, 0; Scott 0 0-0 1, 0; Vogts 5 (1) 4-4 3, 17; Minkevitch 6 4-8 4, 16; TOTALS 13 (20 8-13 21, 40.

BISHOP MIEGE (11-2) — Youngstrom 1 (1) 6-9 3, 11; Wheeler 0 0-0 0, 0; Westhoff 0 0-1 2, 0; Hopper 0 2-4 3, 2; Person 0 0-0 4, 0; Hughes 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Silkman 0 0-0 1, 0; Stewart 10 2-4 0, 22; Maurer 3 (1) 2, 13; TOTALS 14 (3) 14-24 16, 51.

Newton 9 9 8 14 —40

B.Miege 14 5 7 25 —51