The Newton High School girls’ basketball team got off to the start the team wanted, downing Salina South 41-28 Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Ravenscroft Gym.


The Newton High School girls’ basketball team got off to the start the team wanted, downing Salina South 41-28 Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Ravenscroft Gym.

Newton improves to 15-2, 8-1 in AV-CTL I play.

“It was a great start,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “What I told the girls that I was most proud of them was the way we executed the game plan. They run a four-out, one-in motion offense. We worked really hard on that, switching screens. I was happy with the way we called out the screens. ... Salina Central is so athletic, if you let them get to the rim, they will spend a lot of time at the free throw line.”

Avery Vogts led all scorers with 14 points. Kate Lehman was held to just six points but still had 11 blocked shots and 17 rebounds. Kendra Scott had three blocked shots.

“The last two or three games Kate did all the scoring,” Jordan said. “They knew that. Other girls stepped up. Avery had a great game. Emily (Hiebert) had a great game. I’ve been pleading with Emily to go to the rim. Tonight, she decided she was going to go to the hole. Kate did a lot of things well. She defended well. She rebounded well. We tried to keep her in the lane. We stayed on our feet when we needed to. We blocked their shots and stopped their dribble drive.”

Madison Shetlar led Central with eight points, all coming in the last 8 1/2 minutes of the game. Central falls to 10-7, 5-4 in division play. Newton sweeps the regular-season series.

Newton jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first five minutes of play on treys by Vogts and Maddie Pendry. After a Central time out, Vogts hit two free throws and Jaci Garver hit a trey. Newton led 11-0 at the end of the period. Central missed all 11 shots taken.

After Emily Hiebert opened the second half with a short jumper, Shaelyn Martin hit a layupoff a steal with 5:25 left in the first half. Newton extended its lead to 17, 19-2, but turnovers allowed Central to get back within 12. A pair of Kate Lehman free throws with 3.0 seconds remaining put Newton up by 12 at the half, 22-8.

Newton held Central scoreless until the final seconds of the period, when Central scored five points to cut the Newton lead to 20, 33-13.

Kendra Scott opened the fourth quarter with a pair of baskets. Central responded with a 14-0 run, hitting four straight 3-pointers. Newton broke the run with one of two Vogts free throws and a Vogts trey.

“We played so hard for a little over three quarters that by the end of the game, we were zapped,” Jordan said. “We played with so much physical energy and mental energy. That’s not to make an excuse. They started hitting some threes.”

Newton has a busy week this week, playing Tuesday at Campus, Thursday at Derby in a make-up game and hosting Maize Friday.

“We have to build on this,” Jordan said. “We have to keep the momentum. We have three big games left.”

SALINA CENTRAL (10-7, 5-4 AV-CTL I) — Wood 1 0-2 5, 2; Morris 0 0-0 1, 0; Sheltar 1 (2) 0-0 1, 8; Briggs 1 0-0 2, 2; Wiggins 3 0-0 2, 6; Counts 0 (2) 0-0 1, 6; Bennett 1 0-0 4, 2; Martin 1 0-0 2, 2; TOTALS 8 (4) 0-2 16, 28.

NEWTON (15-2, 8-1 AV-CTL I) — Hiebert 3 0-2 2, 6; Garver 0 (1) 0-1 0, 3; Pendry 1 (1) 1-3 3, 6; A.Lehman 1 0-0 2, 2; Vogts 1 (2) 6-8 3, 14; K.Lehman 1 4-6 1, 6; Scott 2 0-2 2, 4; TOTALS 9 (4) 11-22 15, 41.

S.Central 0 8 5 15 —28

Newton 11 11 11 8 —41