Newton middle school eighth grade boys and girls

Middle school

Eighth grade girls

Newton A 41, Haysville 27

Newton A 45, Haysville W. 24

Newton A 37, Derby Red 16

The Newton middle schools eighth-grade girls’ A basketball heads into the holiday break after three recent wins.

Newton downed Haysville 41-27 Monday in Haysville.

“It took us a full half before we decided to play ball,” Newton coach Bob Graber said. “In the third quarter, we outscored Haysville 20-11 and held them scoreless in the fourth quarter. We had a definite size disadvantage, but outrebounded Haysville 46-21. We started boxing out better in the second half.”

Newton downed Haysville West 45-24.

“We started extremely strong, outscoring Haysville West 29-12 in the first half,” Graber said. “We dominated every aspect of the game. Our rebounding was critical for us, especially on the offensive boards. We grabbed 15 offensive rebounds to four for Haysville. I was disappointed with our third-quarter play. We must learn not to let down when we have a big lead.”

Newton downed Derby Red 37-16 Dec. 12 in Newton.

“We won each quarter of the game, but we really put them away in the third quarter,” Graber said. “We came out of the halftime break strong, putting defensive pressure on them. This game was not our best shooting night, making only 17 of 42 field goals and three of 12 free throws. We dominated the boards, outrebounding Derby 35-14.”

Newton is 5-1 and plays Jan. 5 at Goddard.

Newton B 26, Haysville 4

Newton B 34, Haysville W. 16

Newton B 34, Derby Red 27

The Newton middle schools eighth-grade girls’ B basketball team finished a recent slate of games 3-0.

Newton downed Haysville 26-4 Monday in Haysville.

“The girls are growing as a team,” Newton coach Travis Combs said. “We’ve stressed team this, and team that, and what these girls are doing is awesome. We are playing like a clinched-fist team instead of an open-hand team, going in different directions. We played with good intensity and played good defense, stealing the ball 16 times. We were outsized, but we adjusted and made the plays. We need to improve our shooting, making just 12 of 51 shots, but we rebounded well, outrebounding Haysville 28-13. My expectations are high, and would like to see us win out the rest of the way.”

Newton downed Haysville West 34-16 Dec. 15 at home.

“Again, we played a great game,” Combs said. “Consistency may be setting in with these girls, playing as a team. When we took care of the ball, and made good passes, we’d score. When we made sloppy passes, they’d capitalize and score in transition. We did a better job of taking care of the ball, minimizing our errors. We were successful when we ran our offensive patterns and rebounded well. I liked our intensity in the game.”

Newton downed Derby Red 34-27 Dec. 12 in Newton.

“I felt we played team ball tonight,” Combs said. “We combined, had 11 players contribute, and won as a team. I felt this was the most complete game we’ve played so far this year. We got some offensive rebounds and converted on some stickbacks. We played pretty good defense, with our traps at half court being effective, causing them to turn the ball over. We still need to learn assignments and take care of the ball. We need to improve on our free throw shooting, making only four of 15 attempts. The players wanted the win and went out and got it.”

Newton is 4-2 and plays Jan. 5 at Goddard.

Eighth grade boys

Newton A 48, Haysville 16

Newton B 31, Haysville 20

The Newton middle schools eighth-grade boys’ basketball teams swept Haysville Monday at home.

The A team downed Haysville 48-16. Newton led 23-3 at the half.

The B team won 31-20. Newton led 21-9 at the half.

The A team is 5-1. The B team is 4-2.

Newton plays Jan. 5 at home against Goddard.