A 13-3 third quarter run put the Olathe Northwest girls’ basketball team in the finals of the Newton Invitational Tournament for the second straight year, after a 63-51 win over the Andover Central Jaguars Friday in the semifinals at Ravenscroft Gym.


A 13-3 third quarter run put the Olathe Northwest girls’ basketball team in the finals of the Newton Invitational Tournament for the second straight year, after a 63-51 win over the Andover Central Jaguars Friday in the semifinals at Ravenscroft Gym.

Northwest, 10-1, faces Newton at 4:30 p.m. today. Andover Central, 7-5, plays Kapaun-Mt. Carmel for third place at 3 p.m. today.

“We got down but kept fighting back in the first half,” Central coach Stana Jefferson said. “They know what to do to get back. In the third quarter, we lost our composure. That is a very good team. They don’t make many mistakes. When they make a mistake, we have to learn how to capitalize on that mistake. We missed a lot of free throws tonight. We just have to regroup and get ready to win the third-place game.”

Jaylah Jackson led Northwest with 20 points, followed by Kelsey Brooks with 17 and Michaela Crall with 10.

Cami Gee led Central with 23 points.

Brooks scored seven points in the first minute for the Ravens. Central quickly reeled Northwest back in. A Gee trey with 2:30 left in the quarter put the Jags up by one, 13-12. Northwest ended the quarter on a 5-0 run.

The Ravens opened the second quarter with four more points to add to the run. Evan Stamp broke the run with a pullup jumper. Central took a brief lead with a trey midway in the quarter. Jackson replied with a trey for the Ravens.

Gee hit two free throws in the final minute to get Central within one, 29-28.

Northwest made a 6-0 run to start the third quarter. Gee scored Central’s first points of the period on a three-point play with 3:35 remaining. Northwest pulled back out by nine at the end of the period, 42-31.

Central got back in the game with a 8-4 run to start the fourth quarter. A Snodgrass trey got the Jags within six with 1:30 to play. The Ravens hit free throws to put it out of reach.