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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Railer girls rally to stop Riley County

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  • HAYS — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team needed a 14-3 fourth-quarter run to take down seventh-ranked (KBCA, Class 3A) Riley County 47-38 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Hays City Shootout. Newton takes on host Hays at 6:30 p.m. today in the semifinals. Riley County meets Colby in the consolation semifinals. “Abbie Lehman got in foul trouble in the second quarter, and we had to sit her with about six minutes left in the first half,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “The kids did a really good job of staying in the game. In the second half, we were down by 12. We settled down and started moving the ball against their zone. We took the lead early in the fourth quarter and never gave it up.” Newton trailed 15-13 after the first quarter and 26-20 at the half. Newton got back within two at the end of the third quarter. Taylor Oliver’s 3-point shot was the only scoring the Falcons managed in the fourth quarter. Newton was six of nine from the free throw line in the final period. Abbie Lehman led the Railers with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Logan Porter scored eight points. Taylor Stahly scored seven. Katelyn Thomson led Riley County with 12 points. Madison Vargo and Oliver each scored nine points. Newton was outscored 27-6 from 3-point range, but Newton outscored Riley County 13-1 from the free throw line. “It was a great team effort,” Jordan said. “I’m happy with the way we defended in the second half. We took away their inside game and forced them to shoot from outside. They are a good shooting team and hit nine 3-pointers. We were pretty balanced after Abbie. We distributed the ball well. Emily (Hiebert) had 10 assists. Hannah Carlgren had some key rebounds late in the game.” Newton swept Hays last year, winning 51-47 in the third-place game of the Hays City Shootout and 51-43 in the Class 5A sub-state finals. Hays advanced with a 53-43 win over Colby. “They are a diffent team from last year,” Jordan said. “They graduated (Paige) Lunsford, who went to Fort Hays State. They aren’t as big in the post as they were last year. They tried to push the ball down the court against Colby, which Riley County tried against us, and Riley County is one of the best at pushing the ball upcourt. We will match up well against Hays.”NEWTON (1-0) — Porter 3 2-3 2, 8; Anderson 0 0-0 1, 0; Stahly 0 (2) 1-2 1, 7; Hiebert 0 3-4 0, 3. Lehman 8 4-4 3, 20; Langley 1 1-2 3, 3; Carlgran 2 2-3 3, 6; TOTALS 14 (2) 13-19 13, 47. RILEY COUNTY (0-1) — Busch 0 0-0 2, 0; Mad.Vargo 1 (2) 1-2 4, 9; Kulp 0 0-0 1, 0; Thomson 0 (4) 0-0 2, 12; Mak.Vargo 2 0-0 3, 4; Oliver 0 (3) 0-1 1, 9; Engle 0 0-0 2, 0; Prockish 2 0-0 1, 4; TOTALS 5 (9) 1-3 15, 38. Newton 13 7 18 14 —47 Riley Co. 15 11 9 3 —38   

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