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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Railer boys crush Campus

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  • It’s been a long, long time since the Newton High School boys’ basketball team gave out a whooping like the Railers gave Campus Tuesday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Ravenscorft Gym. The Railers were 38 of 59 shooting in a 95-40 win. The Railers were 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Newton jumped out to a big lead early and never relinquished it. “They were tied at halftime against Derby and they lost to Maize by five,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “Our kids came out and did a nice job. We stayed focused in the second half. All of the kids played well. We finally hit free throws.” Lane Pauls led the Railers with 17 points, hitting six of 10 from the field — five of six from 3-point range. “I got an open one early,” Pauls said. “I had a good game last week, so I just stayed out on a roll. Once you get hot, it’s easy to stay hot. I had three in the first quarter. We hit from the free throw line a lot better. We finished our layups. We got into transition tonight. That team was pretty tired by the third quarter. It’s good to come home and make a statement before the break — especially with a league game. “We just have to stay focused. We have a tough one coming back. Derby is ranked fifth in 6A, so we’re going to have to stay focused for that one.” “Lane Pauls hit some shots, but he did a lot of things on defense,” Cameron said. Austin Krogmeier scored 15 points, followed by Gunar Drinnen with 14. All 13 players dressed for Newton scored. Sophomore Riley Kingsley came off the bench in the fourth quarter and hit eight of eight free throws. “We started recognizing this summer that we have a lot of kids who can play,” Cameron said. Campus was just 12 of 36 from the field. The Colts had 28 turnovers to Newton’s 15. “The kids did a good job on defense,” Cameron said. “At the same time, we still need to limit our turnovers. Jonny Hyde and Colton Flax each scored six points to lead the Colts, 1-5 overall and 0-4 in AV-CTL I play. Down 5-4, Newton made a 16-1 run capped by a pair of Pauls 3-point shots to lead 20-6 at the end of the quarter. Newton opened the second quarter with a 7-2 run. Campus stayed even with the Railers for the rest of the period. Newton led by 20 at the half, 39-19. Newton was outscored 9-1 from the free throw line in the first half, keeping the Colts in the game. Newton opened the third quarter on a 21-3 run. The Railers allowed just two more points in the period, leading 70-24. Newton opened the fourth quarter on a 10-5 run. The benches were dumped with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining. “I was happy that we came out in the second half and continued to play,” Cameron said, “instead of playing hard one half and coming out flat in the second. We’re getting close. We’re not playing great, but we’re getting close.” Newton is off until Jan. 4, when the Railers host Derby, ranked sixth in the latest coaches poll in Class 6A. Derby is 6-0 after a 72-43 win over Salina Central Tuesday. “We need a break right now,” Cameron said. “We’ll practice Wednesday and Thursday. Then we’ll take a week off and come back with Derby. They are very good. Our kids know that. We saw them this summer at some tournaments our kids played at. They go 6-7, 6-5, 6-5, 6-4. We’re going to have a tough stretch when we come back. We have Derby, Hutch and then the (Dodge City Tournament of Champions). We will be facing up to five state-contending teams. We just have to keep getting better. I’m proud of them.”CAMPUS (1-5, 0-4 AV-CTL I) — Smith 0 0-0 0, 0; Nicks 0 (1) 1-2 2, 4; Sparks 1 2-2 1, 4; Saucedo 2 1-1 0, 5; Strotkamp 1 0-0 1, 2; Schutt 1 1-2 1, 5; Solis 0 0-0 0, 0; Cooper 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Hyde 0 (1) 3-5 1, 6; Moore 1 0-0 1, 2; Chavez 0 (1) 0-0 3, 3; Flax 1 (1) 1-2 2, 6; Dugan 0 2-2 1, 2; Charles 0 0-0 0, 0; P.Johnson 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 7 (5) 11-16 14, 40. NEWTON (3-3, 2-1 AV-CTL I) — Krogmeier 7 1-2 0, 15; Wright 2 0-0 3, 4; Morrison 4 0-0 3, 8; Drinnen 6 2-2 2, 14; Walker 0 (1) 0-0 4, 3; Carlgren 1 0-0 0, 2; J.Kingsley 4 1-1 1, 9; R.Kingsley 0 8-8 0, 8; Downey 2 0-0 3, 4; Pauls 1 (5) 0-0 0, 17; Robinson 3 0-0 1, 6; Lehman 1 1-2 1, 3; Hall 1 0-0 2, 2; TOTALS 32 (6) 12-13 20, 95. Campus 6 13 5 16 —40 Newton 20 19 31 25 —95   
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