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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  Railers return from break with win

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  • The Newton High School girls’ basketball team was in a rare position of being the smaller team, facing Derby Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Ravenscroft Gym. After some initial problems, the Railers were able to get their offense on track for a 44-32 win. “It’s a long time since we’ve played anybody that big,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “They are a very athletic team. They have a lot of quickness. We knew they would be dangerous. They took Salina South into overtime. I thought our 3/4-court pressure we used was effective tonight. They like to push the ball up the floor. “Our game plan was pretty simple — stop (Baylee Gee and Madi Greenwood) from dribbling up the floor. Other teams were trying to slow them down in space. They just make you look stupid. We just got back in transition all the way back to the lane. They couldn’t go all the way through. The other thing was try to keep (Alyxis Bowens) double teamed in the block. We did a good job as a team on her.” Taylor Stahly hit four 3-pointers to lead the Railers with 12 points. After a slow first half offensively, Abbie Lehman added 11 points. “We were doing a lot of passing and dribbling to start the game,” Jordan said. “Taylor hit some big shots. Emily (Hiebert) had a good overall game. She hurt her foot and didn’t practice much during the break. Abbie did a good job on defense tonight. Kelsey (Langley) played well on defense tonight. Her soccer instincts help her. She’s a senior and I appreciate her efforts tonight.” Mackenzie Holcomb led Derby with eight points. The Railers struggled from the outset with shooting and turnovers, falling behind 4-0. Newton rallied the rest of the period, taking a 9-8 lead on a Taylor Stahly trey with 12 seconds left in the quarter. Derby made an 8-2 run to start the second quarter. Newton was two of six from the free throw line in the run. Newton came back with an 8-0 run of its own led by two Stahly treys. A Logan Porter jumper at the buzzer kept Newton up by three, 23-20. Newton made a 9-2 run to start the third quarter. Newton led by as 11 late in the period, but a Bailey Hansen trey and a Mackenzie Holcomb layup, both off Newton turnovers, got Derby back within six, 34-28. Newton opened the final period on a 6-0 run. Derby broke the run with one of four free throws. Newton plays Tuesday at Hutchinson. “That’s going to be another challenge,” Jordan said. “They are a good team. They beat Derby. We’re going to have to play well against them.”DERBY (2-5, 1-4 AV-CTL I) — Young 0 0-0 3, 0; Hartman 0 0-0 0, 0; Steinert 0 1-2 0, 1; Mills 1 (1) 0-0 0, 5; Benway 0 2-2 0, 2; Gee 0 0-0 1, 0; Greenwood 2 0-2 4, 4; Hansen 0 (2) 0-0 2, 6; Bowens 1 2-4 4, 4; Holcomb 4 0-0 1, 8; Campbell 1 0-0 1, 2; TOTALS 9 (3) 5-10 16, 32. NEWTON (6-1, 3-1 AV-CTL I) — Porter 1 1-2 2, 3; Anderson 0 0-0 1, 0; Stahly 0 (4) 0-0 1, 12; Hiebert 2 (1) 0-2 2, 7; Bartel 0 0-0 0, 0; Lehman 5 1-1 3, 11; Langley 1 5-7 1, 7; Boston 0 0-0 0, 0; Carlgren 2 0-0 0, 4; TOTALS 11 (5) 7-12 10, 44. Derby 8 12 8 4 —32 Newton 9 14 11 10 —44   
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