The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Railer girls hold off Carroll in NIT

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  • The Newton High School girls’ basketball team got clutched and chucked and about everything but bit and scratched by the Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles, holding on for a 46-31 win Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 37th Newton Invitational at Ravenscroft Gym. The game was Newton’s most physical since Kearney (Neb.) in the finals of the Hays City Shootout. “A lot of kids stepped up today and elevated their game,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “Kelsi (Langley) got the rim. It put a lot of pressure on their defense. ... We shot the ball really well. That’s Kelsi’s best game of her career. She took a beating tonight, but she stepped up and played like a senior. There was a stretch where she took over the game.” “I don’t know what happens, but I get hit a lot,” Langley said. “It’s still a lot of fun. We talked in the huddle about getting it all together. ... We played really well as a team.” Newton was 18 of 28 shooting, four of 10 from 3-point range. Carroll was 12 of 39 shooting, four of 19 in the fourth quarter. Carroll was two of 10 from 3-point range. “We took really good shots tonight,” Jordan said. “I can only remember one off-balance shot. The rest of the shots we took were clean looks. We didn’t force shots.” Taylor Stahly scored 15 points to lead the 9-1 Railers. Kelsi Langley added 14 points. Abbie Lehman scored nine points with seven blocked shots. “We did a really good job of running our offense under pressure,” Stahly said. “It was really nice to just vacate to the corner, and then my teammates did the rest. Nobody has tried to press us since Kearney. They did a really nice job. We had to work together as a team to break it.” “Kelsi did a great job of getting to the rim,” Jordan said. “We talked about in time outs, getting to the rim because of their pressure. There were so many of them trying to guard Abbie, it gave Kelsi a chance to do some good things. That’s the thing about Abbie. It takes a lot of people to guard her.” Newton was without starting forward Emily Hiebert because of illness. “It was pretty tough,” Stahly said. “She’s a natural leader. She picks everybody up. It’s helpful to have her out there. We played through it.” “I had to handle the ball a lot more without Emily,” Langley said. “That helped (point guard) Jacque (Anderson) a lot. I hope we can get Emily back tomorrow. If not, we’ll have to step up again.” Carroll, 6-4, was led by Kayla Demel and Hannah Schauf with seven points each. It was the fifth straight game without a double-digit scorer against the Newton defense. Newton jumped out 7-2 in the first three minutes of play. Carroll came back with three of four free throws. Railer turnovers allowed Carroll to get within one by the end of the quarter, 13-12. Carroll opened the second quarter with the first four points. Newton came back with an 11-1 run to end the half and lead 24-17. Lehman capped the run with a layup with 30 seconds left in the half. Carroll missed a shot at the buzzer. Newton tried to slow the tempo down in the third quarter to bring Carroll out of its zone. The Railers outscored Carroll 8-2 to open the quarter. After a xxx Demel three-point play, Newton ended the period on a 5-0 run to lead 37-22 at the end of the quarter. Carroll missed its first six shots of the third quarter with Lehman blocking two. Newton turned the ball over twice in its first two possessions. Newton held Carroll scoreless for the first 4:45 of the fourth quarter. The Railers led by as many as 20. Carroll got back within 15 late. Newton, 9-1, takes on Bishop Miege at 8:15 p.m. today in the semifinals. “I think we match up better with them than we do Carroll size-wise,” Jordan said. “They are really good. It’s going to be a tough game. We’re going to have to keep them off the free throw line. We’re going to have to guard the perimeter. We just have to play with a lot of passion and intensity. We have to execute.”
    Page 2 of 2 - BISHOP CARROLL (6-4) — Oxler 2 0-0 2, 4; Youngers 1 0-0 0, 2; Lopez 1 (1) 0-2 2, 5; Hogan 0 0-0 0, 0; Bockover 1 4-7 2, 6; Demel 3 1-1 3, 4; Schauf 2 (1) 0-0 2, 7; Doerneman 0 0-0 2, 0; TOTALS 10 (2) 5-8 14, 31. NEWTON (9-1) — Porter 1 0-0 3, 2; Anderson 1 0-1 3, 2; Stahly 2 (3) 2-2 1, 15; Lehman 3 3-4 1, 9; Langley 5 (1) 1-3 2, 14; Carlgren 2 0-0 2, 4; TOTALS 14 (4) 6-10 12, 46. B.Carroll 12 5 5 9 —31 Newton 13 11 13 9 —46
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