The Newton High School girls’ basketball team followed one of its best shooting nights of the season with one of its worst, falling to Bishop Miege 56-41 Friday in the semifinals of the 37th Newton Invitational at Ravenscoft Gym. Miege, 10-3, faces Olathe Northwest at 6 p.m. today in an all-Johnson County NIT final. Newton, 9-2, plays Kapaun-Mt. Carmel at 4:30 p.m. for third place. Miege was 19 of 29 from the field, seven of 10 in the second half. Newton was 15 of 39 shooting, nine of 29 for the first three quarters. “They’re a very good team,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “They’re a legitimate state title contender. I didn’t think we came out with as much passion as we did last night. Last night was an emotional win. We can’t use that as an excuse. We got hung up in their screens. I tried switching them — sometimes we did, sometimes we didn’t — so I finally called a time out and told them to just fight through them. They run their stuff very well. We didn’t defend it very well. Late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter, we played with more passion. We just had no answer for them, and we have to figure it out.” Miege was led by Sydney Vaughn with 22 points, hitting eight of 12 from the field, including three of four 3-pointers. Vaughn is the first double-digit scorer against Newton in the last six games. Lexie Hughes added nine points. Newton was led by Abbie Lehman with 16 points, hitting seven of 14 from the field. Taylor Stahly added 10 points, eight in the second half. After seven lead changes early, Miege went on a 10-2 run to lead 17-10 at the end of the first quarter. Miege hit three 3-pointers in the period. Newton was two fo nine from the field. Newton got caught trading twos for threes in the second quarter, allowing Miege to lead by 11 at the end of the quarter, 29-18. Miege was 12 of 19 shooting in the first half, four of eight from 3-point range. Newton was five of 20 shooting in the first half, missing all five 3-point attempts. Miege put things away with a 15-2 run to start the third quarter, aided by four Railer turnovers. Stahly hit the Railers’ first trey with 4:40 remaining in the game. “I thought tonight, we got the looks we wanted,” Jordan said. “The shots we were making last night were not going down tonight. We took some bad shots in the first half. We addressed that at halftime.” Newton plays in the third-place game for the first time in three years, “(Kapaun) is a very good team too,” Jordan said. “They have a lot of size and a lot of speed. They will try and take you off the dribble. We just have to do a much better job of closing those drving lanes down.”

NEWTON (9-2) — Porter 2 0-0 1, 4; Anderson 0 0-0 1, 0; Stahly 1 (2) 2-2 2, 10; Hiebert 0 0-0 1, 0; Lehman 7 2-2 3, 16; Langley 2 2-4 1, 6; Carlgren 1 3-4 3, 5; TOTALS 13 (2) 9-12 12, 41. BISHOP MIEGE (10-3) — McFeders 0 0-0 0, 0; Hair 0 0-0 0, 0; Wolf 0 (2) 0-0 1, 6; Piggie 3 0-0 0, 6; Hughes 1 (1) 4-6 1, 9; Rocker 1 2-3 1, 4; Villegas 0 3-6 3, 3; Vaughn 5 (3) 3-3 3, 22; Shurn 3 0-0 1, 6; TOTALS 13 (6) 12-18 10, 56. Newton 10 8 8 15 —41 B.Miege 17 12 17 10 —56