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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Railer boys fall to Cougars

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  • The Newton High School boys’ basketball team played a brilliant stretch late in the first quarter and the entire second quarter, then went flatter than a tortilla in the third, leading to a 62-52 loss to Salina South Tuesday at Ravenscroft Gym. South outscored Newton 22-16 from the free throw line. The two teams combined for 50 fouls, 27 against the Railers. South made 35 trips to the free throw line to 24 for Newton. “The defense the third quarter,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “In the first half, our kids came out and scrapped, fought. In the third quarter, we didn’t move our feet. The zone is to stop penetration, and we gave it up. You can’t play defense like that and expect to win games. Then we didn’t score. We have to learn we have to play the entire game — not just a half a game or a quarter. We’re not big. We’re not going to out-physical anyone. When you play defense, you get energy. There’s a lesson there.” Newton falls to 4-11, 2-6 in AV-CTL I play. South improves to 6-9, 3-4 in AV-CTL I play. South sweeps the regular-season series. Justin Stonebraker led the Cougars with 18 points. Austin Krogmeier led Newton with 15 points. Grant Walker added 10 points. Newton opened the game cold from the field, falling behind 14-2 in the first 4 1/2 minutes. Newton replied with a 10-2 run to get within four at the end of the quarter. Newton fell behind by as many as six in the second quarter, but ended the period on a 15-3 run to lead 30-24 at the half. Newton hit nine of 13 free throws in the second quarter. South was two of five from the line in the second quarter. Newton was nine of 27 from the field in the first half, while South was 10 of 24. South had nine turnovers to Newton’s four. South opened the third quarter on a 7-3 run, missing a pair of free throws that would have tied the game. Lane Pauls broke the run with a trey with 3:16 remaining in the period. Ryan Fox tied the game with a three-point play, followed by a Zach Nachbar putback. Newton trailed 44-40 at the end of the quarter. South opened the fourth quarter with a pair of Fox free throws. Fouls were 9-2 against Newton at that point. Both teams struggled from the field early in the fourth quarter. Newton got within three with 5:01 remaining in regulation. Connor Ryan hit a trey with 2:08 in regulation to get South up by eight. After a Railer turnover, Shawn Smith hit one of two free throws. Newton hosts Goddard Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Eisenhower, 14-1, is ranked fourth in the Class 5A coaches poll. Eisenhower is led by Travon Evans at 26.4 points a game “They are one of the state’s finest teams,” Cameron said. “Travon Evans is one of the state’s best players. Regardless of who we play, we need to play 32 minutes. I think they know that. We have to play at a high level of energy and we have to hit free throws. The kids will come back.”
    Page 2 of 2 - SALINA SOUTH (6-9, 3-4 AV-CTL I) — Nachbar 3 3-4 2, 9; Ryan 1 (1) 2-2 3, 7; Stonebraker 3 (3) 3-7 5, 18; Kroeker 1 0-1 2, 2; Mar 1 0-0 0, 2; Renk 0 9-12 4, 9; Fox 2 4-4 4, 8; Smith 3 1-3 3, 7; TOTALS 14 (4) 22-25 23, 62. NEWTON (4-11, 2-6 AV-CTL I) — Kroegmeier 6 3-5 3, 15; Wright 1 0-0 3, 2; Morrison 1 2-3 3, 4; Drinnen 3 1-3 4, 7; Walker 0 (2) 4-4 3, 10; Carlgren 0 0-0 0, 0; J.Kingsley 1 (1) 0-0 2, 5; Downey 0 1-2 1, 1; Pauls 0 (1) 3-3 3, 6; Robinson 0 2-2 3, 2; Lehman 0 0-0 2, 0; TOTALS 12 (4) 16-21 27, 52. S.South 16 8 18 18 —62 Newton 12 18 10 12 —52
     
     
     
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