The Newton High School girls’ basketball teams may be done with ranked opponents for a couple of weeks, but the Railers aren’t done with tough games. In just the second meeting between the two teams, Goddard Eisenhower proved to be a tough matchup with the Railers having to pull away in the fourth quarter for a 56-37 win Friday at Ravenscroft Gym. Newton needed an 18-6 fourth quarter to secure the win. “We played well in the fourth quarter, and picked it up in the third quarter a little,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “Until then, we were just outplayed for the first 2 1/2 quarters. We couldn’t get Abbie (Lehman) in the offense. She was getting pushed around quite a bit inside. We weren’t attacking the zone. We needed to be more intense early. We were caught standing, stagnant.” The two teams each had 19 turnovers. Newton, 13-3, was led by Kelsi Langley with 16 points. Taylor Stahly added 13. Emily Hiebert scored nine and Lehman had eight. Eisenhower, 7-9, was led by Rachel Lee with 11 points. Kilah Hoenscheidt scored eight points and Brynn Minor added seven. Newton outscored Eisenhower 15-4 from the line. The Railers had just two misses. “We’ve been working a lot on free throws lately,” Jordan said. “We’ve been shooting about 65 percent from the line, which isn’t good enough, but we have been doing better the past few games. We rebounded well. We’ve been emphasizing that a lot. We didn’t defend nearly as well as we needed to in the first half. We pride ourselves on defense, and it wasn’t there tonight.” The two teams combined for six turnovers in the first three minutes of play. Eisenhower took a 7-3 lead early. A Stahly trey with five seconds left in the quarter tied the game 11-11. Newton outscored Eisenhower 5-2 to open the second quarter, but the Tigers tied the game on a Lee trey. Newton responded with a 10-2 run, but a Kilah Hoenscheidt layup off a steal cut the Railer lead to 10 at the half, 26-20. The two teams combined for 20 turnovers by the half. Only six fouls were called, four on Eisenhower. Newton scored the first basket of the third quarter, but missed chances to get its lead into double digits. After hitting 10 of 16 from the field in the first half, Newton was just one of seven to open the third quarter. The Railers led by as many as nine late in the quarter, but got as close as five. A pair of Logan Porter free throws put Newton back up by seven, 38-31, at the end of the period. Newton opened the fourth quarter with a pair of Langley free throws and a Lehman putback. Eisenhower got back in the game with a Brynn Minor trey with 4:48 in regulation. Newton travels to Campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday to resume Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play. “We’re going to see a lot of zone there,” Jordan said. “They like to play man, but I don’t think they can match-up as well playing man. We’re going to have to be a lot more motivated coming out. We won’t have the home crowd to pick us up like we had tonight. We still control our own destiny in sub-state.”

GODDARD EISENHOWER (7-9) — Lee 1 (3) 0-1 2, 11; Ebarb 1 0-0 2, 2; Teufel 0 0-0 0, 0; Medberry 1 0-0 1, 2; Minor 1 (1) 2-2 2, 7; Hoenscheidt 3 2-2 4, 8; Em.King 1 (1) 0-0 4, 5; Blasi 0 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 9 (5) 4-5 16, 37. NEWTON (13-3) — Porter 1 2-2 2, 4; Anderson 0 0-0 2, 0; Stahly 2 (3) 0-0 0, 13; Hiebert 3 (1) 0-0 2, 9; Bartel 0 0-0 0, 0; Lehman 4 0-1 1, 8; Langley 2 (1) 9-10 3, 16; Boston 0 0-0 0, 0; Saenz 0 2-2 0, 2; Carlgren 1 2-2 0, 4; Roberts 0 0-0 0, 0; Thieszen 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 13 (5) 15-17 10, 56. G.Eisen. 11 9 11 6 —37 Newton 11 15 12 18 —56