HAYSVILLE — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team moved closer to a number one seed in Class 5A sub-state play Tuesday after a 43-27 win over Campus in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Haysville. Newton improves to 14-3, 7-2 in AV-CTL I play. Campus falls to 5-12, 1-9 in league play. Newton stays two games behind Maize in AV-CTL I play with three games remaining. The Railers move into first in the sub-state pool, one game ahead of Salina South. The top two teams in the sub-state pool get home court advantage in the sub-state. “I thought we played pretty well,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “From start to finish, we played pretty good basketball. We defended really well. We kept the ball on one side of the floor. We did a good job of helping each other. On offense against the zone, we were patient and got great looks. Anytime we play against the zone, we want Abbie (Lehman) to touch the ball. The kids did a great job of being disciplined and looking for Abbie.” Lehman led all scorers with 11 points. Hannah Carlgren added eight points. Six other Railer players scored. Brianna Bosley led Campus with seven points. “We were able to play more players,” Jordan said. “Hopefully, that will pay off during sub-state and state, allowing us to be a little deeper. I thought our regular seven played really well. The rest of the girls played hard. At this time of the year, as a coach, I’m looking to see our we starting to take better care of the basketball, take good shots and understand our whole concept. Tonight, they showed they can be disciplined and can guard hard. In February, it can be a hard month. Kids can get tired and lose focus. Tonight, they played focused basketball.” Newton took control of the game early, especially from the inside, leading 16-4 at the end of the first quarter. Lehman scored eight points in the first quarter. Newton continued to pull away in the second quarter, but not at the same pace. The Railers outscored Campus 9-5 in the period, leading 25-9 at the half. Neither team generated much offense in the third quarter. The Railers made a 3-1 run on a Taylor Stahly three-point play. Campus was one of four from the line, getting the Colts’ team score in double digits. Newton led 32-12 at the end of the period. The Colts stayed close to Newton in the fourth quarter, cutting into the lead in the late minutes. Newton plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Derby, which improved to 8-10 after a 62-49 win over Hutchinson. Newton beat Derby 44-32 in the first meeting as the Panthers played close in the first half. “They are playing well right now,” Jordan said. “They beat (Salina) Central bad on Central’s home court (57-41). We have to control (Alyxis) Bowens. She scored 35 against Central. We have to do some things defensively. Abbie always does a good job against her, but Abbie is going to need some help. We’ll do some things defensively different from last time, because they are a different team than we played the first time.”

NEWTON (14-3, 7-2 AV-CTL I) — Porter 2 0-1 4, 4; Anderson 0 (1) 0-0 2, 3; Stahly 2 1-1 0, 5; Hiebert 3 0-1 2, 6; Bartel 1 0-0 0, 2; Lehman 5 1-2 0, 11; Boston 0 0-0 0, 0; Carlgren 3 2-3 3, 8; Roberts-Parker 0 0-0 0, 0; Thieszen 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 16 (2) 5-10 13, 43. CAMPUS (5-12, 1-9 AV-CTL I) — Leeper 1 (1) 0-0 3, 5; Barnum 1 0-0 0, 2; Keck 1 0-0 1, 2; Bosley 2 3-6 3, 7; Mauldin 0 0-0 0, 0; Brown 1 4-6 2, 6; Ivy 1 1-4 0, 3; Zavala 1 0-0 0, 2; Clark 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 8 (1) 8-16 12, 27. Newton 16 9 7 11 —43 Campus 4 5 3 15 —27