DERBY — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team held off a scrappy Derby Panther squad, winning 49-43 Friday night in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Derby. The win was Newton’s fifth straight. Newton improves to 15-3, 8-2 in AV-CTL I play. Newton also clinches home-court advantage in Class 5A sub-state play. Newton played the last 88 seconds without starting post Abbie Lehman, who fouled out. “We’ve been practicing more and more without her in case this situation ever came up,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “Hannah (Carlgren) helped off. We played great team defense the whole night. We held (Madi) Greenwood in check. She had to work for everything. Our defense was real solid tonight.” Carlgren led the Railers with 14 points, followed by Kelsi Langley with 12. Greenwood led Derby with 12 points. Alyxis Bowens added nine. “Emily did a good job on (Greenwood),” Jordan said. “We tried to give her some space. Emily got hung up on some off-ball (screens), but she was able to get through them. ... Bowens went 35 against Salina Central and 28 against Hutch. Derby’s gotten a lot better. We had to do well against Bowens. Abbie did a good job against her. “Kelsi played like a senior. She’s sick. She hasn’t been feeling well. Her throat is sore and she’s running a fever. She hit a couple clutch shots when we needed them. Taylor (Stahly) hit some huge free throws for us. She hit four in a row. ... (Logan) Porter did a great job against Bowens.” Newton broke to a 10-4 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes of play, aided by five Derby turnovers. After a Derby time out, the Panthers committed two more turnovers, but the Railers didn’t convert. Derby scored two more baskets to end the quarter, cutting Newton’s lead to four, 12-8. Derby scored the first basket of the second quarter. Newton followed with an 8-0 run capped by an Emily Hiebert three-point play. Derby’s Haley Mills hit a trey at the buzzer to get the Panthers back within seven, 20-13. “The first four minutes of the game was really important,” Jordan said. “We turned them over a few times. I think we got them on their heels. Derby came back, they’re good, but our kids responded real well.” Derby opened the third quarter with a pair of free throws and a Bowens layup. Newton replied with an 8-0 run. Derby then scored on a pair of Bailey Hansen treys. Newton got back up by nine. One of two Bowens free throws got Derby within eight, 34-26. Newton opened the fourth quarter with a Carlgren jumper. Derby came back with a 5-0 run stopped by a Langley trey. A Langley layup with 4:41 remaining put Newton back up by 10. Derby came back with a 7-0 run capped by a Mills trey. Newton broke the run with a Carlgren jumper with two minutes in regulation. Derby missed a pair of free throws with 1:28 in regulation, but Katie Hartman stole the rebound and got the layup. Newton replied with a pair of Stahly free throws. Derby replied with a Greenwood trey, answered by two more Stahly free throws. After a Derby miss, Carlgren put the game away with two more free throws. Newton hosts Hutchinson at 6 p.m. Tuesday for senior night. “Hutch has gotten better,” Jordan said. “Like tonight, we need to play hard the first four minutes."

NEWTON (15-3, 8-2 AV-CTL I) — Porter 0 0-0 0, 0; Anderson 0 0-0 3, 0; Stahly 1 (1) 4-4 0, 9; Hiebert 3 1-1 1, 7; Lehman 3 1-2 5, 7; Langley 2 (2) 2-2 1, 12; Carlgren 5 4-5 1, 14; TOTALS 14 (3) 12-14 11, 49. DERBY (8-10, 4-7 AV-CTL I) — Young 1 0-0 1, 2; Hartman 1 0-0 0, 2; Mills 0 (2) 0-0 2, 6; Benway 0 2-4 4, 2; Greenwood 4 (1) 1-1 0, 12; Hansen 0 (2) 0-0 2, 6; Bowens 3 3-4 3, 9; Holcomb 2 0-0 0, 4; Carbonell 2 0-0 0, 4; TOTALS 11 (5) 6-9 12, 43. Newton 12 8 14 —49 Derby 8 5 13 17 —43