It was a typical game for the Newton High School boys’ basketball team this season — a lot of fight and a few chances to win.?The Railers played from behind for most of the night against the Hutchinson Salt Hawks — missing several chances to take the lead late and falling 49-39 Tuesday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play at Ravenscroft Gym.?“Once again, defensively we played well,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “We kept them off-balance. The problem was we weren’t scoring. Lane Pauls gave us a lift in the second half. ... We missed layups. We lost by 10 points. That’s five layups. If we finish shots and get focused down the stretch, we could be very dangerous. Not finishing layups has been a thorn in our side all year.”?Hutchinson, 10-9 overall and 7-4 in AV-CTL I play, was led by Braydon Wells and Trevor Turner with 11 points each. Brody Ackley added 10 points. Trevor Turner scored all of his points in the fourth quarter.?Newton was led by Pauls with nine points, hitting three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Austin Krogmeier and Gunar Drinnen each added eight points.?“(Sam) Lehman and (Josh) Robinson both played well inside,” Cameron said. “They’re two sophs. ... They’re getting better. Both of them stood up to Hutchinson. Hutchinson is very physical. ... We hit free throws. Lehman was two for three. Robinson was four for four. (Jack) Kingsley was two for two. They’re sophomores.”?Lehman and Robinson have seen their court time increase in recent games. The two combined for 10 points. Lehman, whose older sister Kate holds most of the school’s and state records for blocked shots, blocked three shots for the Railers.?Down 10-5 early, Newton made a 7-0 run. Hutchinson broke the run with one of two free throws, trailing 12-11 at the end of the period.?Newton led by as many as three early in the second quarter. Turnovers and Hutchinson outside shots allowed the Salt Hawks to lead by five at the half, 21-16.?Newton turned the ball over twice early in the third quarter. Hutchinson took advantage with a Higgins trey to go up by eight. After another Hutchinson trey, Lehman broke the run with a three-point play with three-point play with 3:05 left in the period, sparking a 7-0 Railer run. Josh Robertson capped the run with a pair of free throws with 2.7 seconds left in the period, putting Newton back within four, 27-23.?Lane Pauls opened the fourth quarter with a trey for Newton. Newton missed a chance to take the lead when a basket was called off on a charging foul. Hutchinson then hit a trey to go back up by four.?Newton again got within one with chances to tie or take the lead. Hutchinson came back with a layup and 3-pointer to lead by six with 1:37 left in regulation. Newton turned the ball over on a charge with 1:01 in regulation. Hutchinson put the game away with a pair of free throws and a layup.?“We lost (Trevor) Turner, and he hit a three — his only three of the night,” Cameron said. “We lost him in transition and he hit a wide-open three. That was a big shot.”?Newton ends the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Maize, 7-12 after a 48-45 loss to Salina Central.?“Maize is a whole lot better,” Cameron said. “We’ve got to get an offensive threat. We need to penitrate We need to break down defenses. We need to stop having these moments like we had tonight where we were up 16-13 and then got stuck on 16 for a long time. We’ve been playing some tough defense.”

HUTCHINSON (10-9, 7-4 AV-CTL I) — Higgins 0 (3) 0-0 3, 9; Parra 1 0-0 1, 2; Wells 1 (3) 0-0 0, 11; Slaton 0 1-2 1, 1; Gaines-Grissom 0 0-0 2, 0; C.Turner 1 0-1 3, 2; T.Turner 2 (1) 4-4 4, 11; Downey 1 1-2 2, 3; Ackley 1 (2) 2-2 1, 10; TOTALS 7 (9) 8-11 16, 49.?NEWTON (5-14, 3-7 AV-CTL I) — Krogmeier 4 0-1 4, 8; Wright 0 0-0 1, 0; Morrison 0 0-0 0, 0; Drinnen 1 (2) 0-0 1, 8; Walker 0 0-0 3, 0; Carlgren 0 0-0 1, 0; J.Kingsley 0 2-2 1, 2; Downey 1 0-0 1, 2; Pauls 1 0-0 1, 2; Pauls 0 (3) 0-0 0, 9; Robinson 1 4-4 2, 6; Hall 0 0-0 0, 0; Turner 0 0-0 0, 0; Lehman 1 2-3 1, 4; TOTALS 8 (5) 8-10 15, 39.?Hutch 11 10 6 22 —49?Newton 12 4 7 16 —39