SALINA — The Newton High School boys’ basketball team did almost everything right in the first half, but got away from what it was doing in the second half, falling to Salina Central 45-40 Thursday in the Class 5A sub-state semifinals in Salina.?Central, 14-6 and the top seed in the sub-state pool, advances to the finals Saturday. Central also wins the regular-season series 2-1.?Newton outscored Central 37-33 from the field, but was outscored 12-3 from the free throw line. Central had 25 attempts to seven for Newton. The Railers had 11 turnovers, five in the fourth quarter.?“They pressured our guards, and we had trouble with it,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “We stopped hitting our shots. We tried to go inside. We had two (turnovers) back-to-back in the backcourt that hurt us. One was for a layup. The other was for a three. It’s pretty amazing how many games these guys have been in this season. We played pretty good defense. Central can easily score 60 or 70 points.”?Mark Vaughn led Central with 15 points, hitting eight of 10 free throws. Max Kuhn hit four 3-pointers en route to 13 points.?Newton was led by Austin Krogmeier with 12 points.?The Railers hit their first four shots to lead 10-0. Central took a time out and ended the quarter on an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of treys.?Newton held Central scoreless for nearly 4 1/2 minutes in the second quarter, but had just four points to show for it. The Railers went up by 10 on a Josh Carlgren trey followed by a short jumper. A Kuhn trey with 38 seconds left in the half cut the Railer advantage to seven, 21-14, at intermission.?Newton hit nine of 20 from the field in the first half with four turnovers. Central was five of 17 with five turnovers.?Up eight early in the third quarter, Newton gave up a 12-2 run capped by a Kuhn trey to give Central its first lead of the game. One of two Josh Robinson free throws and a Jacob Wright layup off a steal put Newton back up 29-28 at the end of the period.?Central opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run to regain the lead, hitting five of seven free throws. Newton had five turnovers in the run. A Walker putback broke the run with 2:01 remaining in regulation, but Central answered with a quick layup on the other end.?Newton had a chance to get back in the game in the final minute. Down by five, Central missed the front end of a one-and-bonus. Drinnen was fouled, but also missed the free throws. Newton got the rebound, but a 3-point attempt went short. Central answered with a pair of free throws with 49.0 seconds in regulation. Newton got within four on a Drinnen trey with 25 seconds in regulation.?Newton ends the season 5-16. The Railers lose seven seniors, including three starters. Newton expects to return seven, including two starters. The Railers look to get a boost from a junior varsity program that finished 13-6.?“The seniors gave great leadership,” Cameron said. “They kept us focused. They kept them working hard in practice. They’re a good group of guys. (The returnees) have to get stronger. They have to beef up. We need to get some dribble-penetration, some ball handling. They have to break down defenses. A lot will depend on how much effort they put in the summer. There are some kids, if they want to work at it, will have a lot of potential. There’s a lot of skill work to be done. So many of the teams in this league have a lot of size.”

NEWTON (5-16) — Krogmeier 3 (2) 0-0 3, 12; Wright 1 0-0 0, 2; Drinnen 1 (1) 1-3 5, 6; Walker 2 (1) 0-0 1, 7; Carlgren 1 (1) 1-2 1, 6; J.Kingsley 0 0-0 4, 0; Downey 0 0-0 1, 0; Pauls 0 0-0 1, 0; Robinson 3 1-2 3, 5; Lehman 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 11 (5) 3-7 19, 40.?SALINA CENTRAL (14-6) — Cooper 1 (1) 0-1 2, 5; Bengtson 1 0-0 2, 2; Kuhn 0 (4) 1-2 1, 13; Kossow 0 0-0 0, 0; Allen 0 0-0 1, 0; Robl 0 0-0 0, 0; Hines 0 (1) 2-6 1, 5; Vaughn 2 (1) 8-10 3, 15; McNelly 2 1-6 0, 5; TOTALS 6 (7) 12-25 10, 45.?Newton 10 11 8 11 —40?S.Central 8 6 14 17 —45