MAIZE — Down by as many as 12, the Newton High School girls’ basketball team fought back to get into overtime against sixth-ranked Maize, but faltered in the extra period, falling 45-42 Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Maize.
The loss was the first of the season for the Railers, falling to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in AV-CTL I play. Maize improves to 4-1, 3-1 in league play.
“We’d been talking about playing four good quarters all season,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “At some point, its going to catch up with us. We had too many turnovers. We need to cut back on that. They had some turnovers too, but both teams guarded hard. Unfortunately, they had some shots go in the fourth quarter overtime that we contested. They had some bank in, in overtime, that’s part of playing at home. They had some bounce their way, but we shouldn’t have even been in that position. We learned a lot about ourselves. We need to fix some things. The thing that I was most proud of was the grit we showed tonight.”
Skyler led Maize with 17 points, followed by Sydney Holmes with 12.
DesiRay Kernal led Newton with 17 points, followed by Kyndal Bacon with 16.
“Amanda Dorrell came in and gave us some great minutes,” Jordan said. “We put her in during a tough spot and she came through for us.”
Newton jumped out to a 6-2 lead early. Maize got back within one by the end of the period, 10-9.
Newton scored the first basket of the second quarter and gave up a 7-0 run on a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw. Both Kernal and Jada Berry spent most of the period on the bench in foul trouble. The Railers fell behind by as many as 12 in the period, aided by turnovers and foul trouble. Newton trailed 27-17 at the end of the quarter.
Newton made a 5-2 run to start the third quarter. Alexis Cauthon broke the run with a trey. A Kernal layup with four seconds left in the period got Newton back within six, 32-26.
Bacon opened the fourth quarter with a Railer basket. Bacon tied the game with a pair of free throws with 3:49 in regulation.
After Newton missed a couple of chances to regain the lead, Baylee Miller put Maize back in the lead with a putback with 2:10 in regulation. After Bacon took a charge, Kernal tied the game with a layup with 55 seconds in regulation.
After trading turnovers, Maize missed a shot with five seconds left in regulation. Newton missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.
Gill scored for Maize two minutes into the overtime. Savannah Simmons hit one of two free throws for Newton, followed by a Gill trey to put the Railers down by four. Maize added two more free throws.
Newton got back within three on a Simmons free throw and a Kernal putback on the missed second attempt.
After a Maize miss from the free throw line, Megan Bartel hit a runner with 9.1 seconds remaining. After two more Maize free throws, a Newton 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off.
“We had a great look at the end,” Jordan said. “Normally when Kyndal has a look like that, she makes it. She makes those most of the time in practice.”
Newton plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buhler. The Crusaders are 0-4 after a 36-33 loss to Augusta.
“I’m not as much worried about what Buhler does as much as I’m worried about us,” Jordan said. “I’m worried about how we respond, how we come out, how we run our stuff. Overall, our shot selection was great. Early in the game, we had some drives where we’d pick up the dribble and knock it out of bounds, but for the most part, we took good shots tonight.”
NEWTON (4-1, 1-1 AV-CTL I) — Simmons 1 2-6 1, 4; Anderson 0 0-0 3, 0; Bartel 1 0-0 1, 2; Nichols 0 1-2 0, 1; Bacon 4 8-8 2, 16; Kernal 8 1-2 2, 17; Berry 1 0-0 5, 2; Brewer 0 0-0 1, 0; L.Antonowich 0 0-0 0, 0; Dorrell 0 0-1 0, 0; TOTALS 15 12-18 18, 42.
MAIZE (4-1, 3-1 AV-CTL I) — Cheng 0 0-0 1, 0; Holmes 1 (2) 4-5 3, 12; Jones 1 0-0 5, 2; Cauthon 0 (2) 3-4 4, 9; Gill 6 (1) 2-2 4, 17; Hanna 1 1-2 1, 3; Miller 1 0-0 2, 2; TOTALS 10 (5) 10-13 20, 45.
Technical foul — Mai.: Gill.