DERBY — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team struggled to do much of anything on offense, leading to a 51-23 loss to Derby Tuesday in AV-CTL I play in Derby.

The Panthers used an 18-2 second quarter to put things away.

Newton falls to 7-1, 3-2 in AV-CTL I play, while Derby improves to 6-1, 6-0 in league play. Both teams entered the game ranked fourth in their respective classes in the coaches poll.

Newton held Division I prospects Kennedy Brown and Tor’E Alford to 12 and seven points respectively, but the rest of the Panthers were able to light it up from the outside. Holly Mills added 11.

“The girls watched a lot of video and I watched a lot of video. This was by far the best game they played,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “When a team is this hot, there is not a lot you can do. We did everything we could do. We never gave up. We kept trying to attack. It was just one of those nights. … It wasn’t meant to be. My hat’s off to them. They couldn’t miss.”

Newton was led by DesiRay Kernal with 11 points.

Brown blocked six shots for Derby, three in the third quarter. Newton’s Kyndal Bacon is 10 inches shorter than Brown at 5-8, but managed three blocks for the Railers.

“Kyndal played hard and never gave up,” Jordan said. “DesiRay played hard all night long. We ask a lot out of her. She was on an island with Brown. I just told the kids, we have some take-aways from tonight. They’ll battle regardless. We’ll mark them on the calendar and get ready for the next game.”

Newton turned the ball over on each of its first four possessions, allowing Derby to take a 10-0 lead. Kernal hit a trey and a three-point play in a 6-2 Railers run. A Savannah Simmons layup off a steal with 17 seconds left in the period got the Railers within five, 15-10.

Newton gave up a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, turning the ball over three times in the first four minutes of the period. Kernal broke the run with a pair of free throws with 3:25 left in half. Newton didn’t score for the rest of the half. A Brown layup with six seconds remaining put Derby up 33-12.

Newton was just four of 18 shooting in the first half, while Derby was 12 of 28. Newton had 12 turnovers to eight for the Panthers.

A pair of Derby treys opened up an 11-3 Panther run to open the third quarter. Newton trailed 49-17 at the end of the period to start the running clock in the fourth.

Newton won the fourth quarter 6-2.

Newton hosts McPherson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ravenscroft Gym. McPherson, ranked second in Class 4A, Division I, is 8-1 after a 64-34 win over Augusta. Newton beat McPherson on a Kernal buzzer-beater last year. Derby’s sole loss was by five to McPherson.

McPherson’s sole loss was by eight against top-ranked (Class 4A, Division I) and Newton Invitational entrant Bishop Miege.

“We have to battle back from this and be ready to play Mac,” Jordan said. “Mac can shoot well from the 3-point line. They don’t have a 6-6 player inside, but they have some great shooters.”

NEWTON (7-2, 3-2 AV-CTL I) — Simmons 2 2-4 1, 6; Anderson 0 0-0 2, 0; Bartel 0 0-0 0, 0; Bacon 1 0-0 2, 2; Kernal 2 (1) 4-5 1, 11; Berry 0 0-0 3, 0; Brewer 1 0-0 2, 2; L.Antonowich 0 0-0 0, 0; Dorrell 1 0-0 0, 2; TOTALS 7 (1) 6-9 11, 23.

DERBY (6-1, 6-0 AV-CTL I) — Nilles 1 (2) 1-2 1, 9; Al.Myers 1 2-2 4, 4; Winkle 0 0-0 0, 0; Kennedy 0 0-2 1, 0; Ah.Myers 0 0-0 0, 0; Schomp 1 (2) 0-0 0, 8; Johnson 0 0-0 0, 0; Alfoprd 2 (1) 0-0 3, 7; He.Mills 0 0-0 1, 0; Henson 0 0-0 0, 0; Ho.Mills 2 (2) 1-1 2, 1; Brown 4 (1) 1-1 0, 12; TOTALS 11 (8) 5-8 12, 51.