SALINA — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team took care of business early to claim a 43-22 win over Salina South Friday night in AV-CTL I play in Salina.

The win was Newton’s second straight, improving to 12-6, 6-4 in league play.

“In the last part of the second quarter, the last three or four minutes, we really let up,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “We didn’t get out and waited for shooters to catch before we went out and guard them. We gave them some easy looks. Part of that was we just got that big lead. The coaches challenged them and the second half was much better. We challenged shots. We passed the ball really well. They were very unselfish, in the second half especially.”

Jada Berry led Newton with 15 points. DesiRay Kernal added 10.

“Jada is just smart,” Jordan said. “She saw some opportunities that gave us a lift and helped give us a big lead. Des had some really nice plays. So did Kyndal (Bacon). Taylor (Antonowich) had some nice shots. That first one was really nice. The next two teams are going to play a lot of zone and I thought we ran the ball effectively against the zone. We had some nice cuts and good shots out of the zone. Kyndal managed the game out of the point-guard spot well.”

Jaydn Zamecnik led South with 13 points. The rest of the team was held to nine points.

Newton jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 4:43 of play. After a South time out, Berry and DesiRay Kernal each hit a layup off Berry steals to force a second Cougar time out. Aubrie Nichols hit a shot at the buzzer to put Newton up 14-2 at the end of the period.

South had five turnovers and just four shots in the first quarter.

Berry scored the first five points of the second quarter. South didn’t score again until Zamecnik hit a layup with 3:20 left in the half. After one of four Railer free throws, Zamecnik hit a trey. Zamecnik added a short jumper with six seconds left in the period to get South within 13, 22-9, at the half.

Newton put things away with a 10-3 third quarter. Newton did hit just two of six free throws in that span. Newton was four of seven from the field in the period.

Newton scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. South got back to within 18 late in the game.

Newton hosts Maize at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Maize edged Newton 45-42 in overtime in the first meeting as the Railers struggled with foul trouble throughout the game. Maize is 13-5 overall and 7-3 in league play. The Eagles are coming off a 55-46 win over Salina Central.

“They do a great job of mixing up defenses,” Jordan said. “We have to adjust to us on the fly. I’m feeling good about where the kids are right now. They are playing with a lot of confidence. They are playing together. They are enjoying each other. We just have to play our game. We want to control the tempo and play a fast game. We’re guarding really well right now. This team is guarding so much better right now. We make it tough for other teams to get shots off. The big thing for us is not to start doing things we don’t normally do.”

NEWTON (12-6, 6-4 AV-CTL I) — T.Antonowich 1 (1) 1-2 1, 6; Anderson 0 0-0 0, 0; Bartel 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Nichols 1 0-0 0, 2; Bacon 1 (1) 0-0 2, 5; Kernal 5 1-4 1, 11; Berry 6 (1) 0-1 2, 15; Brewer 0 1-2 1, 1; L.Antonowich 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 14 (4) 3-11 8, 43.

SALINA SOUTH (6-12, 2-8 AV-CTL I) — Zamecnik 3 (2) 1-2 1, 13; Hall 1 0-2 3, 2; Raubenstine 0 0-0 0, 0; Schrieber 0 0-0 1, 0; Connell 1 0-0 1, 2; Weatherd 0 0-0 1, 0; Valdez 0 (1) 2-2 1, 5; Maxton 0 0-0 0, 0; Marcotte 0 0-0 2, 0; Cox 0 0-0 0, 0; Simon 0 0-0 0, 0; Copes 0 0-0 0, 0; Schuman 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 5 (3) 3-6 10, 22.