DERBY — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team had no offensive rhythm whatsoever in a 39-34 loss to Derby Friday night in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Derby.
The loss drops 13-3 Newton into second place in AV-CTL I play at 6-2, one game behind Maize. Newton and Derby split the regular-season series. Derby improves to 13-4, 6-3 in league play.
“We made stuff up,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “Those circus shots we took in the first half, when we were spinning, those really hurt us because then we had to really sprint back in transition. A lot of times, we were late getting back in transition because of that. We took terrible care of the basketball tonight. I know we had some players with eight turnovers just them alone. There were times when we’d vacate backside help on (Kennedy) Brown. Just stuff that the kids know better. … We can’t shoot five of 13 from the line and expect to win on the road. The little things you have to do in this league, especially on the road, we didn’t do. I don’t have the Xs and Os for that. We have to take ownership. We need to start working on the little things that matter.”
Derby was led by Kennedy Brown with 12 points and nine blocked shots. Newton was led by Kyndal Bacon with 10 points.
Derby was five of 18 from the line while Newton was five of 13.
“Taylor (Antonowich) did a good job on Tor’E (Alford),” Jordan said. “Tor’E had to take some difficult shots. But at times, we’d go leave a girl in the corner to go help, but then that girl would drill a three. We were within two and left a girl wide open for a three. A lot of that was just being lazy. We’re not a lazy team, but we have lazy moments.”
Newton forced three turnovers in the first 90 seconds of play, but only managed a point out of it, trailing 4-1 early. Newton finished the period with the final six points, including a Bacon jumper with two seconds left to put Newton up 7-4.
Newton opened the second quarter with an Abby Schmidt layup. Derby came back with a trey and a layup to tie the game. After a Railer time out and turnover, Derby regained the lead on a Brown trey. Derby added four more points to the run. A Taylor Antonowich trey with six seconds left in the quarter got the Railers back within six, 18-12, at the half.
Newton finished the half five of 21 shooting, while Derby was eight of 15. Newton won the rebounding battle in the first quarter, but lost it in the second. Derby missed all seven free throw attempts in the first half.
Newton opened the third quarter with a 6-1, but a Derby trey sparked a 5-0 Panther run.
Newton closed to within two late in the period. A Jade Winter basket with 30 seconds left put Derby back up by four at the end of the quarter, 28-24.
Derby scored a pair of baskets to start the fourth quarter. Newton came back with a layup and a trey. Derby responded with one of two free throws and a layup off a turnover to get back out by seven with 4:05 remaining. Alford added one of two free throws with 3:12 to play.
Newton came back with a pair of DesiRay free throws and a Bacon jumper to get within four. Newton missed a chance to get within two, but turned the ball over with 41.9 seconds to play. After a missed free throw for Derby, Newton missed two free throws. Newton rebounded the second miss and Kernal hit one of two free throws with 7.6 seconds in regulation. Brown was fouled on the miss, hitting both free throws.
Newton hosts Salina South at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ravenscroft Gym.
“We have to regroup and start working on the fundemental things,” Jordan said. “We have to work on the little things, which we’re capable of doing. … We’re a good team when we play together and do what we’re supposed to. We did that in spurts, but we’re not playing together all the time.”
NEWTON (13-3, 6-2 AV-CTL I) — Antonowich 0 (1) 0-2 1, 3; Simmons 0 0-2 0, 0; Remsberg 0 0-0 0, 0; Bacon 5 0-1 3, 10; Kernal 0 (1) 4-6 3, 7; Berry 1 (1) 0-0 3, 5; Brewer 0 0—0 1, 0; Schmidt 2 1-2 3, 5; Akers 2 0-0 1, 4; TOTALS 10 (3) 5-13 15, 34.
DERBY (13-4, 6-3 AV-CTL I) — Young 1 (2) 0-0 2, 8; Al.Myers 2 0-4 0, 4; Nilles 0 0-4 3, 0; Winter 2 (1) 0-1 0, 7; Alford 3 2-5 4, 8; Brown 3 (1) 3-4 4, 12; TOTALS 11 (4) 5-18 13, 39.