After dominating Campus in the first half, the Newton High School girls’ basketball team let its foot off the accelerator in the fourth quarter, holding on for a 47-44 win Tuesday in AV-CTL I play at Ravenscroft Gym.
Newton saw a double-digit lead slip to one in the final minute.
“I told the girls, at the end of the day, our objective was to get a win out there,” Newton coach Justin Schneider said. “It may not have been the prettiest way, but we withstood a run late in the game. We never let them get over the hump. It’s a testament to Campus that they fought the whole game. We have to do a better job of being consistent. Our intensity level was really high on Friday (a nine-point loss to top-ranked Derby). I don’t think it was tonight.”
Newton finished the game 17 of 26 from the free throw line, but was seven of 15 in the second half. Campus was 10 of 18 from the line.
“We missed four or five at one point in the second half,” Schneider said. “That was the lack of intensity, not being engaged. Our objective was to win, and we found a way to do that.”
Newton was led by DesiRay Kernal with 19 points and Jenisa Cornejo with 14.
“I feel like we had a couple of good practices,” Kernal said. “Playing against Derby showed us what we can do against any team. They got back in the game in the fourth quarter. We had a couple of slack defensive possessions. It was just a little rough. I don’t think we’ve ever heard a crowd from the other team like we did tonight. We had to get calmed down. We had each other’s back. We came out with the win. We need to have more boxing out and defensive stops. We need to get better to get to state. We have to do the little things on each possession.”
Campus, 3-14 overall and 1-9 in league play, was led by Hannah Schutte with 13 points and freshman Tya Tindall with 12, 10 in the fourth quarter.
Struggling with turnovers and cold shooting, Newton took a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter on a Kernal putback at the buzzer.
Down 8-6 early in the second quarter, Newton made an 8-0 run. After a pair of Elizabeth Baalmann layups, Newton made an 8-0 run. Newton led by as many as 13 in the period, missing chances to extend it further. Baalmann hit one of two free throws with seven seconds left in the quarter to get Campus within 12 at the half, 26-14.
Campus was five of 12 from the free throw line in the first half, while Newton was 10 of 11.
Campus scored the first five points of the third quarter. Marah Zenner then outscored Campus 8-2 to prompt a Campus time out. The Colts again got back within nine, but Cornejo hit a trey with 2:35 left for the Railers. Campus got back to within nine at the end of the period, 39-30.
The Colts opened the fourth quarter with a pair of Schutte free throws. Newton came back with four points from Kernal.
Tindall hit a pair of free throws and a trey to get Campus within six with 4:25 in regulation. Newton replied with two of four free throws.
A Tindall trey and Baalmann layup got Campus within three. After a missed free throw for Newton, Tyndall hit a layup with 57.7 seconds to play.
Megan Bartel answered with a free throw. Newton got the ball back on the miss. After trading turnovers, Kernal missed two free throws.
Campus turned the ball over with 11.4 seconds to play. Kernal was fouled on the inbounds and hit one of two free throws.
Campus missed a free throw with 1.5 seconds to play.
Newton hosts Andover at 6 p.m. Friday for Winter Homecoming. Andover is 6-10 after a 40-32 win over Valley Center.
“They played a couple of league opponents,” Schneider said. “They have played some tough teams, but I haven’t seen them yet. We’ll have to be ready for them.”
CAMPUS (3-14, 1-9 AV-CTL I) — Stanley 0 0-2 3, 0; Smith 0 0-0 1, 0; Hixson 0 0-0 0, 0; K.Huggans 1 0-0 4, 2; Schutte 2 (2) 3-4 3, 13; Tindall 2 (2) 2-5 3, 12; C.Huggans 2 4-5 4, 8; Baalman 4 1-2 4, 9; TOTALS 11 (4) 10-18 22, 44.
NEWTON (8-9, 5-5 AV-CTL I) — Kei.Gillispie 0 0-0 2, 0; Anderson 1 0-0 3, 2; Bartel 0 1-3 4, 1; Antonowich 0 3-4 2, 3; Zenner 1 (2) 0-0 2, 8; Kernal 5 9-14 2, 19; Slechta 0 0-0 3, 0; Cornejo 2 (2) 4-5 0, 14; TOTALS 9 (4) 17-26 18, 47.