The Newton High School girls’ basketball team picked up an extra game Monday at Ravenscroft Gym to make up for the one lost at the Newton Invitational — second-ranked (KBCA, Class 6A) Liberal.

The Railers stayed in the game with the unbeaten Redskins for the first half, but couldn’t get the scoring — falling 43-20.

“It was a huge step forward,” Newton coach Kate Bremmerman said. “That was the best we played in a long time. I told the kids that if we had played that way against Hutch, we might have beaten Hutch. We were down at halftime by 13. That might have been our smallest deficit at halftime since Campus. Our goal was to keep the ball in our hands, because if they don’t have it, they can’t score. Keila (Gillispie) and Olivia (Antonowich) did a really good job of taking care of the ball tonight. We had less than 14 turnovers (13 total). We did a good job of moving the ball back and forth.”

Ashley Carrillo and Machia Mullens each scored 12 points for 15-0 Liberal.

Kenzi Gillispie and Antonowich each scored five points for Newton, 0-15.

Newton fell behind 12-2 in the first 3 1/2 minutes of play. Liberal blocked three shots in that span. Newton trailed 12-6 at the end of the period.

An Antonowich trey got Newton within five points early in the second quarter. Those were the only points Newton would get in the period, trailing 22-9 at the half.

Newton was outscored 15-7 in the third quarter and 6-4 in the fourth as the Railers controlled the tempo.

“I hate to run offenses that slowly, but when you play teams that good, with the level we’re at, it helps us,” Bremmerman.

Newton hosts fifth-ranked (Class 6A) Derby at 6 p.m. Friday. Newton fell to the Panthers 73-11 earlier this season.'

“This is a good warm-up for Derby,” Bremmerman said. “There will be a lot of the same tactics. They are a little bigger than Liberal. They are way more aggressive on the ball. The first time we played them, we didn’t have Schyler (Entz), Kinzie or Keila. That makes a big difference.”

LIBERAL (15-0) — K.Horyna 1 2-2 1, 4; Carrillo 0 (2) 6-6 0, 12; Gilmore 0 (2) 0-0 0, 6; Hay 0 0-0 0, 0; B.Horyna 0 0-0 3, 0; Mullens 5 2-2 1, 12; Payton 0 1-2 0, 1; Ross 0 0-0 0, 0; Dodge 0 0-0 0, 0; Watt 1 0-0 1, 2; Warden 3 0-1 1, 6; TOTALS 10 (4) 11-13 7. 43.

NEWTON (0-15) — Kei.Gillispie 0 2-2 4, 2; Ken.Gillispie 2 1-2 4, 5; Seidl 0 0-0 1, 0; Antonowich 0 (1) 2-2 0, 5; Loewen 2 0-0 0, 4; S.Entz 0 0-0 1, 0; C.Entz 0 0-0 0, 0; Epp 2 0-0 2, 4; TOTALS 6 (1) 5-6 11, 20.

Liberal;12;10;15;6;—43

Newton;6;3;7;4;—20

JV Girls

Liberal 40, Newton 11

The Newton High School junior varsity girls’ basketball team fell to Liberal 40-11 Monday afternoon at Ravenscroft Gym.

Newton trailed 31-8 at the half.

Newton hosts Derby at 4:15 p.m. Friday.

NEWTON — Antonowich 2, Hendrickson 2, Entz 4, Blaylock 3.

Liberal;15;16;8;1;—40

Newton;5;3;1;2;—11