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Newton Takes Two from Salina South

Mike Hammett - December 17, 2013 9:23 pm

Salina South was in a pair of tight games in the fourth quarter, but homestanding Newton pulled out a pair of wins, 41-29 in the girls game and 50-47 in the boys.

The Cougars and Railers traded buckets early in the boys game, but South ended the first quarter strong. A bucket by Justin Stonebraker tied the game at 11, and then Stonebraker added another basket to take the lead at 13-11. The Cougars expanded the lead with points from Zach Nachbar, and then a three at the buzzer by Drew Hilt to push the lead to seven after one, 18-11.

In the second quarter, Newton chipped away at the lead. The Railers switched between man and zone defenses, and the Cougar offense went stagnant. Newton tied the game at 24 with 1:59 to go in the quarter, and the score held to the half.

The third quarter was back and forth. The two sides exchanged points early before Salina South used a 6-0 run to take a 34-30 lead on a bucket by Shawn Smith.

The Cougars pushed the lead to five at 37-32 on a three by Aaron Mar, but Newton answered with eight of the next 10 points to lead 40-39 on a basket by Tevin Berry. However, South regained the lead to end the quarter on a three-point play by Trace Kochevar, going up 42-40.

In the fourth, the Cougars struggled to hit shots. Newton scored six of the first nine points to lead 46-45 on free throws by Jack Kingsley with 4:36 left. South would retake the lead on free throws by Justin Stonebraker with 3:09 to go, but it was the Cougars’ final points of the night. Newton regained the lead on a floater by Gunnar Drinnen, and added insurance on free throws by Josh Carlgren.

South had a chance at the tie and overtime, but Stonebraker missed a three at the top of the key. The Cougars got the offensive rebound and missed another three from the corner as Newton held on for the win.

Justin Stonebraker had 15 points while Shawn Smith matched a career high with 12 points.

The Cougars drop to 1-2 and 0-1 in AVCTL Division I, while Newton is 3-2 and 1-1.

In the girls game, Newton would dominate a turnover-filled first quarter. The Cougars had nine first quarter turnovers as Newton built an 11-3 lead.

In the second quarter, South would slow the turnovers, but a pair of three-point baskets by Newton’s Taylor Stahly staked the Railers to a 17-7 lead. However, South wouldn’t allow Newton to score for the final 4:29 of the half, as South scored eight straight points, all from Emilee Holloway. Holloway hit a three, a pull-up jumper, and a three-point play to bring South back within two at the break, 17-15.

In the third quarter, South kept their surge going. After Logan Porter opened with a bucket for Newton, South answered with a three by Emilee Holloway to tie the game at 18 with 5:29 to go in the quarter. Newton would rebuild a 22-18 lead and led 22-20 after three.

In the fourth quarter, South tied the game on the opening possession when Teryn Holloway fed Bailey Huffman for a lay-up. However, Newton took over the game at that point, outscoring South 19-7 the rest of the way, including a 9-2 run to re-open the lead.

South was led by Emilee Holloway’s 18 points. Newton was paced by 13 points from Hannah Carlgren.

The Cougars drop to 0-3 on the season and 0-1 in AVCTL Division I while the Railers are 3-2 and 1-1 in the league.

Salina South closes the 2013 portion of the schedule on Friday night at the Bicentennial Center against Salina Central.