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Newton, Kapaun, Carroll win opening games

Published Jan. 30 at 11:04 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 31 at 6:35 a.m.

Newton sophomore Jana Boston knew she wasn’t the primary option for the Railers as the final seconds of regulation ticked down Thursday against Andover Central.

But Newton’s main sharpshooter, Taylor Stahly, couldn’t free herself for a shot at tying the Jaguars and sending the game to overtime.

So when Stahly delivered the ball to Boston in front of the Newton bench, there was only thing to do.

“I had to put something up,” Boston said. “I’d rather put something up and miss it than not shoot it and lose the game.”

Boston banked in her only field goal – a guarded three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in regulation – and Newton went on to outscore Andover Central 11-5 in overtime for a 52-46 victory in the Newton Invitational.

Newton (8-2) won its sixth consecutive game and earned an 8:15 p.m. matchup Friday with undefeated Kapaun Mount Carmel (11-0) in the semifinals.

Stahly scored a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, and Hannah Carlgren scored eight of her 18 points in the extra period for the Railers, who ended Central’s seven-game winning streak.

“We usually rely on Taylor for our threes,” said Carlgren, who made 10 of 10 free throws. “It was great to see somebody else step up and make one. I’m really proud of Jana.”

Boston’s basket pulled Newton even after the Railers came up empty on six consecutive fourth-quarter possessions. The last chance came after Central’s Skyler Snodgrass was called for a lane violation while shooting a free throw with the Jaguars up 41-38 and 17 seconds to play.

“We just kept leaving the door open, and when you do that against a good team like Newton, they’re just going to take total advantage of it,” Central coach Stana Jefferson said.

The game featured 13 lead changes – 12 in the second half. Central (8-3), which got 19 points from Katie Kretchmar, took its biggest lead at 41-38 with 3:08 left in regulation on consecutive baskets by Kretchmar and Becca Schulte.

That launched a series of unsuccessful possessions for both teams until Boston, a 5-foot-4 sophomore, scored her only points of the game.

“That’s what it takes when you’re playing good teams like that,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “You’ve got to have some luck and you have to play well, and we did. That’s by far the most complete game we’ve played.”

Carlgen made two free throws for the first points of overtime, but Kretchmar countered with her second three-point play of the game to put Central up 44-43. Carlgren answered with a basket in the lane with 1:59 to play, and Newton didn’t trail again.

“When you get a last-second three, you usually get the momentum,” Jefferson said. “We settled down in the huddle, but we just didn’t get it done in overtime, either.”

Kapaun 56, Dodge City 27 – Kapaun improved its record to 11-0, but Crusaders coach Marvin Estes wasn’t totally pleased with his team’s first game in nine days.

“We looked like it,” Estes said of the layoff. “We were a little rusty.”

Kapaun, No. 1 in the 5A coaches’ rankings, leaned on its defense to get settled. The Crusaders forced 24 turnovers – several with full-court pressure – and limited Dodge City (4-6) to nine field goals and 29 percent shooting.

Junior Sam Bachrodt scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first half for Kapaun. Senior Sydney Kuhn had 10 of her 16 in the second quarter as the Crusaders built a 28-13 halftime lead.

Kapaun finished 25 of 60 from the field (41 percent) and made six three-pointers. The Crusaders did not attempt a free throw.

“We were a little stale on offense, standing around, a little slow,” Estes said. “We felt like we needed to kick it into a higher gear and force them to play at a little faster pace.”

Katrina Roenfeldt led Dodge City with nine points.

Bishop Carroll 50, Garden City 42 – Carroll led for only 34 seconds in the first half against Garden City. But once the Golden Eagles asserted themselves defensively, they pulled away to earn a semifinal matchup against defending tournament champion Bishop Miege, a 71-44 winner over Olathe Northwest.

Senior Jordyn Miller scored 15 points and junior Shelby Lopez added 14 for Carroll (9-2), which outscored Garden City 17-6 in a pivotal third quarter. Garden City committed eight of its 26 turnovers in the third, mostly against Carroll’s strong half-court defense.

“We try to pride ourselves on our defense,” Carroll coach Taylor Steven said. “We just didn’t want them to have anything easy. We kind of let them have what they wanted in the first quarter.”

Garden City (8-4), which got 14 points from Taryn Tempel, scored the game’s first six points and stayed in front most of the first two quarters. But Miller, who made all five of her first-half shots, scored the last basket before halftime to tie the score at 23.

Carroll not only took the lead for good in the third quarter, but forced five turnovers in the first five minutes to build a 38-27 lead. With Lopez scoring 12 second-half points, the Eagles’ biggest advantage was 48-33 with 3:40 to play.

Carroll’s interior passing was a factor in some easy second-half points.

“We were a little antsy in the beginning,” Steven said. “We were trying to get the ball up the court and not looking first.

“We talked about slowing it down and looking to the rim. Our girls are good about being unselfish and looking for the extra pass to get a great shot.”

Newton 56, And. Central 46 (OT)

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NEWTON: Porter 5, Anderson 4, Boston 3, Stahly 22, Carlgren 18, Roberts-Parker 0, Bartel 0, Akers 0.

ANDOVER CENTRAL: Stamp 4, Pederson 6, Snodgrass 4, Schulte 7, Kretchmar 19, Kakoulis 6.

Kapaun 56, Dodge City 27

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DODGE CITY: B. Bradshaw 0 0-0 0, Durler 0 1-2 1, Sain 2 0-0 6, Harshberger 1 0-0 2, Roenfeldt 3 1-1 9, T. Bradshaw 1 0-0 2, Shelor 0 2-2 2, Winter 0 0-0 0, Mock 0 0-0 0, Altamirano 2 1-1 5, Esquibel 0 0-0 0.

KAPAUN: Medina 1 0-0 3, Hagan 3 0-0 6, Bachrodt 8 0-0 19, Jacobs 0 0-0 0, Kuhn 8 0-0 16, Schaefer 1 0-0 3, Born 3 0-0 7, Boswell 0 0-0 0, Pringle 0 0-0 0, Dreiling 1 0-0 2, Hastings 0 0-0 0, Harpel 0 0-0 0.

Carroll 50, Garden City 42

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GARDEN CITY: Tornero 2 3-4 8, Tempel 5 3-7 14, McKee 2 1-2 5, Dreiling 2 0-0 4, Bernbeck 3 3-4 9, Carrillo 0 1-2 1, Brunson 0 0-0 0, Padilla 0 0-0 0, Dart 0 1-2 1, Elliott 0 0-0 0.

BISHOP CARROLL: Youngers 0 0-0 0, Lopez 6 2-2 14, Maul 3 1-4 7, Hogan 3 2-4 8, Miller 7 1-3 15, Bockover 1 0-1 2, Doerneman 2 0-0 4, Bullinger 0 0-0 0, Hageman 0 0-0 0.