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Varsity girls’ basketball plays in Newton tournament

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The girls’ basketball team made their way to Newton last weekend playing in the Newton Invitational. The tournament consisted of three days and three games, meaning that it can be hard to adjust for some to play hat many games in a short amount of time.
“Coach made sure we ran extra in practice that week to get in shape. It was fun to play in this tournament because it was more like summer ball, which is what I am used to,” sophomore Jaden Newfarmer said.
The first game was against Garden City that coming into this tournament had only one loss.
“This is the most competitive tournament in Kansas from 1 to 8 seed. I thought we played well against Garden City. We moved the ball well like we wanted to and came out with the win,” head coach Stana Jefferson said.
The Jags moved up 14-7 in the first quarter, making a comfortable lead. They then went on to score 19 points in the second quarter with no signs of slowing down. The third quarter was slow, only putting up six points, but finished strong.
The Jags came won 52-38 with help of freshman Britney Harshaw’s 26 point outburst and efficient offense.
Bishop Miege was the next contest. They are a 4A school, but they also recruit elite athletes. The Jags knew they were good, and looked forward to compete.
“Miege had a couple six-foot and up girls, and we just couldn’t hold our own. Considering they are a recruiting school, we didn’t play too bad.” junior Katie Boline said.
Miege held the edge from the beginning of the game to the end. The Jags went on a run in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too late for a comeback.

They ended up losing 44-71 and had trouble rebounding the ball. The Jags conclusion to the weekend was against Bishop Carrol. Bishop Carrol was entering the tournament with a mediocre record of 4-5. Knowing that, this gave the girls confidence in winning their last game.
The Jags jumped out to a 14-9 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, but had trouble shooting the ball the rest of the game. They ended up losing 33-43.
“I knew we should have one that game. They knew we should have won that game. We just were no playing like ourselves down the stretch,” coach Jefferson said. “There is a lot of things we can put in practice learning from this tournament.”
Players have taken this tournament as a learning point of the season and noticed their strengths and weaknesses.
“We played well on offense, but we need to start helping and talking on defense,” Boline said.
While the tournament may not have ended how the girls wanted, but it shines positive light on the postseason.

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Varsity girls’ basketball plays in Newton tournament