The East Newton girls basketball team won a pair of games to close out play at the Ash Grove Tournament over the weekend.
The Lady Patriots picked up their first win of the season on Friday with a 60-46 victory over Stockton.
Leading 23-18 at the half, the Lady Patriots came alive in the third quarter and outscored Stockton 20-8 to put the game out of reach. Emily Brummett and Haley Heilig led surge for East Newton with 12 points apiece while Bummett chipped in three assists and Heilig added five rebounds and four assists.
Shelbey Thomlinson scored seven points for the Lady Patriots while Ellie White added six, Kortney Cambers four, Lindey Broyles seven points and five rebounds, Laura Hopper four points and Kourtney Brewster eight points, four rebounds and three assists.
“This was a team win,” Lady Patriots coach Marty Rinehart said. We had contributions from a lot of different people. We changed the momentum of the game at the end of the half with four starters on the bench with foul trouble. We shared the ball well. (It was) great to get the first win.”
Jolene Shipps led Stockton with 16 points while Sydnee Garrett added 12.
The Lady Patriots came back on Saturday and downed Pierce City, 43-35.
East Newton started the game on a 13-3 run and made that 10-point lead hold up the remainder of the way in a very closely contested game through the last three quarters.
Heilig and Broyles led the team in scoring with 10 points each while Brummett added six, Shelbey Thomlinson had two points and four assists, Cambers and Whitney Thomlinson had five points and Brewster turned in six points and 10 boards. Heilig chipped in six rebounds and four assists while Broyles tallied eight boards.
Krishna Merriman led the Lady Eagles with 11 points while Shania Hogan followed with nine.
“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Rinehart added. “We will have to play better quickly. Like all teams this time of year, we learned some things about ourselves. I feel like we are a long ways from playing to our potential, so we have a lot of work to do. Our upcoming schedule is stacked with good tests.
“(We’re) very happy to finish this tournament saying we competed well in all games and finished with two wins. It is as good of a tournament from top to bottom as I have been a part of.”
The Lady Patriots came back on Monday and fell to Carthage, 52-47.
It was a game of runs for both teams, but the Lady Tigers had the last laugh as they outscored East Newton 19-14 in the final period to come away with the victory.
Page 2 of 2 - Brewster led the Lady Patriots with 15 points in the game while Whitney Thomlinson added six, Hopper, Broyles, Heilig, White, Aubrey McDermott and Sarah Harper added two, Cambers and Shelbey Thomlinson five and Brummett four.
Vanessa Pawlak led the Lady Tigers with 18 points.
East Newton’s junior varsity dropped Carthage, 34-33. Hopper led the Lady Patriots with 14 points.
East Newton (2-2) travels to Pierce City for a 6 p.m. tilt on Monday.