HUTCHINSON — The Newton High School girls’ basketball team got back on the winning side of the ledger with a 45-24 win over Hutchinson Tuesday night in AV-CTL Division I play at the Salt Hawk Activities Center.

Outside of the first four minutes of the second quarter, Newton was in complete control on both ends of the court.

“I was concerned going in how we would be mentally after the Derby loss,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “I thought we came out with a lot of energy. We guarded really had and we guarded together that first quarter. The first half of the second quarter was a disappointment. The second half of the second quarter, we picked it back up. From then on, it was a lot of team basketball. We showed a lot of patience on offense. Des(iRay) Kernal made some amazing plays late in the second quarter that got us out of that lull we were in. We needed someone to give us that spark.”

Kernal, Taylor Antonowich and Jada Berry each scored 11 points for Newton. Kernal scored seven in the second half. Berry scored all of hers in the second half. Antonowich scored nine in the first half.

“I’ve been working a lot on my shot after practice,” Antonowich said. “It’s starting to come back to me. Our offense is finally coming around. I got a lot of good passes when I was open.”

Antonowich missed the first month of the season with a hamstring injury. She hit double figures in scoring for just the second time this season.

“I was really tired. I was really out of shape,” she said. “My teammates supported me and that made it a lot easier to come back. We went to a path line defense against Derby and that really helped us. We collapse along the big girl and contain her.”

Hutchinson, 10-7 overall and 4-5 in league play, was led by Tina Robertson with eight points.

Newton held Hutchinson scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, but only managed to score two points. After a Mckenzie Ontjes trey for Hutchinson, Newton made a 10-0 run.

Hutchinson doubled its score on a Kasey Hazel 3-point play with 4:47 left in the second quarter. Tina Robertson added a 3-pointer 41 seconds later to force a Railer time out. Robertson added a layup to get Hutchinson within one.

Antonowich hit two free throws with 2:31 left in the half to break Newton’s drought. A Kyndal Bacon trey and a pair of Kernal layups put Newton up by 10 at the half, 21-11.

Newton finished the half nine of 21 from the field, while Hutchinson was four of 19. Newton was three of six from the line, while Hutchinson was one of one despite the fact fouls were 6-5 against Newton.

Newton made a 9-0 run to start the third quarter. Hazel broke the run with a layup with 4:17 left in the period. Hazel added one of two free throws with 2:57 left in the quarter. A pair of Berry free throws with 28.9 seconds left in the period put Newton up 32-15.

Hutchinson opened the fourth quarter with a trey. Newton replied with an 11-0 run. The Railer starters then came out of the game for the last 2:41. Hutchinson rested its starters shortly thereafter.

Newton is 11-6, 5-4 in AV-CTL I play, and plays at 6 p.m. Friday at Salina South, xx-x, x-x in league play after a 49-21 loss to Derby.

“We have to play well there too,” Jordan said. “We have to keep the momentum there going. I feel like the pieces coming together. We had to do a lot of changing up when we lost Savannah (Simmons). The girls are starting to get comfortable with their roles. They are enjoying each other more. They are enjoying playing more. This is a great time of year to be coming together.”

NEWTON (11-6, 5-4 AV-CTL I) — T.Antonowich 3 (1) 2-2 0, 11; Anderson 0 0-0 1, 0; Bartel 0 0-0 1, 0; Nichols 1 0-0 1, 2; Bacon 1 (1) 1-2 3, 6; Kernal 8 3-7 3, 11; Berry 2 (1) 4-4 1, 11; Brewer 1 0-0 4, 2; Gillispie 0 0-0 0, 0; L.Antonowich 0 2-2 0, 2; TOTALS 12 (3) 12-17 14, 45.

HUTCHINSON (10-7, 4-5 AV-CTL I) — Krol 0 0-0 1, 0; Armbrust 0 0-0 0, 0; Williams 0 0-0 0, 0; Seidl 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Allen 0 1-2 4, 2; Yoder 0 0-0 0, 0; A.Hefley 0 0-0 0, 0; Posch 0 0-0 1, 0; Hazell 2 2-3 2, 6; Ontjes 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Buckaloo 0 0-2 1, 0; Robertson 1 (2) 0-0 3, 8; M.Hefley 1 1-2 0, 3; TOTALS 4 (4) 4-9 15, 24.