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New­ton hoopsters swept by Stephen­son on Se­nior Night

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

COV­ING­TON — Sim­ply put, the Stephen­son High bas­ket­ball squads were again just plain bet­ter than New­ton on Fri­day evening.

Un­able to avenge a pre­vi­ous sweep Jan. 11, New­ton’s Se­nior Night was spoiled by two of the top teams in re­gion to end the reg­u­lar sea­son.

For the boys, the Jaguars (17-6 over­all, 11-3 Re­gion 2-AAAAA), tied for first in re­gion play, showed why they are among the elite with a 66-52 vic­tory, equal­ing the same amount of points scored against the Rams when they first met.

“You can’t play with peo­ple (who) are longer and just as ath­letic and quicker if you’re sloppy,” said New­ton boys coach Rick Ras­mussen, “and we just didn’t re­ally have an iden­tity tonight.”

Ear­lier Fri­day, the fourthranked Lady Jaguars (21-3, 12-2) dom­i­nated in al­most ev­ery as­pect of the game, win­ning 65-23.

“They are a very quick and ag­gres­sive team,” said New­ton girls coach Tif­fani John­son. “They’re taller, stronger and cap­i­tal­ized on all turnovers, so it was just tougher for us.”

In the boys game, amidst a bruised and sickly lineup — one with­out start­ing guard Sean Monk (shoul­der) — the Rams (17-8, 8-6) could not get into any kind of rhythm, of­fen­sively or de­fen­sively.

De­spite shoot­ing 18-of-45 from the field (40 per­cent), New­ton strug­gled from long dis­tance (29 per­cent). Mean­while, the Jags were 26-of-57 shoot­ing (46 per­cent) and 8-of-19 (42 per­cent) from be­hind the 3-point arc.

De­fen­sively, Stephen­son out­re­bounded the Rams 34 to 18 and forced 18 turnovers, seven above New­ton’s av­er­age per game.

“We needed to shoot a very good per­cent­age and have 10 or less turnovers,” said Ras­mussen. “Any miss fu­els their break. We needed to shoot a high per­cent­age and not turn it over to play with them.”

Tied at 6 with two min­utes and 40 sec­onds to go in the

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Traf­fic jam: Ja­mon Hawkins (20) pulls up for two of his team-high 12 points be­tween de­fend­ers Fri­day night against Stephen­son at New­ton High School. The Rams lost to the Jaguars, 66-52.

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