The period ended with the Rams up by 33 at 57-24, invoking the mercy rule for the fourth quarter.
Hawkins, who tallied a gamehigh 18 points, led the way for Newton while Farley and Henry were close behind with 16 points apiece. Junior Windell Darrington dropped in seven points off the bench.
Demetrius McCray also made his presence felt as he added five points and five rebounds.
Farley noted the Rams came in confident after Newton’s tough home earlier in the week.
“Our intensity really carried over after the M.L. King game,” he said. “We really felt confident coming into the game. We played as a team and shared the ball well.”
In fact, the Rams shared the ball to the tune of 22 assists on the night including 12 by Hawkins.
On the defensive end, the Rams were ball hawks as they came up with a season high 16 steals led by Farley’s five and Henry’s four.
Junior Center Chuck Edwards had perhaps the toughest job of the night. It was his responsibility to clog up the middle against the big men from Union Grove, including Division 1 prospect Isaiah Massey.
Rasmussen was pleased with his big man’s play.
“We played great defense and shut their big men down, especially Massey,” he said. Edwards blocked three shots and also took a charge as the swarming Ram defense appeared to completely demoralize the Wolverines.
With the win the Rams im- proved to 6-0 (2-0 Region 2AAAAA) while Union Grove fell to 4-3 (2-1).
Newton has little time to savor their victory as it travels on Tuesday to Stephenson for another tough region matchup. Lady Rams' slow start ends in 49-39 loss
The Lady Rams were not as successful as they saw their twogame winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Lady Wolverines by a final of 49-39.
The loss dropped Newton to 24 (1-1 Region 2-AAAAA) while Union Grove improved to 2-5 (12).
In a sluggish first quarter, the Lady Rams were only able to find the basket one time and were on the short end of a 9-2 score.
The second quarter was a little better for the visitors as they cut the lead to four heading into half- time and trailed 14-10.
Things began to open up in the third quarter as Union Grove built up a lead by as many as 15 points, but a traditional 3-point play by point guard Martice Hyman cut the lead to 33-21 as the quarter ended.
Newton coach Tiffani Johnson would not be around for the fourth quarter as she received her second technical foul late in the third period.
The Lady Rams continued to battle in the fourth, keeping it close until the end when they had to foul leading to the 49-39 final.
Sophomore Qaiserah Shariff led the Lady Rams with 13 points.
A disappointed Johnson pointed to the sluggish start as a key to Newton’s tough night.
“Our slow start is what beat us tonight,” she said. “The girls waited too long to get going. They didn’t come ready to play.”