Lady Rams start week 1-1 in region
Newton's girls' basketball team went 1-1 to start the week with 50-37 win over Langston Hughes Tuesday before suffering a 68-52 loss to Westlake Wednesday.
Mikola Burks led the way for the Lady Rams against Langston Hughes with 15 while Qaiserah Sharif scored 14.
A day later, Newton started slowly and was unable to recover as Westlake handed the Lady Rams just their second region loss.
"It's one thing to come out flat. When you dig a hole, you always are trying to get out of it," Newton coach Tiffani Johnson said. "Against a good team like Westlake, you can't come from behind. We've been skating by other teams that way but when you play the No. 1 team in the region, you can't do it."
Sharif had 16 points and drained three from downtown but she was the only Newton player in double figures. Danyel Forney had eight while Precious Price and Tai Avery each had six.
Westlake built a 22-10 lead after the first quarter and held Newton to four points in the second. Newton cut Westlake's lead to 15 in the third quarter but the Lions' experience and athleticism kept the Lady Rams at bay in the fourth quarter.
"Every mistake out there to be made, I think we touched on all of them," Johnson said. "I thought we had a good chance coming in. It's definitely a team I think we can compete with. I tell my girls it's all mental. Until we get that together, we're not going to be as good as we can be."
Newton sits third in the region behind Stephenson and Westlake. They have a chance to creep closer to the top tonight when they host Stephenson.
"It's tough to play No. 1 and No. 2 in the same week but we have to make adjustments and do what we have to do," Johnson said. "We take one game at a time. When we played Stephenson at their place, we were right with them in the first half. Hopefully we can repeat that and play as well as we have recently in the second half and give them a game."