The Newburg boys and girls basketball teams took part in the Linn Invitational on Wednesday-Friday. Dec. 27-29. Both teams played in the consolation championship, with the boys beating St. Elizabeth in overtime to finish in fifth and the girls falling to Iberia to finish in sixth.
The girls opened the tournament against Eugene on Wednesday in a game that came down to chances at the free throw line. Newburg sent Eugene to the line 26 times and the Lady Eagles converted for 14 points. Newburg, meanwhile, had just four free throws on the game, making one. Those free throw chances and 31 turnovers from Newburg helped lift Eugene to a 57-50 victory.
Kylie Brookeshire again led the Lady Wolves offensively with 22 points, while adding seven rebounds, five steals, two blocks and an assist before fouling out. Kaylee Skinner also had a strong game, scoring 15 points, while adding six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block. Macy Suschanke chipped in with seven points, six rebounds, six assists, five steals and a block.
The boys faced off against Fatima out of the gate and were buried by a horrible third quarter. The Wolves got out to a great start to just out to a 13-7 lead through the first quarter on their way to a 28-19 lead at the half. Things went downhill in the third, as Fatima exploded for 36 points in the third quarter, while the Wolves were held to just eight. Newburg trailed 55-36 heading into the fourth quarter and couldn't dig out of the hole. The Wolves won the quarter 17-13, but it wasn't enough in a 68-53 loss.
Landen Callahan led Newburg in scoring with 14 points, Ryan Terry added 12, Justin Cantu chipped in with nine and Travis McWilliams scored eight in the loss.
Both the boys and the girls turned things around on Thursday, each getting victories.
The Lady Wolves thrashed St. Elizabeth in their first game in the consolation bracket. Newburg was able to grab 22 steals, while turning the ball over just 13 times. Skinner led the way in the turnover battle, stealing eight passes in a great all around performance. She was second on the team in scoring with 12 points, while adding six boards and three assists in the 50-27 win.
Brookshire put into another solid game with 17 points to lead the Lady Wolves, while adding five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Macy Suschanke led Newburg with six assists in the win, while also adding five points, six rebounds and five steals.
The boys bounced back with a 61-44 win over Linn in their second game of the tournament to earn a spot in the fifth place game. Newburg jumped put to a 14-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Their best quarter came in the third, where they outscored the Wildcats 19-9 in the victory.
Callahan again led the Wolves offensively with 22 points. Terry added another 18 points, while Caleb Austin added 14.
Fifth place games
The Lady Wolves faced off against Iberia in their third place game, taking a tough 45-40 loss. Free throws again played a big role, as Iberia went to the charity stripe 33 times, converting on 16 of those attempts. Newburg went to the line 12 times, making seven.
Newburg put up a lot of shots on Friday, but didn't shoot at a high rate. Newburg made one more shot than Iberia from the field, but they needed 12 more shots to get there. The Lady Wolves were also just 3-15 from three in the loss.
Brookshire recorded a double-double in the loss with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while adding three blocks and an assist. Skinner chipped in another 15 points, two assists and two rebounds. Macy Suschanke scored the remaining seven points for Newburg along with a team-high three assists.
The Wolves needed some extra time to pull out a 51-50 win against St. Elizabeth to finish in fifth. After the first quarter ended in an 8-8 tie, St. Elizabeth outscored Newburg 16-9 in the second to take a 24-17 lead into the half. St. Elizabeth added to their lead in the third, going into the fourth quarter with a 38-27 lead before Newburg stormed back to force overtime.
The Wolves outscored St. Elizabeth 18-7 in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 45 heading into overtime. The overtime period wasn't high scoring, but Newburg found a way to come out with a win. St. Elizabeth was able to play for the final shot, but the Wolves were able to turn them away for a 51-50 win.
"We were able to turn up to make some adjustments on defense the fourth quarter and go on a run to send the game to overtime," said head coach Logan Ray.
Terry led the Wolves with 20 points in the win, while Callahan added 15 of his own.
The boys and girls each had a player named to the All-Tournament team, as Terry earned a spot for the boys and Brookshire earned the honor for the girls.
Both teams will return home for their next contests, as the boys host Macks Creek on Friday, Jan. 5, while the girls will host Plato on Monday, Jan. 8.