The Newburg boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up play in the Frisco League Tournament this weekend. After a loss to Licking in the second round, the girls finished in third with a win over Richland, while the boys worked their way through the consolation bracket to finish in sixth.
The Lady Wolves faced Richland in the third place game on Saturday and had a close game throughout. The Lady Wolves struggled to get into a rhythm in the opening quarter, but five points from Grace Affolter helped them keep pace. Solid defense limited Richland, but the Lady Bears finished the first quarter with an 11-8 lead. Newburg picked up the pace a bit in the second quarter, but missed out on a chance to take a lead into the half by going 2-5 at the free throw line. Richland took care of business at the charity stripe, hitting eight of their nine free throw attempts in the quarter to go into the half with a 23-21 lead.
Newburg took the game over in the second half. Bailey Brookshire buried a trio of threes in the third quarter, which boosted the Lady Wolves to a 19-point quarter. That helped Newburg take a 40-34 lead into the final quarter.
The Lady Wolves finished the game strong to clinch a third place finish. Newburg came up clutch at the free throw line, hitting 10 of their 14 attempts from the line to help finish off the win. Brookshire knocked down her fifth three of the game in the quarter, while Claire Affolter and Macy Suschanke each scored seven points to ice the victory.
Claire Affolter recorded a double-double in the win with 15 points and 10 boards to go along with seven steals and four assists. Brookshire scored 15 points of her own, as well as grabbing five rebounds, four steals and dishing out two assists. Grace Affolter added another 13 points, had three rebounds, three teams and a team-high eight assists. Macy Suschanke chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds, two steals and four assists, while Marah Suschanke scored four points, had two rebounds and one steal.
Newburg returned to their home court on Monday with their home opener against Belle, but results were not available at press time. They'll host Dixon for another home game on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Wolves started their journey to fifth place with a consolation game against Laquey on Friday. The first half saw two polar opposite quarters. Newburg scored just two points in the opening frame, as Laquey ran out to a 13-2 lead. The script was flipped, as the Wolves held Laquey to two points, while scoring 13 of their own, tying the game at 15 at the break. Newburg did a lot of their damage from the free throw line, going 8-9 from the charity stripe in the quarter.
The third quarter was a back and forth affair. Newburg was able to stay out in front thanks to some hot shooting from long range. Jared Lott knocked down a pair of threes, while Justin Cantu and Caleb Austin each connected from behind the arc. Adding in four points from Tristan Wofford and a basket from Hunter Mentola, the Wolves went into the fourth quarter with a 33-30 lead.
Newburg put the game away in the fourth, holding Laquey to just seven points. The Wolves needed to hit some free throws down the stretch to finish things off and they did just that. Newburg missed out on a few chances to run away with the game with free throws, but hit seven, while also getting a three from Mentola and four points form the field from Wofford to finish off a 47-37 win.
Wofford led the team in scoring with 14 points, while Austin added 12 points. Mentola chipped in with nine more points, Lott scored six, while both Cole Davis and Cantu each scored three.
The victory put Newburg in the fifth place game against Dixon. The Wolves were buried by a tough second quarter and couldn't dig out of the early hole. The first quarter didn't have much offense, but a three from Cantu gave Newburg a 5-4 lead. The game fell apart in the second, as the Newburg offense continued to struggle, while Dixon took off. The Bulldogs went off for 25 points in the quarter, as they exploded into the half with a 29-7 lead.
Newburg tried for fight their way back in the second half, but they couldn't close the gap. Threes from Cantu and Wofford in the third quarter helped pick up the Newburg offense, but they still trailed 41-15 with a quarter to play. The Wolves went off for 17 points in the fourth to shrink the deficit, but the gap was just too big to overcome in a 49-32 loss.
Mentola led Newburg with 10 points in the loss to Dixon on Saturday. Wofford added seven, Cantu scored six, Nathan Russell chipped in with four, Lott scored three and Austin added two points.
"The second quarter was just too much for us to overcome," said head coach Logan Ray. "Shots did not fall for us the first half and they hit five of their six threes in the second quarter. I thought we did a much better job of moving the ball the second half and we will have to build on that going forward. Consistency on both ends of the floor will get us going in the right direction."
The Wolves will have a little time off before playing Stoutland for their home opener on Friday, Dec. 7.