The Newton High School girls’ basketball team established control early to claim a 59-32 win over Campus Friday night in AV-CTL I play at Ravenscroft Gym.

Newton snaps a two-game losing streak and improves to 13-2, 6-1 in AV-CTL I play. Campus falls to 0-14, 0-7 in league play. The Colts dressed just nine players. Only two of the players dressed were older than a sophomore.

“I felt like we paid more attention to detail tonight,” Newton coach Randy Jordan said. “Campus was a much more improved tonight. (Venus Thanasouk) improved a lot. She got in the middle of our defense. Our bigs would have to help and we’d give up a layup. Overall, we guarded them hard and made them work for everything. We did a good job of finding Abby (Schmidt) and establishing our inside game.”

DesiRay Kernal led Newton with 14 points. Kyndal Bacon and Jada Berry each added 11. Schmidt scored 10.

“After the terrible shooting night we had against Salina Central, I thought we’d never see a man defense again,” Jordan said. “We were able to hit a few outside shots, which we’re going to have to do when we face zones. Our shot selection for the most part was good. Jada had some good post moves. That’s why she’s so hard to defend. If you put a four on her, she’ll shoot. You put a guard on her, she posts inside. Kyndal did a good job of getting into the lane. Taylor (Antonowich) made some good moves as well. She spends so much energy on defense, she doesn’t always have as much in the tank on offense.”

Camryn Huggans led Campus with eight points, followed by Thanasouk with seven.

Jordan was honored for his 200th win at Newton, which he posted Jan. 3 at Hutchinson.

“I’ve been blessed to have a great group of players and coaches over the years,” Jordan said. “It’s been a real blessing. It’s a God thing.”

The Railers jumped out to a 13-2 lead, but ended the first quarter giving up an 8-4 Campus run.

Treys by Bacon and Kernal allowed Newton to make a 13-0 run to open the second quarter. The Railers allowed just six points in the period, leading 37-16 at the half.

Newton finished the half 15 of 20 from the field in the first half, while Campus was seven of 14.

Berry opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws and a layup to spark a 12-2 run. Newton led 56-24 at the end of the period, setting off the running clock in the fourth quarter.

Newton played its bench in the fourth quarter. Campus won the period 8-3.

Newton gets a week off and plays Friday at Derby. The Railers downed the Panthers 41-32 earlier this season at home. Derby is in a three-way tie for second in the league, just a game behind Newton.

“I think we got much better coming out of the NIT,” Jordan said. “We just have to focus on the things we need to do. If we do the things we do well, winning takes care of itself.”

CAMPUS (0-14, 0-7 AV-CTL I) — Huggans 3 2-2 0, 8; Thanasouk 2 (1) 0-0 1, 7; Johnson 0 0-0 0, 0; Schutte 2 1-2 4, 5; Mallernee 2 0-0 1, 4; Hunter 1 0-0 2, 2; Baalmann 2 2-4 2, 6; TOTALS 12 (1) 5-8 10, 32.

NEWTON (13-2, 6-1 AV-CTL I) — Antonowich 1 0-0 0, 2; Simmons 1 0-0 0, 2; Stucky 0 0-0 0, 0; Remsberg 0 0-2 0, 0; Nichols 1 1-2 1, 3; Bacon 2 (2) 1-1 4, 11; Kernal 4 (2) 0-0 0, 14; Bartel 0 0-0 0, 0; Berry 4 3-4 2, 11; Brewer 2 0-0 0, 4; Schmidt 5 0-2 0, 10; Akers 1 0-0 1, 2; TOTALS 21 (4) 5-11 9, 59.