By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
PLEASANT HILL — One bad quarter was all it took.
The Newton boys basketball team was outscored 17-7 in the second quarter Wednesday night in a non-league makeup game against Fairlawn, and a late rally wasn’t enough for the Indians in a 63-55 loss, the team’s third straight.
Newton (5-12) took a 14-12 lead after the first quarter but fell behind 29-21 at halftime after the rough second quarter. Fairlawn built a 45-31 lead after three, and although the Indians outscored the Jets 24-18 in the third, it simply wasn’t enough.
“A poor stretch to end the second quarter and start the third quarter doomed (us),” Newton coach Gavin Spitler said. “(We) made a comeback in the fourth, but Fairlawn hit their free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.”
Three Indians were in double figures on the night, led by Ryan Mollette with 19 points. Kleyson Wehrley added 16 points and Chet Jamison scored 13.
Newton takes on Miami East Friday night in a Cross County Conference rivalry matchup.
VANDALIA — The Newton girls bowling team took down Butler on the road Wednesday night, winning 1,854-1,677, while the Indian boys were defeated by the Aviators 2,228-1,642.
Anna Baker rolled a 209 game and Avery Hartman had the high series of 398 for the Indian girls, who improved to 9-4 on the season.
Jon Maxwell led Newton’s boys (7-8) with a 198 game and 331 series.
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