LONG DAY: The Hilltoppers’ Taylor Grote (34) does her best to stay with Horizon sophomore Jayla Watson during the girls game. Watson scored a gym-record 47 points in the Lions’ 57-50 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
LONG DAY: The Hilltoppers’ Taylor Grote (34) does her best to stay with Horizon sophomore Jayla Watson during the girls game. Watson scored a gym-record 47 points in the Lions’ 57-50 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
As it turned out, if Shawe's girls basketball team had been able to keep Horizon Christian's Jayla Newton from stepping off the bus, the Hilltoppers would have won Saturday's game in a rout.

But Newton did get off the bus and scored a Meny Gymnasium record 47 points in the visiting Lions' 57-50 win in the girls portion of Saturday's boys-girls doubleheader.

Newton hit two 3-pointers, 10 two-pointers and was 22-for-24 from the free-throw line in a dominating performance.

"I wasn't able to get a lot of information on the team but what I did get told me she could score," Shawe coach Camille Deuser said of the non-IHSAA affiliated Horizon. "Every game she has had 25 or 35 points. She wasn't a surprise. She could score."

Newton didn't score until 19 seconds were left in the first quarter. Meanwhile, Shawe was off to its best scoring start in years.

The Hilltoppers (3-8) scored the first 12 points of the game and led 14-2 when Newton got behind the Shawe defense for a lay-up at the end of the opening quarter.

Newton then scored 16 points in the second quarter to jump-start a 16-2 Horizon run. Shawe turned the ball over 15 times in the second quarter - and 24 in the first half - to allow the Lions to lead 23-20 at the half.

Newton continued to score in the third quarter but Shawe, thanks to the efforts of junior Taylor Grote, stayed in the hunt and trailed by eight heading into the final quarter.

Two quick baskets by Amelia Koehler and a Jenna Armstrong jumper pulled the Hilltoppers to within 38-36 with 6:33 left. A few moments later, Shannon Fry drew Shawe even at 41-41 with a pair of free throws with 3:42 left.

However, Newton answered Shawe's run with a basket and four free throws to put the Lions back on top by six. The Horizon sophomore did most of her damage in the fourth quarter at the foul line by hitting all 14 of her attempts to put the game away.

"(Newton) is a pretty good player but she got most of her points on defense with turnovers or at the foul line," Deuser said. "We did a much better job of taking care of the ball in the second half but the second quarter really hurt us."

Grote scored 18 points and Armstrong added 11 points to lead Shawe which had its best offensive performance in nearly two years. The last time the Hilltoppers broke 50 points in a game was a 54-49 win over Rock Creek on Jan. 9, 2011.

"Taylor and Jenna both played well and I though Shannon had a great game," Deuser said. "We're disappointed with the loss but we're getting better each time out. We're seeing improvement each time."

Shawe now gets a much-needed two-week break before traveling to Rock Creek on Jan. 3.

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SATURDAY'S GIRLS GAME

at Madison

HORIZON 57, SHAWE 50



HORIZON 4 19 15 19 - 57

SHAWE 14 6 10 20 - 50



HORIZON (7-1) - (g)Newton 47, (g)Johnson 6, (g)Hoeft 2, (g)Grismore 1, Meyer 1, (g)Cope 0, Novak 0, Ott 0, Wieck 0.

SHAWE (3-8) - (g)Grote 18, (g)Armstrong 11, (g)Waller 7, Koehler 5, (f)Storm 4, Fry 3, (f)Moore 2, Rios-Garcia 0, Scroggins 0, Goebel 0.



3-Point Goals - Horizon 2 (Newton 2), Shawe 1 (Armstrong 1). Total Fouls - Horizon 24, Shawe 24. Free Throws - Horizon 23-31, Shawe 15-24. Fouled Out - Horizon: Hoeft. Shawe: Waller. Next Game - Shawe visits Rock Creek Jan. 3.