STERLING – A nice finish by Bree de Long off a pass from Julie Hurd started the fourth quarter of Monday's game between Newman and Morrison.
On the Comets' next possession, Hurd pulled up and hit a nice jumper. Moments later, Mary Alice Oswalt finished off a breakaway with a layup.
The quick string of plays extended the Comets' lead to double-digits, and it provided enough of a cushion for Newman to pick up a 42-37 Three Rivers North win.
"I think we just needed to be more aggressive," Oswalt said. "We weren't making shots, and good shooters keep shooting. We made a few of those bunnies and that helped us get on track."
The 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter gave Newman its largest lead at 32-22.
It also put pressure on the Fillies to figure out their own struggling offense.
A few minutes later, Chelsea Eads took a pass and drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to six points at 32-26.
Baskets by Sarah Trujillo and Oswalt sandwiched around a free throw by Eads allowed Newman to extend the lead back out to nine at 38-29.
Lakin Goodman gave Morrison (4-4, 0-4) a glimmer of hope with 1:02 left with another 3-pointer.
The shot made it 38-32. A three-point play by Ashley Greul with 6.3 seconds left pulled Morrison within four points at 41-37.
Morrison fouled Hurd, who made the first of two. Time ran out as the teams scurried for the rebound after the missed second shot.
"It's just been our theme this year to wait until our backs are to the wall before we start playing," Morrison coach Tyler Whitebread said. "We weren't hitting shots tonight. Defensively, we'd play well and then give up the offensive rebound and the putback. Just a few mental mistake cost us."
Newman (2-6, 2-1) grabbed control initially with a 6-0 run to end the first half. That run lasted the last 4 minutes, 25 seconds.
Kayci Howell hit a jumper with 4:05 left to break a tie score at 14. One minute later, Hurd made two free throws.
The first-half scoring ended with Oswalt making a layup.
"We played two pretty good halves tonight," Newman coach Jay Howell said. "That's the first time we've really done that this year."
Oswalt and Hurd each had 10 points for the Comets. Schmitt had seven points and three assists.
Morrison was led by Eads, who finished with 16 points. Goodman added 10 points and seven rebounds. Ashley Greul had 12 rebounds.
"We've been waiting for Chelsea to have a game like this," Whitebread said. "She got her outside shot going a little bit tonight. That's a good thing because we can play her outside and then move her inside when we need to."
Star of the game: Chelsea Eads, Morrison, 16 points, 6 rebounds
Key performers: Lakin Goodman, Morrison, 10 points, 7 rebounds; Mary Alice Oswalt, Newman, 10 points, 6 rebounds
Up next: Bureau Valley at Morrison, 7:30 Thursday; Newman at Fulton, 7:30 p.m. Thursday