Newton head boys basketball coach Jason Carter thought the Cardinals could be good shooters each of the past two seasons.
While the outside shots didn’t always go down on a consistent basis in those years, Carter is hoping what he saw from his players on Tuesday against Carlisle carries over into the regular season.
Newton buried 13 3-pointers against the Wildcats and used strong first and third quarters to put away its visitors, 85-60, during the “Achieve Challenge” scrimmage.
“I have known for two years that we have the potential to be a really good shooting team. And tonight we were,” Carter said.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. They had four points midway through the period but exploded in the final four minutes as Brody Bauer canned a trio of treys and Jake Ingle scored nine points in the frame.
It was Ingle’s night overall as he made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points.
“The guys have played with Jake long enough that when he’s feeling it, they know to get him the ball,” Carter said. “He was really on from 3 and it opened up the floor for the rest of the team.”
Newton led 24-10 after one and a big second frame by Cole Plowman allowed the hosts to stay in front by double-digits.
Plowman had 13 points in the game and nine came in the second. Bauer and Ingle each hit a 3 and the Cardinals led 41-29 at the break.
Newton outscored Carlisle 26-15 in the third. Ingle made three more 3-pointers, Carson Satterfield nailed a trey and Caleb Mattes, Plowman, Ian Reynolds and Kacey Sommars all scored buckets inside the lane.
Outside of draining 13 triples, Newton’s guards had success getting into the lane and dishing the ball to a teammate within a few feet of the basket.
That’s the kind of offense Carter is mostly looking for. He wants his players to be confident enough to take outside shots but doesn’t want the attempts to be equal-opportunity shooting.
“We had three guys coming back who have been our best 3-point shooters the past few years and if we have the ability to make the extra pass to one of those guys, we need to make that extra pass,” Carter said. “Sometimes it’s hard to find a way to get that across to the kids. We need Brody (Bauer), Jake (Ingle) and Tade (Vanderlaan) shooting as many times as possible.”
The regulars played about half the fourth. Mattes scored inside, Ingle buried his final 3 and Drew Thompson made his lone trey in the period.
After that, Brody Fuller took over the offensive load, scoring all four of his points in the final few minutes. He was 4-of-6 from the foul line.
Bauer and Plowman each scored 13 points, Reynolds chipped in six and Mattes, Sommars, Satterfield and Fuller all scored four points.
Thompson and Christian Lawson each made 3s in the final period.
“We knew we could put a bunch of guys on the floor and that remains the coaching staff’s biggest challenge,” Carter said. “We have to find the right mix and figure out who gels the best together. Every single one of those kids is important to our success though.”
Carter was not as happy about the team’s defense. Carlisle scored in double-digits in all four quarters and put in 50 in the final three periods alone.
Isaac Comito scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats, while Tate Osterhaus added 10 points.
“Defensively, I was not incredibly happy. We gave up 60. But we haven’t spent as much time on that side of the floor as we will,” Carter said. “We need to be more fundamentally sound at the end.
“(Comito) is a solid player. We would scout a player like that more if this was a regular-season game. But he found ways to score.”