Oskaloosa opens 2024 with loss to Newton, 57-39

Jan. 8—OSKALOOSA — A couple of teams looking to snap losing streaks to start 2024. Oskaloosa and Newton met up on the hardwood on Friday with the Cardinals leaving town with a 57-39 victory over the Indians.

Play got underway with both sides of the gym wearing blue in support of the Blue Jays of Perry High School, which was the scene of a tragic shooting on Thursday. The Oskaloosa boys had blue tape on their jerseys as well to show their support.

Newton came out of the gates hot as a Christian Lawson three-pointer capped off an 8-0 run to put Oskaloosa behind the eight-ball early. Both teams casted a lot of threes early with Aidan Scholes and Ethan Stek both draining one for Osky but a nice euro step by Newton's Nate Lampe late gave the Cardinals a 13-8 advantage going to the second quarter.

The Newton offense moved the ball well in the second quarter while Oskaloosa couldn't get much going with a lot of live ball turnovers leading to points on the other end. Osky was outscored 14-4 in the quarter and found themselves trailing 27-12 at the break.

The scoring ramped up in the third quarter. Oskaloosa started to get things going with Max Roach finding his shot with a trio of three-pointers and a tough layup to give him 11 points in the quarter. A tip-in by Carter Blanco at the buzzer finished off a strong offensive quarter for the Indians but they still found themselves behind by 16 going to the fourth.

It was back and forth for the final quarter behind both sides emptied their benches and Newton closed out the double digit victory.

The Cardinals would shoot 44.2% from the field and 7-of-20 from three while only committing four turnovers. Oskaloosa shot 33.3% overall and 6-of-17 from deep with 13 turnovers on the night.

Caden Klein led Newton with 16 points while two other starters also scored in double figures. Roach finished with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal to lead Osky while Scholes added 10 points and five rebounds.

Oskaloosa (2-8, 1-4 LHC) will make the trip to Norwalk (7-2, 4-0 LHC) on Friday at 7:45 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.