NEWTON — The Andover Central Jaguars were able to survive a second-half comeback by the Garden City Buffaloes to claim a 42-37 win in the consolation semifinals of the Newton Invitational girls’ basketball tournament at Ravenscroft Gym.

Central saw a double digit lead close to within one late in the game. Garden City was never able to take the lead.

“We had some moments, but after yesterday’s game, I liked the fact that we came back and played together,” Central coach Stana Jefferson said. “We did a lot better defensively and we played together as a team. Hopefully, we can build on that. … It was a grind today, and we were able to grind it out. I’m proud of them for that.”

“In the second half, we played a lot better, but we can’t get off to a slow start like that,” Garden City coach Matt Pfeiffer said. “We don’t give ourselves much of a chance doing that. We have to come out tomorrow and play like we did in the second half, and not dig ourselves a hole like we did in the first half.”

Ryann Stearns led Central with 18 points, followed by Jewell Bolden with 14.

Abbie Dart led Garden City with 12 points.

Each team had four turnovers and no shots taken in the first 90 seconds of the game. Central jumped out 8-4, but a Josie Calzonetti 3-pointer with 1:05 left in the period got Garden City within one, 8-7.

Central opened the second quarter with a pair of Stearns layups and a Bolden trey. A pair of Bolden treys late in the period put Central up by 10. Bolden hit one of two free throws with .1 second left in the half to put Central ahead 22-11.

Garden City was just four of 13 shooting in the first half with 14 turnovers. Andover Central was eight of 22 with eight turnovers.

Garden City opened third quarter with a 7-2 run.

A pair of Beth Guyman free throws with 1:12 to play in the third quarter got the Buffaloes within three. Long followed with one of two free throws with 35.1 seconds in the period, cutting the Jaguar lead to two at the end of the quarter, 31-29. Garden City didn’t have a turnover in the period.

Andover Central opened the fourth quarter with a pair of buckets, outscoring the Buffaloes 6-4 early in the period. All of Garden City’s points came from the line, hitting four of six free throws.

Dart hit a layup with 1:20 in regulation to get Garden City within two. Alyssa Wesley hit one of two free throws eight seconds later. After trading turnovers, Kyra Bellows put back a missed Garden City shot to cut the lead to one.

Stears hit four free throws in the remaining 28.1 seconds to preserve the win for Central.

Central, 9-4, plays Shawnee Mission Northwest at 2:30 today for third place. Garden City, 3-9, plays Kapaun-Mt. Carmel for seventh place at 1 p.m. today.

ANDOVER CENTRAL (9-4) — Wolf 0 0-0 1, 0; Wesley 1 1-3 2, 3; Stearns 4 (2) 4-4 1, 18; Schulte 1 1-2 3, 3; Bolden 2 (3) 1-2 3, 14; Cessop 0 0-0 0, 0; Peckham 1 0-0 1, 2; Brown 1 0-0 4, 2; Birch 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 10 (5) 7-11 15, 42.

GARDEN CITY (3-9) — Pietz 0 0-0 1, 0; Long 0 2-4 1, 2; Dart 2 (2) 2-2 1, 12; Steinmetz 0 (1) 1-2 4, 4; Guyman 0 2-2 0, 2; Hogan 2 0-1 1, 4; Bellows 3 2-2 4, 8; Calzonetti 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Gerber 1 0-0 2, 2; TOTALS 8 (4) 9-13 15, 37.

Andover Ct.;8;14;9;11;—42

Garden City;7;4;18;8;—37

NEWTON — The Andover Central girls’ basketball team went ice cold in the second and third quarters, allowing Shawnee Mission Northwest to claim a 57-39 win the fifth-place game of the Newton Invitational Tournament Saturday at Ravenscroft Gym.

Northwest, 9-4 and making in its NIT debut, made a 20-10 run in the third quarter to take control of the game.

“For the first three quarters, we didn’t get much effort,” Andover Central coach Stana Jefferson said. “I told them at halftime, I can coach and coach, but if they don’t play with more heart, we’re going to have games like we had tonight. Right now, I need to find five kids who are willing to play hard. We just have to work to get better.”

For Northwest, Jordann Nachbar scored 20 points, followed by Gena Ojeda with 11.

Ryann Stearns scored 16 points for 9-5 Central, all in the second half. Ashtyn Brown added 10.

Northwest outscored Central 7-0 from the free throw line. The Cougars were called for just five fouls. The Jaguars didn’t even attempt a free throw.

Northwest jumped out 10-3 as the Jaguars were cold from the field early. Andover Central finished the quarter on a 5-0 run capped by a Beth Schulte trey at the buzzer.

A pair of 3-pointers allowed Northwest to make an 8-0 run to start the second quarter. Central missed its first six shots from the field. Ashtyn Brown broke the run with a shot with 2:20 left in the period. Northwest outscored Central 5-2 in the remaining time to lead 22-12 at the half.

Northwest put things way with a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. Ryann Stearns broke the run with a jumper with 4:24 left in the period. A Nachbar layup with six seconds left in the period put the Cougars ahead 42-22.

Stearns hit a short jumper and a layup to open the fourth quarter. The two teams traded points for the rest of the way.

SHAWNEE MISSION NORTHWEST (9-4) — Winter 0 2-2 0, 2; Ojeda 1 (3) 0-0 0, 11; Formwalt 0 0-0 1, 0; Seibold 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Hill 0 0-0 0, 0; Nunnick 1 0-0 0, 2; Nugent 0 (1) 1-2 0, 4; Rose 0 (2) 2-2 0, 8; Black 0 (1) 2-2 0, 5; Nachbar 10 0-0 2, 20; Hanson 0 0-0 0, 0; Peterson 1 0-1 2, 2; TOTALS 13 (8) 7-9 6, 57.

ANDOVER CENTRAL (9-5) — Wolf 0 0-0 0, 0; Miles 0 0-0 0, 0; Wesley 1 (1) 0-0 1, 5; Stearns 5 (2) 0-0 0, 16; Schulte 0 (1) 0-0 4, 3; Bolden 0 (1) 0-0 4, 3; Cessop 0 0-0 0, 0; Peckham 1 0-0 0, 2; Brown 5 0-0 1, 10; Birch 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 12 (5) 0-0 11, 39.

SM N-West;10;12;20;15;—57

And.Ct.;8;4;10;17—39