BAXTER SPRINGS - Galena upped their record to 6-1 after a narrow win against Baxter Springs last Tuesday, on the Bulldogs home court 44-43.
Senior P.J. Sarwinski led Galena in the first quarter with seven points, pushing the lead to 14-13 with 45 seconds in the opening period. Nate Thompson scored for the Lions, and Mason Hartley got a steal and a nice pass to Trey White to take over the lead for Baxter 17-14 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Sarwinski tied the game at 17 with a quick trey. Garrett Shafer and Max Sheffer brought the Lions back up 21-17. Later on in the third quarter, with J.C. Shelton’s 3-pointer, the Bulldogs retook the lead 24-23. The Lions came back on top 25-24 on Thompson’s steal and lay-up. Galena’s Garrett Hall canned two free throws, but Preston Landis came back with his field goal for a 27-26 advantage. With a nice pass from Landis, Sheffer ended the third period with a Lions lead 29-26.
Baxter Springs went up six points midway in the third 36-30 when a technical was called on the Galena bench. Each team’s coaches were disgusted at the referees calls by this point. With Shelton and Hall’s 3-pointers, the game was tied at 36 with 2:30 left in the third. The Lions went up by three after Sheffer’s basket and Landis’ free throw to end the third quarter.
Sarwinski started the fourth with two field goals and the Bulldogs got back on top 40-39. Sheffer connected with two free throws, but Hall and Sarwinski put the Bulldogs back up front 44-41. With 2:50 left in the game, Shafer scored and Landis’ turn-around jumper rimmed out with 47 seconds left with Galena holding on to 44-43 lead. Thompson’s 3-pointer went in, then out. White got the rebound, was hit with no foul called, and missed the put back. Baxter Springs turned the ball over, but Galena couldn’t capitalize on the mistake. White’s shot again rimmed out. On the rebound both teams scrambled for the ball, Galena came up with it to finish the Bulldog win.
Sarwinski finished the game with 18 points. Hall and Shelton each added nine. Sheffer led the Lions with 12 points, followed by Landis with 10, and Shafer with nine.
At home against Riverton, Baxter Springs jumped out 6-0, led 14-6 after the first quarter, and 27-19 at the half. Riverton managed just two points in the fourth quarter. The Lions evened their season record to 3-3 with the 68-32 win.
Three Lions were in double figures. Landis had another strong outing showing 21 points. Shafer came through with 17, and Sheffer added 12. With the large scoring difference some seldom mentioned bench players got into the scorebook. Senior Kolton Williamson and Mason Hartley each finished with four points, and Blake Thiessen three. Carson Shockley led the Rams with 11 points.