BAXTER SPRINGS - The Lions picked up two more victories last week winning against the Girard Trojans 48-42, and then a big homecoming win over the Cherokee-Southeast Lancers, 66-39. The Girard win broke the Trojans eight game wining streak.
The Lions finished the opening period against Girard 8-7, after senior Mason Hartley’s steal and full court lay-up, and junior Max Sheffer’s field goal. Baxter Springs held the Trojans scoreless the first four minutes of the second quarter, and led 15-8 until Girard managed two free throws. The Lions were up 17-10 a the half.
The defense held in the third taking a 31-20 advantage going into the final period. With four minutes left Girard came back down 39-30 when the Lions free throws took over. Baxter Springs netted eight free throws for the final.
Shafer led the Lions with 18 points. Sheffer and Preston Landis each finished with eight.
It was all Baxter Springs against Southeast. Sophomore Trey White started the game with two baskets, Shafer scored, Landis scored, and Nate Thompson scored. Shafer had a huge dunk off White’s feed, Brant Trease scored and Trey hit a trey. Off another great feed by White, Shafer made such a monster slam that a player jumped off the bench and leaped almost to the half court stripe. Yes, the reserve received a technical foul.
After being down 26-4 in the opening period, Southeast outscored Baxter Springs in the second 13-10, but the Lions led 37-17. The Lions scored 21 in the third to the Lancers 12.
With the large scoring margin the junior varsity played, and nine players figured in the score book. Again, Shafer led the Lions with 19 points. White had a fine outing with 15. Landis finished with 11, and Thompson eight.
St. Mary's-Colgan of Pittsburg is next on the Lion schedule, as Baxter Springs travels to the always challenging Crawford County field house this Friday. They return home next Tuesday to face Frontenac.