RIVERTON - The Lady Lions ran into a more difficult game than they imagined, playing rival Riverton on the Lady Rams home court last Tuesday. The Lady Lions ultimately did escape with a 41-31 win. It was senior night in Riverton as Jaylee Hopkins, Olivia Patterson, Shelby Edwards and Sam Greninger were recognized.

Edwards put the Lady Rams on top 4-3 before Baxter Springs went on an 8-0 run with baskets by Riley Abernathy, Kassity Shafer, Hailey Horn, and Delaney Barnes. The first quarter ended with a Baxter Springs lead 13-8 with Barnes’ 6 points. Neali Weaver and Danielle Weaver each scored for Riverton.

Cheyenna Von Moss started the Lady Lions second quarter with a trey, but that’s all they could score in the period. Edwards canned three baskets for six of her game’s 11 points. Patterson put them ahead 17-16 on her 3-pointer. with 4:25 left. Neither team could add points for the next three minutes until Neali Weaver led Riverton ahead 19-16 at the half break.

With 4:40 left in the third quarter Barnes tied the game at 22, and Baxter Springs retook the lead on her next field goal. The Lady Lions added four more points after Abernathy stole the ball for a full court lay-up, and Barnes’ basket. Edwards brought the Lady Rams within four 28-24 to end the third.

Patterson brought Riverton to what would be their final score at the 4:43 mark. Baxter Springs started at 34 and padded their margin with Barnes netting two field goals, and Abernathy connected on three free throws.

Barnes had 16 points of her final 22 points in the second half. She added two block shots, and eight rebounds. Abernathy finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Patterson added seven points for Riverton.

On Friday Baxter Springs traveled to Cherokee-Southeast and it was all Lady Lions from the get-go. With Barnes first quarter 10 points, and Abernathy’s six, they lead 20-2 to go into the second. Von Moss added a three and a two in the second to lead 27-10 at the half. After leading 38-15 after three quarters, they finished 51-22. The Lady Lions are now 15-4 for the season.

Again, Barnes led the Lady Lions with 18 points, including 6-for-6 on the free throw line, and 10 boards. Abernathy had another fine performance with 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 12 points. Shafer finished with 5 points and pulled 7 rebounds. Horn added 8 points and 5 rebounds.

The Lady Lions will play in the Kansas 4A Division II sub-state Friday, March 3, against Columbus.