ANDERSON, Mo. - Junior Kassity Shafer led Baxter Springs in the best game of her Lady Lions basketball career, with 12 points, nine defensive rebounds, and a pair of blocked shots. Baxter Springs held off a small, but pesky McDonald County Missouri 41-35.
The Lady Lions ended the first period down 9-5 with only Delaney Barnes making two free throws, and Shafer scoring a two and a free throw.
McDonald County led 14-7 with 5:32 left in the second quarter. Sophomore Barnes, freshman Brylee Rice, and junior Abbey Underhill each added field goals for 12 points. Underhill made good on a free throw. At the buzzer Rice shot beyond the arc to put the game tied at 15 at the half break.
The third period started with Shafer on an underneath basket from a pass from freshman Allie Fry. Shafer soon blocked a shot, stole the ball and Fry went on a full court drive for two. With the Lady Lions up 27-19 at the 3:30 mark the Lady Mustangs knocked a 3-pointer, and scored twice more. Sam Frazier knocked a trey with 42 seconds left until Baxter Springs finished the period up 31-26. In the quarter Barnes scored eight points, and Shafer six.
With two minutes left in the game McDonald County did come back down only 36-32, but Fry put the Lady Lions at 38. Barnes finished the scoring with a plus-1 for her final 15 points.
Baxter Springs started their final week before their Christmas break at home with a 44-35 win last Tuesday against the Erie Lady Red Devils.
The Lady Lions were in complete control the first half. Barnes had 11 points of her final 18, and Underhill with six of her final 12 points. Rice scored all of her six points in the opening half.
After leading 24-10 at the half, Baxter Springs let Erie come back only down 32-30, then finished the quarter down 34-30. The Lady Red Devils didn’t score their first point until three and a half minutes were gone in the period, then put on a show scoring 19 more points. Baxter Springs did slow down Erie in the final quarter outscoring the Lady Red Devils 10-5.
Barnes also added 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots. While Underhill pulled nine boards, and two steals.
Both girls and boys Baxter Springs teams kick off the new year with a rivalry week. The teams will have the visiting Galena teams in Tuesday, Jan. 2, and then travel to the new Riverton Ram field house on Friday. The girls are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off, with the boys to follow.