BAXTER SPRINGS - The Lady Lions split their games against neighbors Galena and Riverton in their home Lion Den. Against the Lady Bulldogs they lost 49-39, and came out on top against the Lady Rams 49-30.
As Galena Coach Matt Meyr has said about his Lady Bulldogs in the last few years: “We’re height challenged”. His six seniors have played together since middle school. Although they may be shorter than many of their competition, they now have a record of 5-2, and man can they shoot the rock.
Galena took a 11-10 lead after the first quarter with 3-pointers by Lindsey Dixon, Madyson Cox, and Jara Thrower. The Lady Lions' 10 points came from Delaney Barnes, and Abbey Underhill with four each, and two from Kassity Shafer.
Baxter Springs regained a very temporary lead 12-11 on Underhill’s basket. Galena went ahead 19-12 on seven points on Thrower’s field goal, and Cox’s long shot and two free throws. The Lady Lions came back closer to 16 points on Barnes’ baskets. Galena finished the half with 22 points after Cox canned two more 3-pointers.
Galena finished the third period up 33-25 with Barnes providing all of Baxter Springs’ nine points in the quarter. Paige Jensen added her trey for Galena.
The fourth period found the two teams trading baskets with Galena scoring 16, and Baxter Springs 14. Cox added her fourth 3-pointer to finish with 18 points. Barnes had two 3-pointers to finish with 25 points.
Barnes pulled down 14 rebounds, two steals, and had a block shot. Underhill blocked three shots, and had eight points. Shafer finished with four points, but had eight defensive boards and one on offense. For Galena, Thrower had nine points with her three 3-pointers. Jensen finished with 11 points, and Dixon added seven points.
In Friday’s game against Riverton Barnes picked up two quick fouls and sat most of the opening period. That didn’t stop her from collecting 21 points in the three remaining quarters. Barnes only had four field goals, but owned the inside battle, and was getting fouled. She made good on 12 of 15 free throws.
The Lady Lions defense shut down Riverton allowing only two points in the second quarter, and three in the third to take a 35-13 lead going into the fourth.
Underhill made seven field goals for 14 points, had a block shot, and three steals. Shafer finished with a block shot, and also had three steals. Freshman Allie Fry added five points. Kalynn Tarvin came off the bench and played a fine defensive game, and added four points.
The Lady Lions (4-2) travel to Neodesha to face the Bluestreaks this Friday. Next week they enter the week long Lancer Classic in Cherokee with the schedule to be announced.