BAXTER SPRINGS - Galena entered the Baxter Springs Lion Den with a 4-1 record from December. Their only loss was from a lot larger enrollment Carl Junction. Galena went up by two points with a few seconds left, but Carl Junction threw in a long shot buzzer beater for a one-point loss.
But what a show the Lions put on in the opening period to start their 2018 portion of the season. Baxter Springs finished their rival match with a 76-60 win.
The Lion's junior Trey White started with two free throws, then a trey. Brant Trease scored, Preston Landis scored twice, and the Lions went up 14-0 after Blake Thiessen’s 3-pointer. After almost five minutes off the opening clock Galena’s Garrett Hall put the Bulldogs first points on the board.
Baxter Springs went up 21-2 after White hit another shot behind the arc. Trease scored again, and the Bulldog’s coach Matt Meyer received a bench technical. White made good on his two technical free throws, and followed that up with a basket. J.C. Shelton put Galena at four. Landis and Trease again followed with field goals. With two seconds left in the quarter Hall moved the Bulldogs to six. To put the icing on the cake, White fired from three quarter court, and swish to but Baxter Springs at 30.
Towards the end of the third period Shelton with two free throws put the Bulldogs at 19. Landis moved the Lions to 47 with a basket, and two free throws. Baxter Springs ended the quarter up 54-34.
Galena moved the score to 65-53 with 2:55 left in the game after Hall’s and Shelton’s shots for three points each. The Bulldogs only managed seven more points the remainder, and Baxter Springs added 11.
White led the Lions with 32 points with four 3-pointers. Landis followed with his 22 points, and Trease finished with 15. Hall led his Bulldogs with his 25 points. Shelton finished with 14, and Trevor Little 10.
The Lions was scheduled to finish their rivalry week and travel to Riverton’s new field house this Friday. With a maintenance problem with a frozen water pipe the game is now to played in Baxter Springs.
With his 32 points against Galena, junior White netted 25 against Riverton for 57 total for his rival week. The Lions improved to 4-1 with their 59-33 win against the Rams last Friday night.
The Rams senior Gage Kirby scored all of Riverton’s 5 points in the opening quarter. The Lions finished with nine on only a trey by White. Landis made two free throws. Sheffer, Namelo, and Graves each had charity tosses.
Riverton went on a 7-0 run at the start of the second period with a field goal by Bayley Lansford, a 3-pointer by Tyler Zusiak, and another basket by Lansford, and took the lead 14-10. White missed his shot, followed with a rebound to score. Next, Trease garnered a steal, and with a quick pass to White who went full court. White was fouled in the act of shooting, and made his two free throws to knot the game at 14.
Lansford and Travis Comer made good for four points. Sheffer with a turn around and a finger tip roll put the Lions at 16. Zusiak connected on two free throws. Baxter Springs tied the game at 20 with Sheffer’s inside basket, and White’s rebound and full court lay-up.
Kirby was successful on two free throws, but Billy Buck tied the game at 22. Zusiak finished the quarter with his free throws to put the Rams up 24-22 at the half.
After Comer scored to start the third period, White and Thiessen put the game tied again at 26. Zusiak on a reverse underneath move for the Rams scored. The Lions then went on their own 14-0 run to take a 40-28 advantage. On the run Sheffer scored, then Trease. White made two free throws. Next Trease and Graves added baskets. White on a pull-up jumper with .03 seconds left put the Lions up 43-31.
The Rams were shut down in the final quarter adding just two points to their total. The Lions went to 59 points on baskets by Namelo, Graves, Trease, Landon Abbott, freshman Kain McCulley, and five more points by White.
Nine Lions figured into the scoring, minus White’s 25. Trease finished with eight, and Sheffer seven. Namelo and Graves each had 4four, with Landis, Abbott, McCulley, and Buck with two each. Zusiak led the Rams with 12 points, followed by Lansford with eight, and Comer six.