CHEROKEE - After losing 67-41 to Parsons in the first game of the Cherokee-Southeast Lancer Classic tournament last Thursday, the Lady Lions were relegated to the consolation side of the eight team bracket. On Friday evening they lost a squeaker to Columbus 48-44. They received seventh place in the Classic after defeating host Southeast 60-48. The Lady Lions are now 6-5 for the season.

In the opening match against Parsons, Baxter Springs led 15-10 after the opening period on six points each from Delaney Barnes and Abbey Underhill. Allie Fry connected on a 3-pointer.

With two minutes gone in the second quarter, the Lady Vikings went on a 7-0 run to lead 20-17, then went up 21-20. The Lady Lions retook the lead 25-22 after Brylee Rice’s two free throws, and Barnes’ trey. The Lady Vikings went into the half locker room up 26-25.

Parsons continued their advantage scoring 11 to Baxter Spring's two at the start of the third quarter. They finished the quarter ahead 43-35. Baxter Springs only managed six points all by Underhill in the fourth. Barnes and Underhill scored 36 of their game’s 41. Barnes finished with 20, and Underhill 16. Barnes also had12 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Underhill had four steals in the game.

Columbus 48 - Baxter Springs 44

Against Columbus the game started with a 8-8 tie. Barnes had two field goals, and Underhill and Kassity Shafer each had one. For the Lady Titans, Macy Gray started the game with a 3-pointer. Karsyn Youngblood and Nahil Fontanez had field goals, and Anna Holman made a free throw.

The second quarter was a back-and-forth quarry. Barnes connected on two free throws, then Youngblood on one, followed by her basket. Morgan Cassidy stole the ball, and put Columbus up 13-10, Youngblood then put the Lady Titans at 15. Barnes made a 3-pointer for a 15-13 score. Fontenez hit for two points. Fry made one of two free throws, Underhill hit for two points, and Fry made another free throw. At the 2:25 mark in the half the game was tied at 19. After Barnes and Fontenez made two free throws, the Lady Lions went to 24 after Barnes' two and one, and Underhill’s basket. At the half the score was 24-20 after Youngblood made a charity toss.

Barnes started the third quarter scoring, and Baxter Springs led 26-20. With the other Lady Titans held in check, sophomore Youngblood kept Columbus in the game. She made two free throws, then two field goals to tie game at 26. Underhill scored, and Holman completed two free throws. Rice made one of two free throws, and Barnes brought Baxter Springs to 31. Barnes picked up her fourth foul and went to the bench. Holman scored, and with Youngblood’s two baskets the match was tied at 33 going into the fourth period.

To start the fourth, freshman Kerri Jones came off the bench, and with an errant pass swished the goal. Cassidy made two free throws. Columbus went to 39 on another Youngblood basket. Kalynn Tarvin for the Lady Lions brought the score to 39-35. After Holman scored at the 5:00 mark Barnes re-entered the game. Riley Haraughty canned a shot beyond the arc, then Holman scored again.

With score 48-35 Underhill scored, Rice scored, and with an ugly shot off the backboard, Underhill scored again for her 15th point of the game with 1:45 left in the game for the final points of the game. Barnes finished with 20 points, and eight rebounds. Youngblood led the Lady Titans with 21 points, and Holman added 10.

Baxter Springs 60 - Southeast 48

The Lady Lions had to settle for playing for a disappointing seventh place Saturday afternoon against the also winless Lady Lancers. Barnes started the game with eight points, and the Lady Lions led 11-7 after the opening period.

Cherokee came back with 15 points at the half for a tied score of 22. Railey Robertson led the Lady Lancers with three field goals, and Sailor Jackson had a three and two in the quarter.

Sailor Jackson put the Lady Lancers ahead 27-26 with three minutes gone in the third quarter. Barnes hit a 3-pointer to go ahead, but Taylor Myrick made good on a plus-1 to put Southeast back on top 29-28. Kassity Shafer tied the contest at 30. Barnes scored, Rice stole the ball and went full court, Barnes hit two free throws, and Underhill scored for the Lady Lions and led 38-30. Jackson then hit a 3-pointer, and Underhill scored again. The quarter ended with Baxter Springs up 42-34.

Towards the end of the fourth quarter, after a technical foul was called on the Lady Lancer coach, Barnes made the two free throws to put Baxter Springs up 58-40.

Barnes again led Baxter Springs with 28 points, for 68 points in the three game Classic. Barnes finished with three blocked shots, five total, 10 rebounds for a total of 35, and was 18-24 on her total free throws. Underhill finished with 12 points against Southeast, for a total of 43, and had six steals total. Against the Lady Lancers, Shafer added seven points, had nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.