GALENA - Madysen Cox opened the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in Galena’s field house last Friday, on Galena’s homecoming night. Baxter Springs then came back with eight straight. Kassity Shafer scored twice, Brylee Rice stole the ball and went full court for a lay-up, and Delaney Barnes scored.
Galena’s Cadie-Marie Stapleton scored. With the Lady Lions free throw from Abbey Underhill, Baxter Springs led 9-4. The Lady Bulldogs then went on their own 10-2 run. Emerson Johnson hit two free throws, Stapleton scored, as did Paige Jensen. With Johnson’s field goal Galena led 14-11 at the end of the quarter.
The score in the second quarter was 19-15 after Johnson and Jenson hit their shots for Galena. Underhill and Shafer did the same for Baxter Springs. Allie Fry brought the Lady Lions to 19-17. Jensen connected on a trey, then Shafer came back with a basket. Jensen scored again to put Galena up 24-17. Barnes added two free throws, but Jara Thrower and Stapleton ended the half with the Lady Bulldogs up 28-21.
At the start of the second half, Thrower and Cox advanced the margin to 32-21. Baxter Springs went on another run of 8-0 to pull the Lady Lions closer at the 2:55 mark at 32-29. In the run Underhill scored, Shafer scored, Shafer scored again, and Barnes added four points. Galena closed out the quarter 37-29 with two free throws from Cox, one of two free throws by Makayla McNemar, and a basket by Jensen.
With a 41-29 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, after field goals by Thrower and Jensen, they had the numbers. The Lady Bulldogs Coach Preston Scarrow does a fine job with his six seniors who have been together since middle school, and have taken their lumps the last three years. They didn’t shoot until someone could break loose for a lay-up. Jensen finally got her lay-up, and they led 43-30. Jensen got another lay-up, and completed a two plus one after her points.
Galena did the same the remainder of the game, plus some free throws at the end when Baxter Springs had to foul to stop the clock.
For Galena (14-3, 3-0 CNC), Jensen led her team in scoring with 20 points, getting 10 points in the final quarter. Thrower, Cox, and Stapleton each finished with eight. Johnson added six points.
Shafer had her best game of the season, finishing with 12 points, and two blocked shots. Barnes finished with 13 points, six rebounds, a steal, and a block shot. Underhill added seven points.