GALENA - The Bulldogs, now 13-4 and 2-1 in the CNC League, fell to Baxter Springs 54-51, on the Bulldogs homecoming night last Friday. The Lions are now 12-5 and 2-1 in the CNC.
The game started tied at four, with the Bulldogs all-time point leader starting with a basket. Preston Landis and Max Sheffer scored for the Lions. Trenton Little started his 22 point night for the Bulldogs.
Baxter Springs' Brant Trease put the Lions at six. Little and Blake Booth of the Bulldogs each hit 3-pointers for a Bulldog 10-6 advantage. Landis and Trey White with 3:34 left tied the game up at 10. The big man Little hit another trey, and White with a rebound went to the opposite end to end the opening period with Galena up 13-12.
In the second period Sheffer put Baxter Springs down 17-14. Hall with a steal put the Bulldogs at 19. Sheffer and Landis put the Lions at 18. Hall hit a shot beyond the arc, Booth scored and Galena now led 24-18. White hit a trey for a 24-21 score. Hall hit a floater, and Landis finished the half with Galena leading 26-23.
White started the second half, and Hall hit two free throws. Trease went strong underneath to close the gap at 28-27. White scored, and Blake Thiessen hit a 3-pointer for the Lions to take their first lead 32-30 since the start. Little put Galena back on top with a two plus one.
White again stole the ball and went the distance to retake the lead. With one minute left in the third, Thiessen hit another long shot. Baxter Springs now was on top 37-33. Little hit a turn-around jumper, then White increase the Lions lead 39-35. Little off of a rebound closed the quarter with Galena down 39-37.
After White scored, Hall completed two charity tosses. Logan Henderson tied the game at 41. Landis hit a field goal, as did Little. White hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and Baxter Springs went up 49-43.
Galena then had a travelling call, and Sheffer put a rebound back. Baxter Springs had an eight point lead. Little canned another 3-pointer. J.C. Shelton went full court after a pass from Michael Helton. White missed the front end of a 1-and-1, got his rebound, and scored. The Lions led 53-48. With 20 seconds, left Hall hit a 3-pointer from the corner for a 53-51 score. White finished the scoring, and the victory, with a free throw.
It was a tough night for both the boys and girls team, as they said goodbye to a schoolmate Tyler Rainey that afternoon. Rainey succumbed to injuries from a truck accident earlier in the week. Junior classmates Trey White and the Lady Lions Abbey Underhill both wore Tyler’s Number 25 in his honor. Galena showed class as they wore warm up t-shirts honoring Tyler.
The Lions started the week in Frontenac, on Tuesday, with a 65-56 loss. Baxter Springs led at the end of the first quarter up 16-12. Freshman Kain McCulley came through with six points off the bench.
After McCulley’s added another basket in the second quarter, Frontenac went on a 8-0 run to lead 24-18. The Raiders finished the half with a lead of 46-23. Baxter Springs outscored Frontenac in the third period 16-11, but still trailed 51-42. Each team scored 14 points in the final stanza.
White led the Lions with 22 points, including two 3-pointers. Thiessen added two treys for his seven points. Billy Buck and McCulley each finished with eight. Trease finished with six points.