COLUMBUS - Four girl teams entered into the district Kansas 4A Division II sub-state held last Thursday and Friday in Columbus. Previously in the season Columbus had beat the Baxter Springs Lady Lions three times. Galena won against Baxter Springs 51-38, and 49-39 in their two meetings. Parsons, in their only game facing the Lady Lions, won 54-41. Baxter went 0-5 against the three other teams.
What did the #4 seeded do? They beat Galena in overtime 50-48, and beat Parsons 41-32 to earn the right to compete in the state championship in Emporia on Thursday. With a 13-9 record they drew a #5 seed, and will face #4 Hugoton (15-7) scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. tip-off. With this being the last game of the day, don’t count for the game to start on time.
In the opening game on Thursday, Galena held a 10-4 advantage after the first quarter. Madyson Cox had six points. Emerson Johnson and Paige Jensen each had two. Baxter Springs points came from two free throws by Abbey Underhill, and a bucket by Delaney Barnes.
The Lady Lions came back to score 19 in the second period, and held the Lady Bulldogs to seven, to lead 23-17. Barnes and Underhill started the scoring. Lyndsey Dixon scored for Galena to put them at 12. Barnes shot a triple, and Kassity Shafer put the Lady Lions ahead 13-12.
A 7-2 Lady Lion run started after Galena was called for a five second turnover. Underhill made good on two free throws, Allie Fry tanked a shot off the glass, and Underhill added a filed goal. Baxter Springs was now up 19-14. Jensen made good on her two free throws to put Galena at 16. Barnes and Shafer scored at the end of the second. Even though Baxter Springs had a five point lead at the half, they had to rectify 12 turnovers.
Jara Thrower hit a trey in the third quarter, and Gracie Qualls put the Lady Bulldogs down only 22-25. Cox with a 2-and-1 brought to score to 27-25. Underhill scored, then a referee mistake happened. Underhill #25 was called for her fourth foul, not being close to the play. The foul should have been on #15 Fry, but Underhill sat the bench.
With a 38-28 ten point lead after Madison Burton scored in the fourth quarter, Galena then scored 10 points to tie the game at 38 with 2:15 left. In the run Cox and Cadie-Marie Stapleton each hit beyond the arc, Jensen made two free throws, and Stapleton scored again. Underhill, back in the game, broke the tie 40-38. On Sullivan’s basket the game was tied, and the two teams went to overtime.
Barnes scored first. Sullivan hit the first of two free throws, and missed the second. A Lady Lions lane violation gave her another chance, and both teams were at 42. Brylee Rice hit one of two free throws for the Lady Lions. Cox’s 3-pointer went in-then jumped out. Shafer scored, and Underhill hit one of two free throws to take a lead of 46-42. With 36 left, Jensen hit two free throws, 46-44. Barnes hit two free throws with 8.2 seconds left to lead 50-45. Jensen at the buzzer ended the tight match with her 3-pointer.
Baxter Springs 41 Parsons 32
Parsons defeated Columbus 60-52 in the double header Thursday to move to the championship game on Saturday night to face Baxter Springs.
The Lady Vikings play a very up tempo game with great outside shooting if given a chance. The Lady Lions coach Corey White designed a slow cautious plan to take Parsons out of running. Play a very good defense, and if you don’t have the ball, you can’t score. With 1:06 left in the opening period the score was 9-9. Baxter Springs stalled until 15 seconds left, and Barnes drove the net, and was called for charging.
Parsons was held to two points in the second quarter. Baxter Springs led at the half 17-11. In the quarter Barnes and Underhill recorded two baskets each.
Baxter Springs continued a slow deliberate offense in the third period. After Barnes’ basket the Lady Lions led 19-12. Ayanna Correll hit a 3-pointer for a 19-15 score. This was only basket the Lady Vikings would hit in the third. Nina Taylor hit two free throws to bring Parsons down 17-19. Burton and Shafer scored, and Barnes hit a free throw for the Lady Lions to go into the fourth up 24-17.
Correll hit three of four free throws, and Taylor hit three of four. Parsons now trailed 24-23. Within 20 seconds Fry had two free throws, and Parson’s Sydney Krull brought the game to 26-25. Forty five seconds later Krull put Parsons ahead 27-26.
With Kalynn Tarvin in the game, off the bench, she missed a close shot, got her rebound, and with 4:18 left she put the Lady Lions back on top. Now the free throws started for both teams. Correll tied the game at 28 with a free throw. Rice hit two, and Barnes hit three of four. Underhill followed with one, as did Shafer. Underhill iced the game making seven of nine free throws in the last minute and a half to finish with 10 points.
In the day of basketball teams bombing 3-pointers, Baxter Springs attempted only three in their two games.
As in most games, Barnes led the Lady Lions in scoring with 14 points, seven rebounds, a steal, and a block shot. Shafer finished with four field goals and a free throw for nine points, plus she had four rebounds, and a steal. Underhill added six rebounds, and a steal.