SOUTHEAST - The Baxter Springs Lady Lions and Riverton Lady Rams tipped off in the first round of the Lancer Classic held in Cherokee last Tuesday. In the close victory, the Lady Lions came out on top 41-37.
Both teams threw bricks and clanks at the rim for a blazing 3-2 first quarter score. It wasn't much better at the 14-12 halftime score in the Lady Lions favor. Entering the fourth, Baxter Springs still had a small lead 26-22. Each team scored 15 in the fourth for the Lady Lion victory.
Ashleigh Grimes led the Lady Lions offense with 13 points. Caitlin Roberts and Tasha Wampler each scored 8. Kelsey Karnes contributed 6 and Nina Spence had 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals.
For the Lady Rams, senior Taylor Price had 13 points and 5 assists. MacKenzie Dunbar had a strong game with 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 9 points. 5' 10" Mattea Cupp was an animal on the boards with 10.
Baxter Springs went on to finish third in the tournament downing Oswego 64-49 after being down 30-24 at the half way mark. Spence scored 20, Grimes 17, and Karnes 12. Spence and Wampler were selected on the all-tournament team.
In the Lady Rams second round on Thursday, Columbus dropped Riverton 62-50. Price again had a great game scoring 18, had 4 steals, and the 5'3" guard managed 2 block shots. Cupp had another strong board game with an outstanding 14 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Dunbar had 6 steals.
Olivia Murdock and Katrina Frobe each had 15 points for the Lady Titans with Haley Evans and Maddie Evans each adding 10.
Riverton finished 7th in the Classic mauling Marmaton Valley 44-15. After three quarters the Lady Rams led 43-12. With the lop-sided scoring, nine Riverton players scored led by Price with 10, Cupp and Madi Hull 8, and Molly McDonald 6. Dunbar went on to be voted on the all tournament team.