The Parsons High School girls basketball knocked off Baxter Springs 54-45 Monday evening in the first round of the class 4A girls’ basketball substrate tournament.

Parsons finished the year at 15-5 overall while Baxter was 14-6 coming into the tournament.

According to the Parsons Sun four Vikings were in double figures and PHS enjoyed a semi-comfortable lead most of the way.

PHS went into the second quarter leading 12-6

But the Lions were far from done.

Nina Spence hit a triple on the other end and a basket and free throw from Tasha Wampler cut the lead to 14-12 with six minutes to go.

Baxter pulled within one with two minutes left and took a 20-18 lead at the 1:20 mark on the third triple of the game for Spence.

Sawyer Woodworth found Taylor Kemp underneath the next trip down and hit two free throws of her own with 16.1 to go and Parsons went into the half up 22-20.

The Southeast Kansas League champion Vikings went on a 9-2 run to start the third and led 35-28 after three.

Parsons maintained a double-dight lead for much of the fourth quarter.

According to the Sun Baxter stole a pair of inbounds passes with under 1:30 to go and had the lead cut to eight on a 3-pointer by Spence with 35 seconds left, but time ran out on the comeback and the Vikings advanced to the semi-finals.

Baxter was led by Spence, who had five 3-pointers and scored 19 points. Wampler added 14 points and six rebounds.

Parsons will face rival Labette County High School Thursday evening in Coffeyville after Labette dominated the Columbus Lady Titans.