BAXTER SPRINGS - The Lady Lions ventured into Crawford County last Friday to face the St.Mary’s-Colgan of Pittsburg Lady Panthers on their homecoming night. The word venture is used as Colgan has an historical way of winning with their home crowd and court, and this game was no different.
Baxter Springs took a 9-7 lead after the first quarter with Abbey Underhill’s four points, four free throws by Delaney Barnes, and a free throw by Kassity Shafer. The Lady Panthers went on an eight point run and led 18-15 at the half capped by Aubri Piccini ‘s shot at the end of the period. For Baxter Springs, Riley Abernathy scored four points, including a trey.
Senior Hailey Horn’s quick baskets to start the third period put the Lady Lions up 19-18. Colgan’s sophomore Cathy Farmer scored, then Barnes, then Farmer again. Synclaire Borum and Picinni hit 3’s, followed by another Lady Panther basket to lead 29-23. Farmer completed a plus-1, then Barnes netted a field goal to end the third with Baxter Springs down 32-25.
Abernathy, Underhill, and Barnes brought the Lady Lions down 32-31. The Lady Panthers coach Abby Farabi took a page from the boys longtime coach Wayne Cichon’s playbook and stalled for over five minutes.
As with many continuous passing stalling strategies many stalls begat in a turnover. Colgan threw the ball out of bounds. The Lady Lions couldn’t capitalize on the mistake as they committed a turnover. Baxter Springs was forced to foul with 43 seconds left. Farmer made the Lady Panthers only two points in the quarter on free throws to pull out the win 34-31. Baxter Springs now have a season record of 11-4.
Barnes led the Lady Lions in scoring with 14 points, followed by Underhill and Abernathy with six. Horn in addition to her four points pulled in five rebounds. Barnes finished with three block shots. Farmer led the Lady Panthers with 13 points. Emily Paterni grabbed 11 rebounds, had five assists, and scored eight.
Baxter Springs started the busy week with two wins. The Lady Lions stopped the Neodesha Bluestreaks 57-44 on Monday, and on Tuesday held on the beat Bronaugh Missouri 40-34 on Baxter Springs’ home court.
Horn, Shafer, and Barnes led the Lady Lions to a 6-2 start against Neodesha. Next Abernathy, Barnes, and Underhill put Baxter Springs up 12-6. With Shafer’s trey, and Underhill’s basket, the Lady Lions finished the first quarter ahead 18-10.
Kelsey Spence came through with 5fivepoints in the second. Shafer added another 3-pointer, and Abernathy scored twice for a 30-23 half time margin.
The Lady Streaks outscored Baxter Springs in the third period 17-13, and found themselves down only 41-40. Underhill finished the quarter for the Lady Lions up 43-40. Baxter Springs only managed two field goals in the fourth, but was successful on 10 free throws, including six by Abernathy.
For the game Abernathy had four steals, plus 14 points. Barnes pulled eight rebounds, had three block shots, and added 13 points. Spence had a fine evening with eight rebounds, and 10 points. Sophomores Shafer and Underhill finished with eight and seven points respectively.
The Bronaugh Lady Wildcats stayed close with a 14-8 Lady Lions first quarter lead. Neither team could score much in the second period. Abernathy dropped a trey for the Lady Lions only points, and the Lady Wildcats added four points. The Lady Lions remained on top 17-12 at the half.
In the third quarter Abernathy started the scoring, followed by Barnes two free throws. Bronaugh down 21-12 came back 21-19, then 22-21. With 1:50 left Bronaugh stole the ball, and with a lay-up took the lead 23-22. Spence at the buzzer put the Lady Lions back on top 24-23.
Bronaugh with 6’ 2” Katey Rider underneath retook the lead 25-24. Barnes scored, and Abernathy with her own steal went full court for a lay-up. After a Lady Wildcat free throw, and a long range shot by Taylor Stratford they went up 28-27. Barnes scored, so did Rider. Barnes hit a free throw for a knotted game of 30. Rider and Barnes each scored again.
With Underhill’s field goal, and Abernathy and Barnes two free throw each, Baxter Springs led 38-32. Abernathy finished the game with two more free throws to finish with 14 points. Barnes had a double-double with 10 rebounds and 11 points. Shafer had two block shots, and five boards.
Next up for the Lady Lions are games against rivals. Galena visits the Lion Den on Friday, and they travel to Riverton next Tuesday. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.