Two fourth quarter running clock games, sent the Baxter Springs young ladies and men home from Girard with 52-20 and 49- 23 losses respectively.
In the opener, the Lady Trojans started with a 16-5 lead after the first quarter. Senior, Allie Fry, scored on a field goal and a free throw for Baxter Springs and a basket from junior, Brooklyn Giesel.
The Lady Lions managed six points in the second period, but were buried, 36-11, at the half. Fry added a basket in the period. Senior, Brylee Rice, with a free throw in the quarter, threw wildly at the glass with ten seconds remaining. The ball bounced just right for three points.
Each team managed only four points in the third quarter for a 40-15 score.
Fry finished with seven points with a put back off a rebound in the third and was high scorer for the Lady Lions. Hallee White, sophomore, made good on two-for-two free throws. Kennedy Krokroskia, senior, made three-of-four free throws in the final period. Reserves, Addi Casada and Gabby Lane each added field goals.
In the boy’s game, the Lions started with their only lead of the night. Senior, Kain McCully, began the scoring off a put-back from a rebound underneath, then senior, Henry Riley, drained a three for a Lion, 5-4, advantage.
Girard put nine straight points in the scorebook to end the period up 14-5.
Payton Gaines, freshman, added the only two Lions points in the second quarter, while the Trojans added 15 to go into the half up 29-7.
The Lions moved to double figures in the third quarter with a field goal and a free throw from junior, Kamo Williamson. Sophomore, Logan Gess, with his field goal, put the Lions down 42-12 to go into the running clock in the fourth quarter.
Baxter Springs moved quickly with six straight points in the final quarter. Kaden Niday, junior, hit a basket. Williamson was fouled on a three point attempt. He made the first two of three tosses but missed his third. McCully grabbed the rebound for two points. Williamson with two short floaters finished the game with seven points to bring the Lions up to 22 points. Gess finished the game with no time on the clock making the front end of a one-plus-one but wasn’t allowed to try the second for statistical purposes only.