BAXTER — Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s basketball teams got off to a good start in 2014. The Raider girls and boys swept a non-conference doubleheader Thursday night at home against Ankeny Christian Academy.
The CMB girls recorded their second straight win, a 60-50 victory, to improve to 2-8 overall. CMB’s boys extended their win streak to six (6-2) with a 72-59 win over Ankeny Christian.
CMB’s teams travel to Jewell tonight to play South Hamilton.
A huge run in the final eight minutes put the CMB girls in the win column for the second time this season. The Raiders led 28-25 at halftime, but found themselves down by one, 38-37, after three quarters of play.
The CMB girls doubled up on the Eagles in the fourth quarter, outscoring their visitors 24-12. Leading the way were senior Abbie Haupert and junior Lexi Breon. Haupert poured in 27 points to get closer to the 1,000-point career mark. Haupert is at 977. Breon fired in 17 points.
“We played a complete game trailing only a few times. Abbie and Lexi both had huge ball games, which propelled our underclassmen to step up their game,” said Jamie Zabel, CMB girls’ head coach. “At the end, I was impressed with our composure and ability to make key free throws to ice the game late.”
Zabel said freshman Sydney Ziesman gave the Raiders a boost off the bench in the late run. He said the girls have improved their free throw shooting, and it has led to 10-to-12 points more per game for the Raiders.
Madison Laib scored 21 points for the Eagle girls. Lizzie Deo added 11 and Alli Howard had 10 points.
The Raider boys have played it close to the vest most of the season with a knack of pulling out wins down the stretch. They trailed the Eagles 18-16 after one quarter then moved to the lead by halftime.
Bryce Kemp’s two free throws with 10 seconds remaining in the first half put the Raiders up 35-33. The third quarter was much of the same as the teams traded points. A 3-pointer by Tommy Galloway at the 5:48 mark put the Raiders up for good, 42-38.
CMB led 54-45 at the end of three periods. The Raiders stretched it to 60-47 in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Kemp and Zach Samson led the Raiders with double-doubles. Kemp poured in 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Samson controlled 13 rebounds and scored 10 points.
Galloway chipped in with 13 points. Austin Moorman had 11 points. Moorman and Samson each dished out four assists.
J.J. Waddle paced the Eagles with 14 points. Bradley Fisher had 15 and Chayton Tonemah added 14 points.
Ankeny Christian 10-15-13-12—50
CMB — Schmitz 4, Ziesman 6, Ritter 2, Eslinger 4, Haupert 27, Breon 17.
Ankeny Christian — Deo 11, Smith 4, Snyder 4, Howard 10, Laib 21.
Ankeny Christian 18-15-12-14—59
CMB — Kemp 19, Galloway 13, Moorman 11, Samson 10, Balke 9, Nissen 8, Gunderson 2.
Ankeny Christian — Waddle 24, Fisher 15, Tonemah 14, Crown 6, Strong 1.