BAXTER — A poor shooting night plagued Baxter’s boys’ basketball team against Meskwaki Settlement School on Tuesday night.
The Bolts connected on just 13-of-42 from the floor and were 2-of-17 from deep during a 40-34 loss to the Warriors at home in Iowa Star Conference play.
Baxter outscored the Warriors 24-17 in the second half, but a 14-5 deficit in the second quarter was too much to overcome.
“We played some really good defense again, but couldn’t find the bottom of the basket,” Baxter coach Zach Hasselbrink said.
Senior Will Clapper was plagued by fouls in the first half.
He finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in the loss. He now has 978 points in his career.
Clapper was 6-of-7 from the floor against Meskwaki.
“Will had three fouls early in second quarter, and that hurt us,” Hasselbrink said.
The loss drops Baxter to 1-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Meskwaki improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Tate Bear led the Warriors with a game-high 15 points. Emmett Roberts and Terrance Grant both had eight points in the win.
Junior Cole Damman had 10 points for Baxter. Junior Carter Nelsen finished with a team-high eight rebounds, and senior Brendyn Padget collected six boards.
Baxter hosts Madrid for a girl-boy non-conference doubleheader on Thursday in Baxter.
The Bolts stay at home and return to conference play against Collins-Maxwell on Friday night.
The girls game starts at 6 p.m. in both games and the boys are expected to tip off around 7:30 p.m.
School 48, Baxter 39
In search of its first win, the Baxter girls were unable to hold a six-point halftime lead against the Warriors on Tuesday night.
Baxter led 22-16 at halftime but was outscored 32-17 in the second half during a 48-39 loss in Iowa Star Conference play.
Baxter led 16-6 after one quarter but was held to single digit points in each of the final three quarters.
The game was tied at 31-all after three quarters, but the Warriors pulled away in the fourth with a 17-8 advantage.
Sophomore McKenzie Eslinger led the Bolts (0-4 overall, 0-2 in conference play) with 10 points and four rebounds.
Junior Holly Jessen and senior Kaylin Van Ryswyk both scored seven points and Van Ryswyk grabbed a team-best six rebounds.
Sophomore Sophie Meyer scored six points, sophomore Merrin Ziesman had four rebounds and senior Sydney Schmidt had three boards.
Junior Caitlyn Bruntz finished with two assists and two steals, sophomore Cassy Berg and Van Ryswyk each tallied two assists and senior Brenna Thomson collected two steals.
The win improved Meskwaki to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.