BAXTER — Baxter’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t hold a 13-point halftime lead on Jan. 4 during a home game with Clarksville.
The Bolts jumped out to a 13-5 lead after one quarter and led 25-12 at the break, but the Indians rallied with a big second half during a 48-41 road win.
Baxter was outscored 15-2 in the third quarter and 21-14 in the fourth during the Iowa Star Conference cross-division contest.
“I know for certain we didn’t make shots,” Baxter coach Zach Hasselbrink said. “It’s one thing to be frustrated about not scoring, but it’s the way we weren’t scoring. We had open looks. We missed layups and we missed open 3-pointers.”
The Bolts came into the game shooting only 39 percent from the floor and 22 percent from 3-point range.
Unfortunately for Baxter, the shots again just weren’t falling against Clarksville.
The Bolts (3-6) made 15-of-52 from the field and were only 6-of-29 from 3-point range. They also connected on 5-of-12 from the free-throw line.
“We have to find a way to make more shots,” Hasselbrink said.
Nelsen scored all 11 of his points in the first half for Baxter, but Ethan Schmidt rallied Clarksville in the second half with 21 of his game-high 25 points.
Schmidt’s back-to-back three-point plays in the fourth quarter put the Indians up 37-27 with 3:12 to play in the game.
Damman, who scored a team-high 16 points for the Bolts, countered with a basket and 3-pointer to close the gap to five, but Schmidt hit four straight free throws and the Indians (5-6) made 11 free throws in the final 1:27 to close out their fifth win.
Baxter controlled the first half. Nelsen scored the team’s first four points and then Damman buried back-to-back treys to put the Bolts up 10-3. A triple by Nelsen put the Bolts up 13-5 after one.
Clarksville got within 19-12, but Baxter scored the final six points of the half to make it 25-12 at the break.
“I thought the first half was about as good as it could have been,” Hasselbrink said. “It just felt like there was a lid on the hoop in the third and that was enough of a swing for them to get back in the game.”
Senior Will Clapper, the Bolts’ leading scorer at 18 points per game, took just one shot in the first quarter and had only four points at halftime.
He was held to six points in the game but finished with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the loss.
Clapper attempted only seven shots.
Nelsen grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for Baxter, while Damman tallied three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Grand View Christian 66, Baxter 45
ANKENY — Senior Will Clapper had 21 points and eight rebounds and junior Carter Nelsen added 12 points and six boards, but the Bolts lost to top-ranked Grand View Christian 66-45 in the boys’ game on Jan. 3
The two-time defending Class 1A state champions led by five after one quarter but outscored the Bolts 21-13 in the second and 14-9 in the third quarters to pull away.
Damman chipped in five points, five rebounds and six assists, and senior Tyler Titus had five points and five boards.