SULLY — Baxter’s Bolts had the hot hand in Friday’s non-conference game against Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks. The two teams staged a great Jasper County showdown.
The teams were deadlocked 40-40 at halftime and they were tied a 52-all with less than four minutes to go in the game at Sully. Baxter nailed down a big road win, 61-52, by holding the Hawks scoreless the rest of the way and the Bolts pouring in 11 points.
Baxter set the nets on fire, shooting 50 percent overall, 23-of-46. They netted 11-of-22 3-pointers and were 12-of-24 from 2-point range. They sank 4-of-9 from the free-throw line.
“I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. Unfortunately we ran into a Baxter team that really shot it,” Lynnville-Sully head coach Nick Harthoorn said. “We have to find a way to be more consistent from half to half.”
Will Clapper had a double-double for the Bolts with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Carter Nelson dropped in 13 points and Kael Johnston had 12 points. Johnston had two steals and Cole Damman dished out three assists.
Lynnville-Sully shot 34 percent, 19-of-56, from the field, hitting 10-of-29 3-point attempts. The Hawks were 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. Baxter had a 30-25 rebounding edge.
Lynnville-Sully’s Rylan James produced a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tyson Vander Linden fired in 10 points and had eight assists. Bray Noun Harder had 10 points and Blaize Kuhlmann made three steals.
Lynnville-Sully hosts BGM at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in South Iowa Cedar League finale at Sully.
Lynnville-Sully (14-5) and Baxter enter Class 1A District 9 play on Thursday. Baxter (10-9) takes on Sigourney at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Montezuma. The Hawks hosts a district quarterfinal doubleheader, playing Collins-Maxwell at 8 p.m. in Sully.