BAXTER — Baxter’s girls’ basketball team has won seven straight games and is undefeated in December.
The seventh game in the streak proved to the be toughest challenge yet for the Bolts as they broke open a tight contest with a huge fourth quarter during a 47-36 home win over Waterloo Christian on Friday night.
Baxter is 7-0 since losing the season opener to BCLUW on Nov. 24. The Regents gave the Bolts a run for their money though as Baxter led by just three after three quarters. A 16-8 fourth quarter allowed the Bolts to pull away.
Junior Elie Tuhn scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half. And eight came in the final four minutes of the game when the Bolts were trying to put the Regents away.
With the Bolts clinging to a 39-35 lead, Tuhn buried back-to-back triples and then made a pair of free throws with 21.2 seconds to play to finish off the victory.
Baxter (7-1) led 12-9 after one quarter. Five different players scored a basket in the first for the Bolts. Senior Sophie Meyer drilled a 3-pointer to close out the period.
Both teams scored 10 points in the second and nine in the third.
Senior Merrin Ziesman scored all six of her points in the second quarter, and the final bucket put the Bolts in front by four. They led by three at halftime.
Waterloo Christian (4-3) kept the game close in the third. Tuhn started the frame with a trey and junior Lilie Vansice scored twice inside and buried a jumper to keep Baxter in front.
Nine of Vansice’s 11 points came in the second half. She also had five rebounds.
Vansice drained a triple to start the fourth. Tuhn scored 10 points in the period and Meyer added a 3 as the Bolts ended the game on an 11-2 run.
It was 36-34 with 4:41 to play, but Waterloo Christian scored just two points the rest of the way.
Tuhn added six steals and three assists to her 16 points. Meyer chipped in six points, three rebounds and three assists, senior McKenzie Eslinger had three points and six rebounds and senior Maddie Pierce added three points and four boards.
The Bolts won the game despite hitting just 38 percent from the floor. They made seven treys and turned it over 17 times. Waterloo Christian had 23 turnovers.