BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Commerce held on in the fourth quarter to claim a 39-35 girls’ basketball victory over Baxter Springs here Tuesday night.
Baxter Springs gained a split by posting a 55-49 decision in the boys’ game.
Everything else in the area on Tuesday — Grove-Miami, Bluejacket-Fairland, Wyandotte-Welch and Quapaw-Afton in basketball as well as Miami’s wrestling tri at Bentonville, Ark. — were postponed by the weather.
Conditions permitting, CHS continues a swing through the CNC Conference tonight by traveling to Cherokee, Kan., to face Southeast High.
The Lady Tigers saw a 12-5 lead in the first quarter melt down to a 19-17 advantage by intermission.
CHS held a 10-3 edge in the third frame then held on as the Lady Lions created the final margin with a 15-10 burst.
Mandy Watson had 13 points to head up a balanced Commerce scoring attack. Jacey Knight, Taylor Stevenson and Courtney Watson added eight points apiece.
Alexis Haase and Lanina Spence scored nine and eight, respectively, for Baxter Springs.
In the boys’ game, the Lions erupted for 28 points in the fourth quarter to rally from a 19-point deficit.
“It was opposite quarters, the third and the fourth,” Commerce coach Tom Fenderson said. “We played well and the ball bounced our way. But in the fourth quarter, they got after us. I didn’t look at the stats, but they might not have missed a shot in the fourth quarter.”
Baxter was up 13-9 after the first quarter but Commerce tied the game at 21-21 at the half.
The Tigers held a 20-6 edge in the third period.
Weston Taconis had 23 points and Ty Rowe added 13 for the hosts.
Luis Arizpe paced Commerce with 15 points. Kasey Ng chipped in with 12.