BAXTER — A big third quarter got the Baxter boys’ basketball team back into the game against Class 1A No. 8 Don Bosco on Thursday night.
The Bolts trailed by seven at halftime, but a 3-pointer by sophomore Cole Damman at the third-quarter buzzer trimmed the deficit to one with eight minutes to play.
The Dons remained undefeated after outscoring the Bolts by eight in the fourth during a 59-50 road victory in Iowa Star Conference play.
Baxter got 22 points and 11 rebounds from junior Will Clapper, but the Bolts dropped to 4-3 on the season. Baxter is 4-2 in conference play.
Senior Braydon Aker chipped in 13 points and tallied six rebounds and Damman finished with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
The Bolts shot 41 percent from the floor but were only 3-of-17 from 3-point range and 3-of-6 from the free-throw line. Don Bosco was 3-of-19 from long range but had a seven-point advantage at the line.
The Dons improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Zach Nie led the way with 20 points, Sean McFadden added 18 and Clayton Weber pitched in 12.
Don Bosco 48,
A slow start doomed the Baxter girls on Thursday night during an Iowa Star Conference cross-divisional game with the Dons.
Don Bosco (4-6, 4-3) led 29-10 at halftime before clinching a 48-32 road win.
The Bolts, who have lost three straight games, were led by junior Kaylin Van Ryswyk. She scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Sophomore Holly Jessen tallied seven points and four steals. No other Baxter player had more than four points.
Senior Sailor Hinegardner returned to the lineup for the Bolts and finished with four steals and three assists. Junior Sydney Schmidt grabbed six boards.
Baxter (1-8, 1-5) had another tough shooting night, making 11-of-58 from the floor.