CONRAD — Senior Sailor Hinegardner got her season off to a strong start, but the Baxter girls’ basketball team lost its season opener to BCLUW on Nov. 17.
Hinegardner scored 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and had four steals, but the host Comets outscored Baxter by eight in the fourth quarter and won 54-44.
BCLUW led by six points after one quarter, but the Bolts (0-1) cut the halftime lead to only one with a 13-8 advantage in the second.
The Comets (1-0) extended their lead to two after three quarters and then scored the first 12 points of the fourth to pull away.
Baxter was outscored 19-11 in the fourth. The Bolts made 17-of-56 from the floor and missed half of their free throws (10-of-20). The visitors out-rebounded BCLUW 29-20 but turned it over 34 times.
Senior Kaylin Van Ryswyk scored seven points to compliment Hinegardner and sophomore Sadie Meyer scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior Jordynn Wesselink chipped in five points.
Freshman McKenzie Eslinger and sophomore Holly Jessen each grabbed five boards and Jessen collected four steals. Sophomore Caitlyn Bruntz also had three steals.