WASHINGTON, Kan. – The Axtell boys basketball team nearly coughed up a big lead Friday night before holding off Washington County’s fourth quarter rally to win 70-61.
Axtell got out to a fast start behind a string of early three pointers by Quinn Buessing to open a double digit lead in the first half and looked like they were going to cruise to victory.
The margin ballooned to as much as 23 points in the fourth quarter before Washington County mounted a frantic comeback. They cut the deficit to as little as five points, but some timely free throws helped Axtell hang on.
Buessing led the charge for Axtell with 28 points while Hunter Koch added 15 and Jonah Porting pulled down 17 rebounds. Tyler Nelson paced Washington County with 22 points and 10 boards while Carson Talkington scored 15.
In the girls game, Washington County used a third quarter surge to come out on top 47-38.
The Tigers trailed by two at halftime, but a pair of Tess Cecrle three pointers and one by Holly Delay allowed them to open a lead that they wouldn’t give back. Axtell, meanwhile, went cold in the period after shooting well early and couldn’t overcome the deficit.
Cecrle scored 14 points to lead three Washington County players in double figures while Delay had 13 and Lauren Wyatt 11. Maryna Buessing led Axtell with 14.
Axtell returns home to face Pawnee City on Tuesday. Washington County will be on the road Tuesday at Blue Valley.