FRONTENAC — Strong work on the offensive glass propelled Frontenac girls basketball to a 47-32 win over Prairie View Monday.
Led by Kaylee Harper’s game-high 10 boards, the Raiders (5-13, 1-4 CNC) finished with three girls grabbing five or more rebounds in a game where FHS built a lead with a strong finish to the first half before pulling away down the stretch.
“A win is great for us,” Frontenac head coach Martha Harper said. “It was our fifth, so we’ve got five fingers now. Our record doesn’t show what kind of team we are, so it was really important for us to pull that ‘W’ out, especially going into the last two games of the CNC.”
Harper finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points to go along with her 10 rebounds.
Madison Davis led the Raiders in scoring with 15, adding an additional five rebounds in the win. She had three assists and a steal in the win.
“I felt like Madi just went after the ball tonight. She wanted it on offense and defense,” Coach Harper said. “She played well inside for us tonight, and I think she liked it.”
Macy Kotzman was second in rebounds, finishing with six, while contributing six points on the offensive end.
Prairie View’s Kenna Walker led all scorers with 16 points, knocking down five 3-points in the loss.
Madison Kemper added seven points for the Buffaloes.
In a first half which saw one tie and seven lead changes, it was the Raider girls who had the lead by the midway break.
FHS jumped out to an early 5-0 lead before back-to-back 3-pointers by Walker and Ally Kirkpatrick gave the Buffaloes a 6-5 advantage.
Frontenac closed out the first quarter with three free throws inside the final two minutes to take a 12-9 lead into the second period.
The Buffaloes took the lead early in the second quarter, 13-12, on consecutive scores from Ally Kirkpatrick.
Davis had a solo 5-0 run of her own, scoring inside off the Bira Ginavan assist and knocking down a triple in the corner, with 3:38 left in the first half to put Frontenac on top 19-14.
A drive through the right side of the lane by Grace Aust and an inside bucket from Kemper cut the Buffaloes deficit to one, 19-18, with 2:35 left to play.
The Raiders finished the first half with a three-point play from Kotzman and a Davis drive for a score to take a 24-18 lead into the intermission.
“Momentum is important, especially with us,” Coach Harper said. “They were excited coming into the locker room, and I think that great feeling transferred out into the third quarter.”
Frontenac pushed the lead to double digits for the first time early in the second half after Kaylee Harper grabbed a couple of offensive rebounds for putbacks to make the score 28-18 with 6:25 on the clock.
“Our third quarter is the quarter we have really been focusing on — wanting to come out strong after halftime,” Coach Harper said. “Earlier in the year, I feel like we had been letting teams score too much in the third, but I felt the girls are doing a much better job.”
A three-point play from Davis put FHS up 31-20, but the Buffaloes trimmed the margin to six, 31-25, following a low-post score from Kemper and a triple by Walker with 3:45 left in the third.
The Raiders pushed the lead to nine, 36-27, by the end of the quarter after Kaylee Harper drove left for a basket with 19 ticks on the clock.
Frontenac opened the final eight minutes with a 3-pointer from Alivia Bridwell to push the lead to 12, 39-27.
The Buffaloes got a 3-pointer and a from Walker in separate possessions to cut the lead to eight.
Frontenac pulled away down the stretch, as Davis grabbed an offensive rebound for a putback score and knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Raiders on top 44-32 with 1:43 to play.
Harper cushioned the lead with a score in transition put FHS’ margin at 14, sealing the win.
Frontenac hosts Columbus, with the tip scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.
-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.