ARMA — The Frontenac High School girls’ basketball team split a pair of games in the final day of the summer league hosted at Northeast, bouncing back from a 37-35 loss against Columbus to win 27-22 over Erie on Tuesday.
A late lead slipped away from Frontenac in the final minute against Columbus, but the Raiders didn’t let it happen again in the win over Erie.
TITANS OVERCOME RAIDERS
The Raiders took their largest lead of the game at 23-14 in the opening minute of the second half, but the Titans scored 12 consecutive points en route to completing the comeback victory 37-35.
“I felt like we played really passive,” FHS head coach Martha Harper said. “We weren’t really aggressive on the boards and we let them get a lot of offensive rebounds. That was something I wanted us to learn from and do better in the next game.”
Columbus jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the early going, but the Raiders took control of the contest by outscoring the Titans 19-6 to close out the first half with a 19-12 lead.
The 19-6 run began with five consecutive points by Lauren Harper and included a pair of 3-pointers from Skylar Baker.
Bria Ginavan gave the Raiders an eight-point lead with a free throw to open up the second half, before Taylor Peterson knocked down a corner 3-pointer to put the Raiders up 23-14 at the 18-minute mark.
The Titans responded with 12 unanswered points to take a 26-23 lead, but Ginavan ended the Raiders’ scoring drought with a layup to narrow the gap to one with six minutes remaining in regulation.
Columbus increased its lead to 35-30, but a 3-pointer by Baker with just under three minutes remaining put the Raiders within two.
The Titans held on for the win, scoring two points with 15 seconds remaining and forcing a missed shot by Frontenac on defense.
RAIDERS ROUGH UP RED DEVILS
Erie was threatening to steal game two from Frontenac in similar fashion, but the Raiders held off a late comeback by the Red Devils to win 27-22.
“We like to play fast games and we like to play hard,” Martha Harper said. “So playing against a team with a soft zone is not very beneficial for us. We have to learn to play against that, but when they play man defense, we really like to set screens and play tough. We want them on us tight so we can do our thing, but our team just plays better when they play tighter defense.”
The Red Devils drew first blood, but Madi Davis put the Raiders on the board with a layup, which sparked an 11-6 run to give Frontenac a 11-9 lead in the early going.
Frontenac scored eight points in the opening minutes of the second half — with four points coming from Davis — to extend the lead to 19-12.
Erie came back to tie the score at 22-all with a minute left in regulation on the strength of a 10-3 run, but clutch 3-pointer by Peterson at the 30-second mark swung the momentum in Frontenac’s favor.
Peterson and Lauren Harper each knocked down a free throw after intentional fouls by Erie to seal the victory.
— Jordan Buckamneer is sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.