FRONTENAC — It has been a rough ride for the Frontenac High School girls’ basketball team in the early going of the season, but the Lady Raiders got back on track with a 79-17 win over KC Harmon at home on Thursday.

The Raiders had full control of the contest from the opening tip, outscoring the Hawks 31-4 in the first quarter, en route to mounting a 52-7 lead at halftime.

“We’ve had a tough schedule so far,” FHS head coach Martha Harper said. “We lost pretty bad against Carl Junction, so our key tonight was to work on staying disciplined. We could drive the ball every time, but we wanted to work on our plays, screen well, box out for rebounds and just work on doing the little things right.”

With the running clock in effect during the second half, Frontenac put up 14 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth, coasting to the finish line.

“The underclassmen are very confident players,” Harper said. “It’s really comforting to know that we have confident players coming off the bench. It’s really nice to see them step into those roles when their number is called and be able to continue the flow of the game.”

In addition to getting everybody playing time at the varsity level, Harper said the big win gave the team a much-needed confidence boost.

“We started the season with three, really tough games,” she said. “To be able to just play well and work on some things was big for us. This is definitely a good win.”

Several players broke into the scoring column in the blowout win, but Skylar Baker and Madi Davis led the way with 13 and 12 points respectively.

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The Lady Raiders will host Coffeyville on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

 — Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.