FRONTENAC — An up-and-down night for the Frontenac High School basketball teams saw the Raiders take one of two at home against Baxter Springs with the boys winning 65-56 and the girls losing 56-52.
FHS BOYS FINISH STRONG
A double-digit lead for the Frontenac boys’ team in the third quarter narrowed to two points late in the fourth, but the Raiders came pulled away in the final minutes to earn the win.
“We were really able to take it slow and calm down at the end,” Varsolona said. “We were able to get to the free throw line, and hitting those down the stretch was big.”
Following a back-and-forth first quarter, the Raiders pulled away with a 13-2 run — which included 10 consecutive points by Daniel Watts — to take a 25-18 advantage.
The Lions responded with four points of their own to narrow the gap to three one minute later, but took a 40-26 deficit into the half after being out scored 15-4 in the final three minutes of the second quarter.
The Lions were kept at bay in the third quarter, before scoring nine unanswered points make it a two-point game with five minutes remaining in regulation.
The Raiders held on to win with a 12-3 run, led by four points from Broc Ginavan.
Watts had the hot hand for the Raiders in the win, scoring a team-high 18 points.
Wilbert and Ginavan came in close behind with 14 and 11 points respectively.
LIONS RALLY TO BEAT LADY RAIDERS
An offensive surge in the third quarter lifted the Baxter Springs to a 56-52 win over the Lady Raiders.
After trailing by double-digits at the end of the second quarter, the Lions rallied to the take the lead by out scoring Frontenac 17-5 in the third quarter and went on to claim the win in the fourth.
“We took our press off in the second half and I feel like we started playing slow offensively,” FHS head coach Martha Harper said. “Defensively, we really got into a rut instead of trying to pressure, and that’s on me. We tried to do things in the halfcourt and it didn’t work. We just have to put four full quarters together.”
Both teams were matching each other stride for stride for stride in early going, but the Raiders mounted a 33-23 lead at the end of the first half on the strength of a 12-1 run which was highlighted by four points from Reagan Hipfl and Skylar Baker.
The Lions took control of the contest in the second half, as they out scored FHS 17-2 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 40-38 and went on to take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Peterson led the way on offense for the Raiders with 12 points in the loss.
Madison Davis also finished in double digits with 10 points.
The Raiders will hit the road to take on Colgan at 6 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.