Just like last Friday’s win over Neodesha, the Frontenac Lady Raiders used a second quarter surge to build up a double-digit lead and not look back, en route to a 53-42 victory over the Columbus Titans.
“Tonight was definitely a roller coaster ride, we could just never put them away,” said head coach Jeremy Rakes. “They were pretty scrappy but we just kept going and going.”
The Lady Raiders trailed early 9-7 as the Titans found a way to break through their full court press. The Titans went on a 6-0 run in the first quarter.
It did not last; however, as Warrick scored a free throw to make it a one-point deficit. The Titans led at the end of the first 12-10.
Ryleigh McCartney scored an inside shot to tie the game up in the second quarter and before long, a 3-pointer by Libby Wilson created an eight point lead. The Lady Raiders soon found themselves up by 10. Another outside shot by Wilson made the score 32-12 at the end of the first half. The Lady Raiders only allowed two points by the Titans in the second quarter to build an 18-point halftime lead. They went on a 19-2 run to end the half.
“That was the difference in the game, that second quarter run,” Rakes said. “We went into the locker room at halftime and told the girls that that could be the difference in the ball game. We just needed that spark to get us going because we were just flat, everything was flat for us but we finally got to that point where we made some 3’s and got some steals and it was huge.”
The Titans did manage to get off on the right foot in the second half, going on a 6-0 run. But the damage had already been done. The Lady Raiders extended their lead to 41-25 at the end of the third quarter.
Ryleigh McCartney and Haley Wilson were both the leading scorers for the Lady Raiders with 12 points. Wilson scored two 3-pointers and Natalie Coomes scored two 3-pointers and two free throws to finish with eight points.
“Natalie Coomes had a good game, coming off the bench both offensively and defensively, she was very balanced tonight and she did an exceptional job,” Rakes said. “Ryleigh had a good game. Maybe not so much scoring-wise but she was able to step up and run the show on offense. It was a total team effort.”
Lauren Anderson was the leading scorer for Columbus with 10 points. Katrina Froebe was the second-leading scorer with eight.
The fourth quarter would also be pretty scrappy for the Lady Raiders as the Titans held Frontenac to only seven points. However, it would not affect the final outcome.
Page 2 of 2 - The Lady Raiders had some of their starters out for this game with Sam Bonner and Amanda Cicero both out battling illness this week.
“I was telling the girls before the game that this would be our fourth game in our fourth different starting line up,” Rakes said. “And it all came down to the help. Hopefully we can get all of this sickness out.”
The Lady Raiders’ record improved to 3-1 for the season while the Titans fell to 2-2. Frontenac’s next game will be on Friday against Jayhawk-Linn in Mound City.
Columbus boys 68, Frontenac 55
Aaron Bigando had a career night with 27 points along with four 3-pointers to help the Columbus Titans blow right by the Frontenac Raiders 68-55.
The game was close in the first quarter with the Titans jumping out to a five point lead before a 3-pointer by Avery Coronado brought the Raiders to within two. But Bigando was about to change all that as he made an outside shot to build a 13-5 lead. He would score 10 points in the first quarter while the Titans took a 15-5 lead heading into the second.
A 3-pointer by Jordan Morgan put the Titans ahead by 10 at the halftime buzzer and the Titans did not let up in the second half as they went on a 4-0 run to start off the half and eventually build up a 40-25 lead.
The Raiders tried to get within catching distance of the Titans but Columbus seemed to have an answer for everything.
It was raining 3-pointers to start out the fourth quarter for both teams with A.J. Wary making one for Columbus followed by Frontenac’s Ross Edge responding with his own outsider. Barto and Columbus’ Nate Bole both made the next 3-pointers, respectively.
Matt Standlee would get fouled out for the Raiders with 4:08 remaining. Barto would also get fouled out before the end of the game.
Barto was the leading scorer with 12 points for the Raiders while Nick Zafuta had eight and Coronado five.
Jordan Morgan had 13 points for the Titans and Nate Bole added 12.
Columbus now sits at 3-1 for the season while the Raiders are now 1-3 and will try to rebound on Friday in Mound City.