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  • Raiders outlast Baxter Springs

  • The Frontenac Raiders survived a test in a 54-53 victory over the Baxter Springs Lions to tip-off the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational on Thursday.



    Playing in a sloppy game, with plenty of questionable calls by the refs, the Lions gave the Raiders a run for their money.

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  • The Frontenac Raiders survived a test in a 54-53 victory over the Baxter Springs Lions to tip-off the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational on Thursday.
    Playing in a sloppy game, with plenty of questionable calls by the refs, the Lions gave the Raiders a run for their money.
    “It was a very intense game,” said Frontenac head coach Jeremy Rakes. “The fans were definitely treated to a good ball game, it was a little sloppy at times but at least we were able to walk away with a win.”
    Caitlin Roberts sank a three-pointer to make it 5-3 early in the game before the first quarter ended with a 10-9 lead for Baxter Springs.
    A free throw by Frontenac’s Jennifer Long tied the game at 18 before Nina Spence answered with an outside shot.
    With 1.4 seconds left before halftime, Ryleigh McCartney was sent to the line where she made both free throws to close the halftime deficit to four points for the Raiders.
    McCartney would finish the game with 17 points, eight of those coming from the line.
    The Raiders used a third quarter surge to take the lead.
    Bailey Flora came off the bench, sinking in her first field goal of the game to start her 6-0  run. Soon, Frontenac found themselves in front 33-28. A 3-pointer by McCartney made it 36-28.
    “It was a huge third quarter that we had, coming out and scoring 23 points after only scoring 22 in that first half,” Rakes said. “We took advantage of some opportunities and turned them into points.”
    Flora would finish with 14 points.
    “She (Flora) was in foul trouble and that really hurt us but it was huge for her to come out and perform that way in the third quarter,” Rakes said. “She had a good night.”
    There were seven team fouls called on Baxter Springs within the first five minutes of the second half.
    The Raiders turned those fouls into points to outscore the Lions 23-11 in the third quarter.
    However, the Raiders missed plenty of put back shots, which helped Baxter Springs come back to only trailing by four with 6:01 left in the game.
    An inside shot by Kelsey Karnes cut the lead to 53-50. Long was sent to the line where she made what would be the game-icing shot with less than ten seconds left. The Lions scored a three-pointer as time expired but it would be to no avail.
    The Raiders will next take on Fort Scott at 5 p.m. tonight.
    “We got to get better at our defensive rotation,” Rakes said. “We’ve got to take care of the ball, obviously. We’ve got to start knocking down some free throws and you know, just really doing the fundamentals and getting things done.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Baxter Springs will face Kansas City’s Hogan Prep.
    Nevada boys 62, Frontenac 57
    The Frontenac Raiders were denied a comeback attempt in their opening round of the Kansas National Guard Invitational, falling 62-57 against the Nevada Tigers. The Tigers were led by Silas Smith’s 23 points, while teammate Jamin Brandt had 22.
    It was a close game throughout the first half as the Tigers took a 6-4 lead early before Blake Barto tied the game by using the backboard. The Tigers went on an 8-0 run to build a 14-6 lead with 1:42 left to play in the first quarter. A three-pointer by Avery Coronado reduced the deficit to three before the start of the second quarter.
    The Raiders used a 10-0 run to take a 23-18 halftime lead, thanks to three-point plays by Dylan Clark and Standlee.
    Trailing 26-20, the Tigers cut the deficit after a 3-pointer by Smith. Suddenly, the game started flip flopping back and forth between the two sides. The third quarter ended with the Tigers in front by three and would not trail the rest of the night.
    Smith hit an outside shot to make it 41-37 before Ross Edge scored his first basket of the night off a 3-pointer to narrow the deficit to one before Smith shot another outside shot to respond.
    Barto scored two 3-pointers to make it 52-48 with 1:51 remaining. The Tigers would take advantage of free-throws to stay ahead as Smith scored ten from the line while Brandt had five. A travel called on Edge gave possession right back to the Tigers with less than a minute remaining.
    Keith made two free throws to keep the Raiders behind by two with 48 seconds left. Down 55-52, Barto attempted a shot from 25 feet but missed.     The Tigers rebounded with Smith being fouled. He would make both free throws to put the game out of reach for good.
    The Raiders (4-4) will next take on the Baxter Springs Lions tonight with a 6:45 tip-off time in the consolation side of the bracket, while the Tigers will have the privilege of taking on Frederick Douglass High School, the three-time defending Class 4A state champions from Oklahoma City.
    Frederick Douglass boys 122, Baxter Springs 30
    For a brief time, it looked as if the Baxter Springs Lions would pull off a huge upset over Oklahoma City’s Frederick Douglass Trojans.
    Then the game started and things quickly turned sour.
    Three-time defending Oklahoma state champions in Class 4A, the Trojans rolled all over the winless Lions, winning 122-30.
    Playing in front of a big crowd that stayed after the Frontenac games, the Trojans dazzled the spectators with numerous slam dunks and 3-pointers from all over the place. The Trojans controlled every aspect of the game.
    Page 3 of 3 - Baxter Springs’s Dallas Hutchinson put the Lions on the board with an outside shot that made it 11-3. He finished the game with six points. His teammate, Nick Abernathy, also finished with six points.
    It was 19-3 with 4:28 left in the first quarter and by 5:58 in the second quarter, it was 55-6.
    The Trojans were powered by guard Stephen Clark, who at 5-foot-11 has already signed a letter of intent to play at Oklahoma State University.
    Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford was in attendance.
    Clark finished the night with 40 points, while DeAngelo Smith had 22.
    At one point in the second half, the scoreboard incorrectly read: 182-27 but that might as well have been the score with the way the Trojans were dominating.

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