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  • Frederick Douglass' showtime in Frontenac

  •  You’d have thought Elvis Presley (circa 1956) came to town. Or the Beatles (circa 1964). Or Barack Obama. No, perhaps not Obama, since the President did not win the Crawford County vote in 2012 like he did four years before in 2008.

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  • You’d have thought Elvis Presley (circa 1956) came to town. Or the Beatles (circa 1964). Or Barack Obama. No, perhaps not Obama, since the President did not win the Crawford County vote in 2012 like he did four years before in 2008.
    No, it was the Frederick Douglass Trojan boys out of Oklahoma City, much-anticipated guests and Kansas National Guard Invitational headliners who opened play Thursday night with a 122-30 win over Baxter Springs, wowing the crowd with slam dunks and 3-point shots galore.
    (In fact, the most important inaugural right now in Frontenac is the inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational.)
    Could the second performance Friday night be as good as the opening act?
    Yes, it was as Douglass point guard and Oklahoma State signee Stevie Clark poured in 42 points on 11 3-point shots (some from 25 feet out), leading Douglass to a 81-54 win over Nevada (Mo.) in the semifinals of the Kansas National Guard Invitational.
    Clark scored 11 of his points in the first quarter, helping Douglass to a 24-7 lead which was sparked by a pair of 7-0 lightning fast offensive spurts.
    However, after that first quarter, Nevada held its own with Douglass, including a 14-12 Douglass score in the second quarter and a 22-19 Douglass score in the fourth. The improved play for Nevada may have been epitomized by Nathan Colopy’s blocked shot on Trevon Threatt.
    Nevada came out in the second half with the first eight points and narrowed the Douglass lead to 38-27, including consecutive 3-point shots by Colopy and Silas Smith.
    Of course, that’s when Clark answered right back with nine consecutive points, three straight 3-point shots, and Glenn Banks culminated a 11-0 run with his last basket of the game for a 49-27 lead.
    Clark scored 15 in the third quarter and Smith nearly matched him with 13, as the two players gave the standing room only crowd a spectacle.
    Deondre Clark and Threatt also scored in double figures for the Trojans, Clark 12 points and Threatt 10.
    Smith led Nevada with 23 points and Jamin Brandt added 16. Smith also had 23 points Thursday night against Frontenac.
    Douglass signed autographs for fans after the game.
    The Trojans will play Winfield (coached by Girard native Troy Lallemand) 6:15 p.m. tonight for the championship.
    Fort Scott girls 56, Frontenac 45
    Both teams were picked No. 1 before the season by their respective leagues’ coaches, Fort Scott by the Southeast Kansas League and Frontenac by the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League.
    In the first half Friday, it looked like Fort Scott was No. 1, taking a 31-17 halftime lead on the strength of a 18-2 run during late first quarter and early second quarter.
    The Tigers worked their inside game early on with baskets from Brianne Lawrence and Sidney Maycumber, then came the outside shooting barrage from freshman gunner Ashley Cook, who parlayed four 3-pointers into 14 points at the half.
    Page 2 of 4 - Frontenac had to struggle for virtually every first half point, receiving five apiece from the trio of Haley Wilson, Libby Warrick and Bailey Flora.
    Fort Scott extended its lead to 43-26 after three quarters, as Cook hit another 3-point shot for her final points of the game and Katren Rienbolt started her solid second half with seven third quarter points. The third quarter was even until Rienbolt hit a 3 late in the stanza.
    Of course, Frontenac made its charge in the fourth, cranking up the defensive and offensive pressure to 11 and extending the game. The Raiders could only get it as close as 50-40 with 2:14 remaining and missed seven fourth quarter foul shots.
    Flora led the Raiders with a game-high 18 points and Ryleigh McCartney added five but the other three Raider starters — seniors Jennifer Long, Amanda Cicero and Lindsey Gorham — went scoreless.
    “It was very frustrating,” Frontenac head coach Jeremy Rakes said. “Obviously, Ryleigh got into early foul trouble and we just couldn’t ever get her into the flow of the game tonight. It was frustrating, she’s one of our leading players offensively and defensively. Obviously, you look at the line score and not see any numbers down there by three of your starters, we’ve definitely got some things to work on. Fort Scott was a very physical, very aggressive team and it was great competition for us.”
    In their stead, Wilson, Warrick and Andi Palumbo picked up the offensive slack — Wilson eight, Warrick eight and Palumbo six points.
    “I thought the bench did a nice job of coming in and playing some quality minutes,” Rakes said. “And giving us a boost. That was great to see.”
    Cook led Fort Scott with 17 points and Rienbolt added 14, all in the second half. Maycumber finished with nine.
    Frontenac (8-2) closes out the Kansas National Guard Invitational today with a game against Hogan Prep and Fort Scott plays Baxter Springs.
    “Our schedule this year will all make us better,” Rakes said. “We want to see those teams to make our team better in every aspect. Halfway through the season you get to play a team like this and it’s just a great thing for us to see where we’re at.”
    Frontenac boys 66, Baxter Springs 31
    The Raiders proved not as unkind to the Lions on Friday as the Trojans of Douglass were on Thursday night but Frontenac parlayed a 22-4 first quarter lead into a 35-point win.
    Frontenac junior guard Caleb Spangler hit a pair of early 3s and the Raiders went on a 17-0 run to close out the first quarter and start the second. The Raiders built their lead to 29-5 on back-to-back transition layups by senior guard Ross Edge.
    Page 3 of 4 - Frontenac had 10 players reach the scoring column, 45 bench points and one player in double figures. Dylan Clark led Frontenac with 10 points, Matt Standlee had nine, Spangler and Brett Macary eight, Edge seven and Devon Keith six.
    Derek Barnes paced Baxter Springs with eight.
    Frontenac improves to 6-4 on the season.
    Girard girls 61, Fredonia 37
    FREDONIA — The Trojans outscored Fredonia 37-18 after halftime en route to a 24-point victory in the third place game of the Wilson County Classic.
    “We had a slow start,” Girard head coach Brad Herlocker said. “Just a five-point lead at half. We gave a lot of offensive rebounds in first half. We turned up the defensive pressure in third quarter, boxed out better and pulled away. Hadyn (Herlocker) had 10 that quarter. If we bring the defensive intensity we had in third quarter we will be very successful going forward. Our posts also brought an offensive presence tonight that is much needed.”
    Hadyn Herlocker led all scorers with 21 points but crucial for the Girard cause was 10 points from Ashley Johnson and seven from MaCahla Leslie, Girard’s two main interior players. Hope McLeod added five and Hannah Jones and Morgan Herlocker each had four apiece.
    Shelby Baker led Fredonia with 10.
    The Girard boys lost 67-56 to Independence in the championship game of the Wilson County Classic, a game highlighted by the Bulldogs and the Trojans combining for 45 fourth quarter points (Indy 24, Girard 21).
    Girard hosts CNC League rival Galena on Tuesday.
    Santa Fe Trail girls 58, Pittsburg 26
    BURLINGTON — The Pittsburg girls never gave themselves much of a chance Friday afternoon, falling behind early and staying behind the rest of the game.
    Pittsburg trailed 18-4 after one, 38-15 at halftime and Santa Fe Trail scored the first nine points of the second half, setting up a running clock scenario.
    With reserve guard Katie Phalen out Friday, Pittsburg was already short-handed. Turnovers and an opponent on fire made it an even longer game.
    Senior post Brianna Maxwell led Pittsburg with eight points off the bench. Bethanne Elliott had six and Alaura Short and Lizzy Willis each added five.
    Pittsburg (8-2), ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, plays today in the third place game against the loser of the Burlington-Sabetha semifinal.
    Northeast girls 44, Golden City (Mo.) 28
    LIBERAL, Mo. — The Northeast Vikings won two straight games in the Tony Dubray Classic, taking fifth place Friday with a 16-point win.
    “Improvement continued tonight,” Northeast head coach Scott Post said. “The girls looked really sharp, especially in the second half (Northeast outscored Golden City 26-6 after halftime). I’m very excited that at a time when many teams would have folded, we are improving and working harder than we have all season.”
    Page 4 of 4 - Morgan Maransani and Jaycie Polhlopek led a balanced Northeast attack with nine points apiece. Gretchen Mills added eight, Kaylee Bogina seven and Brooklyn Wyland six.
    The Vikings (4-9) play Crest on Tuesday.

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