The Frontenac Raider girls advanced to the championship game of the 20th anniversary edition of the Lancer Classic, pulling away in the fourth quarter for an impressive 60-36 win Thursday over the Baxter Springs Lions.

The Frontenac Raider girls advanced to the championship game of the 20th anniversary edition of the Lancer Classic, pulling away in the fourth quarter for an impressive 60-36 win Thursday over the Baxter Springs Lions.

“It was an unbelievable difference in the first half and the second half,” Frontenac head coach Jeremy Rakes said. “That swing was huge and they got into some foul trouble and we’re lucky enough we have a deep group of girls where we can just keep bringing ‘em at you. I thought we did a good job of staying poised because it was a battle out there.”

The Raiders jumped out quickly on the Lions, forcing six first-quarter turnovers. Meghan Winden gave Frontenac a 9-3 lead on a steal and layup and Amanda Cicero ended the quarter with a steal, layup and 19-7 Frontenac lead.

The Lions struggled offensively in the first quarter, all three of their field goals coming inside 3-point range, two on layups by Tasha Wampler and Nina Spence breaking the Raider press.

Meanwhile, Cicero and Wilson, fresh off the Frontenac bench, wasted no time and hit separate 3-point shots in the first quarter. Cicero and Wilson both scored all five of their first-half points in the first stanza.

After Wampler cut the Frontenac lead to 23-19 on her points No. 6 and No. 7, the Raiders answered by pushing their lead back to 29-19 with a baby hook from Bailey Flora, a putback by Natalie Coomes and two free throws by Coomes, a sequence in which she drew a third personal foul on the overzealous Wampler.

Spence closed out the first-half scoring with a pair of free throws, giving the Lions three players with seven first-half points — Spence, Wampler and Ashleigh Grimes. Baxter Springs helped itself by committing no second quarter turnovers and handling Frontenac's assorted halfcourt and fullcourt traps with greater proficiency.

“That pressure defense, we switched it up tonight,” Rakes said. “Fullcourt, halfcourt, we went to box-and-1, zone, man. We kept them honest tonight and I thought it paid off. That’s what we live by, the old defense.”

Every time Baxter Springs made a basket or a mini-run of four unanswered points, Frontenac answered with baskets to extend its lead to 41-31 after three quarters. Wilson scored five in the third quarter, including a rainbow three over the Lions' D.

Early in the fourth, Kelsey Karnes scored her only three points and the only three Baxter points not scored by the trio of Wampler, Spence and Grimes.

Karnes' shot made the score 43-34, but foul trouble caught up with Baxter Springs and Frontenac capitalized on its opportunities at the foul line, outscoring Baxter 17-2 the final 6 minutes.

Wampler, Grimes and Spence all fouled out for Baxter — Wampler and Spence each led the Lions with 13 points. Grimes finished with seven.

“That was one of our goals coming in,” Rakes said. “We wanted to take it at those three because they’re the three best players on their team. We knew that if we could do that and hit our free throws we’d have a shot at winning.”

Frontenac (10-1) demonstrated its superior depth — five players scored at least seven points and two reached double figures. Wilson led the way with 12 and Coomes scored 10 with six of her points coming in the fourth. Flora, Lindsey Gorham and Winden each had seven.

Southeast girls 58, Oswego 50 (2OT)

For three quarters, the Indians certainly did not resemble a team ranked No. 5 in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.

Southeast forced 15 Oswego first-half turnovers and the Indians had 21 turnovers entering the final quarter. When Jaymie Nesbitt made a 3-point shot for 23 points, it was the first time Oswego had more points than turnovers since early on in the game.

However, Oswego forced overtime after trailing 29-15 entering the fourth, outscoring the home team 26-12 down the home stretch.

Oswego junior forward Sydney Pemberton gave the Indians their first lead since 2-1 when she received a high-low pass early in overtime and went up for an easy basket and 43-41 lead. Hope Vore later put Oswego up 47-44, but Southeast tied it up at 47 on a Rachel Bole free throw and Tessa Robin shot.

Kinzie Nesbitt drained two free throws late in overtime, fouling out Southeast guard Amy Martin, and fouled with only 2.4 remaining and Southeast trailing by two points, senior post Christine Bone stepped up and forced a second overtime with two big made free throws.

The Lancers struck first in the second extra period and built its lead to 52-49 before Kinzie Nesbitt scored the only Indians point of the second overtime with a free throw. Bone gave Southeast a 54-50 lead with an inside basket and sophomore guard Brytany Stewart closed out the scoring with four straight made free throws.

Bone led the Lancers with 13 points, joined by Bole and Rylie Dainty in double figures with 10. Pemberton led Oswego with 12 and Jaymie Nesbitt had 11; Oswego finished with 30 turnovers and Southeast had 24.

Southeast (9-2) plays Frontenac in the Lancer Classic title game tonight at 7.

Frontenac boys 43, Marmaton Valley 34

The Wildcats of Marmaton Valley made the Raiders work hard for their 43-34 win in the semifinals of the Lancer Classic.

“It was a grinder,” Frontenac head coach Doug Barto said. “The Louk kid (Zach Louk, Marmaton Valley), he got poked in the eye (Tuesday) and I’m going to poke my guys in the eye if we can get 16 points on that. We struggled a little bit offensive end. We’re missing some short shots and we just need to rebound better offensively.”

Frontenac senior Keith Lollar led all scorers with 21 points, scoring 11 in the first half and 10 in the second. Lollar started the fourth with a layup off an inbounds play and his third field goal of the fourth quarter gave Frontenac a 40-30 lead.

Blake Barto and Devon Keith each scored nine points in the game and seven in the second half, taking advantage of the mismatched Wildcats and inside opportunities to score points.

Zach Louk did his best to keep the Wildcats in the game with a team-high 14 points. Derrick Carr added eight, six coming on two second-half 3-point shots.

Frontenac plays the winner of Riverton and Columbus in the Lancer Classic title game (8:30 p.m. tonight).

Frontenac girls 60, Baxter Springs 36
BSHS     7  14  10  5 — 36
FHS     19 10  12 19 — 60
BAXTER SPRINGS (36) — Nina Spence 13, Tasha Wampler 13, Ashleigh Grimes 7, Kelsey Karnes 3.
FRONTENAC (60) — Haley Wilson 12, Natalie Coomes 10, Bailey Flora 7, Lindsey Gorham 7, Meghan Winden 7, Amanda Cicero 6, Ryleigh McCartney 5, Jennifer Long 2, Taylor Seward 2, Libby Warrick 2.
Turnovers —BSHS 11, FHS 7.

Frontenac boys 43, Marmaton Valley 34
MVHS     7 6 10 11 — 34
FHS        8 9 11 15 — 43
MARMATON VALLEY (34) — Zach Louk 14, Derrick Carr 8, Lucas Hamlin 4, Nathan Smart 4, Cole Becker 3, Levi Ramsey 1.
FRONTENAC (43) — Keith Lollar 21, Blake Barto 9, Devon Keith 9, Nathan Herrelson 2, Ethan Powell 2.
Turnovers — MVHS 15, FHS 8.

Southeast girls 58, Oswego 50 (2OT)
SE         5 22 2 12 8 9 — 58
OHS    4  8  3 26 8 1 — 50
SOUTHEAST (58) — Christine Bone 13, Rachel Bole 10, Rylie Dainty 10, Amy Martin 7, Olivia Powell 7, Tessa Robin 7, Brytany Stewart 4.
OSWEGO (50) — Sydney Pemberton 12, Jaymie Nesbitt 11, Kinzie Nesbitt 8, Bricynn Johnson 5, Hope Vore 4, Ashton Eckernan 4, Kaelyn Yeoman 4, Bailee Irwin 2.
Turnovers — SE 24, OHS 30.