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  • Raider reserves lead to win

  • The Northeast Vikings led the Frontenac Raiders 5-4 early on during their boys contest Monday night.



    Frontenac brought in reserves Avery Coronado, Matt Standlee, Brett Macary, Blake Barto and Dylan Clark. This group outscored Northeast 10-0 the rest of the first quarter and 23-5 the rest of the first half en route to a 27-10 halftime lead and 54-30 win at Northeast High School.

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  • The Northeast Vikings led the Frontenac Raiders 5-4 early on during their boys contest Monday night.
    Frontenac brought in reserves Avery Coronado, Matt Standlee, Brett Macary, Blake Barto and Dylan Clark. This group outscored Northeast 10-0 the rest of the first quarter and 23-5 the rest of the first half en route to a 27-10 halftime lead and 54-30 win at Northeast High School.
    “I think they pushed it just a little bit harder,” Frontenac head coach Doug Barto said. “That (first) group I had in there was doing everything right. There were just some opportunities, they exploited them and I think they scored three-four in a row and that always helps. Again, we shared the ball. That’s what we’ve been doing the last couple games.”
    Frontenac had six players score at least five points — Clark 12, Coronado eight, Macary eight, Standlee seven, Ross Edge five and Noah Monsour five. The Raiders had 21 bench points in the first half alone.
    The young Vikings, a roster dominated by sophomores and freshmen aside from junior big man Noah Popejoy, committed 15 first-half turnovers but made a 11-2 scoring run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, cutting the Frontenac lead down to 44-30 before Frontenac closed it out with 10 unanswered points.
    “We set some traps,” Coach Barto said. “We did a little run-and-jump. We had a little more length with some of our kids and the kids had some good rotations. We worked on our press a little bit and we hadn’t had a chance to use it much yet.”
    “I was proud of the kids for making a run and getting back into it,” Northeast head coach Matt Hiatt said. “I thought our kids played hard all night. We missed some easy shots that we probably could have finished in the first half. It might have been a little bit closer there but we’re going to keep working and get better with this young group. They’ll play hard every night and it will be onward and upward for us.”
    Antonio Slingluff and Ethan Snider epitomized the Vikings’ effort, both players leaving the floor after making hustle plays. Slingluff would later come back.
    “Northeast and Coach Hiatt had them ready to go,” Coach Barto said. “They were scrappy.”
    Sophomore wing Darius Wilson played the best game of his career, leading Northeast with eight points. Drew Mills and Popejoy both had six.
    Frontenac improves to 4-3 on the season and the Raiders travel to Uniontown  on Friday to face their third Three Rivers League opponent of the season, following Jayhawk-Linn and Northeast. The Raiders are 2-0 against the TRL.
    Northeast drops to 3-5 and the Vikings look for their first TRL win tonight against Pleasanton at Pleasanton.
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    Keep in mind the Frontenac girls left 23 points on the court with missed free throws, shooting 19-42 during their commanding win Monday night.
    Frontenac entered the bonus at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter and the double bonus just 14 seconds into the second quarter.
    The Raiders scored the first 20 points of the game and Northeast did not get on the scoreboard until sophomore guard Kaylee Bogina hit a trifecta.
    Bailey Flora, coming off a 20-point effort against Lamar (Mo.) last Friday, led 12 Raiders in the scoring column with a game-high 15 points, despite a 1-9 performance at the foul stripe. Amanda Cicero and Jennifer Long each had 10, combining for 14 made free throws (Cicero 10, Long 4). Freshman guard Emily Merando scored a career-high eight, Natalie Coomes had seven and Ryleigh McCartney added six, all in the second half.
    Bogina led Northeast with five points. Shameron Morris added four points and a team-high five rebounds. Gretchen Mills had four points.
    Frontenac won its sixth consecutive game since a season-opening loss to St. Mary’s Colgan. Northeast dropped to 2-6.
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