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  • Frederick Douglass wins first boys title

  • With all due respect to anybody that played in the Kansas National Guard Invitational, there was no way anybody was going to stop the Frederick Douglass Trojans.

    If nobody could beat the Oklahoma City school in the last three state tournaments, then there was no evidence of anybody in this tournament that could.

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  • With all due respect to anybody that played in the Kansas National Guard Invitational, there was no way anybody was going to stop the Frederick Douglass Trojans.
    If nobody could beat the Oklahoma City school in the last three state tournaments, then there was no evidence of anybody in this tournament that could.
    The Trojans were just too fast, too tall and too talented.
    Case in point, they cruised to an easy 99-64 victory over the Winfield Vikings in the tournament’s inaugural championship.
    “We came out and played well, it’s been a long year as well as a long month,” said head coach Anthony Andrews. “I’m really proud of the guys. In the past, we’ve always started fast and that’s what we did. It was a good tournament. We look forward to coming back next year.”
    The game got off to a fast start. Trevon Threatt only needed eight seconds to score the first basket.
    The Vikings managed to stay close early in the game with a 7-5 deficit with 4:18 left in the first quarter.
    A 3-pointer by DeAngelo Smith from 10 feet beyond made it 15-7. Smith scored two 3s inside one minute to build a 28-8 lead.
    Stephen Clark, a future Oklahoma State University player, entered the game with 21 3-pointers in the previous two nights. His first outside shot of the night came from halfcourt with time expiring in the first quarter to bring the massive crowd to their feet and a 30-point lead.
    The Trojans built their lead to 56-27 at the half.
    Things did not get any easier for the Vikings as a technical foul was called on them, prompting head coach Troy Lallemand into demanding an explanation from the refs. He was sent off with a second technical and the Trojans made all four free throws to go ahead 60-19.
    Clark ended the game with nine 3-pointers and had 43 total points.
    “I’m thankful for my teammates because they put me in a position to score,” Clark said.
    DeAngelo Smith had an impressive night, making five 3-pointers and finishing with 17 points. Most of his points came early in the game. The only thing that stood in his way was a cramp injury in the second half that required two people to help him off the floor before coming back in the game.
    “It’s really hard to steal anything from Stephen (Clark) but DeAngelo has played well all season,” Andrews said. “I think he kind of got off to a rough start this season but he does show up night in and night out. Sometimes he does get caught up in the shadow a bit but he’s a good player and he’s going to be playing hard.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Clark and Smith were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
    By the fourth quarter, the clock was running continuously. While the fans were hoping to see 100 points again this tournament, the Trojans fell one point short after a free throw by the Vikings led to the clock expiring.
    There may have only been a single digit number of fans whom made the pilgrimage from Oklahoma City to the game but the audience in the gym still had their heroes figured out as autographing sessions and photo ops were held for the Trojan players after the game.
    Not only are the Trojans used to playing in the state tournaments in Oklahoma but also traveling all over the country and competing in different tournaments.
    “It’s really nothing new, Andrews said. “We’ve been doing this for the past four or five years so the kids look forward to it every year. We try and take the locations where the kids can see different parts of the country and meet with different college recruits in the areas and where they can get exposed to different parts outside of Oklahoma City. Just two weeks ago, we were at the All State Sugar Bowl tournament down in New Orleans.”
    This will be the final tournament in the regular season before sub state for the Trojans and Andrews says the experience gives his team a helping hand in preparing for state.
    “It definitely does help,” Andrews said. “It gives our kids a lot of confidence coming back and playing in the state of Oklahoma.”
    It’s hard to imagine anything the Trojans need to improve on to win state a fourth straight year. But Andrews says the depth could be better.
    “One of the things right now is that we have seven or eight kids that we can depend on right now,” he said. “We need that ninth player to step up which we should have happen and hope to happen will get us ready for the playoff run.”
    Clark agrees.
    “We have a lot of inexperienced guys and it helps them out a lot,” Clark said.
    The All-Tournament Team included: Matt Standlee and Blake Barto of Frontenac, DeAngelo Smith and Stephen Clark of Frederick Douglass, Johnathan Stark of Fort Scott, Silas Smith of Nevada, Landon North of Riverton, and Will Adler and Tucker Hoover of Winfield.
    Frontenac girls 59, Hogan Prep 47
    The Frontenac Raiders closed out their inaugural Kansas National Guard Invitational by beating the Hogan Prep Rams on Saturday afternoon. The Raiders finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.
    “I thought it was good to see another physical team and that is definitely going to help us through,” said head coach Jeremy Rakes. “It was good to come out with a victory to finish the first tournament 2-1.”
    Page 3 of 3 - It was not the smooth start the Raiders were aiming for as they were limited to eight points in the first quarter and trailed by two. Opportunities came and went for Frontenac but their shots would not fall through. It looked like just one of those nights where shots weren’t going to be in their favor.
    “Honestly, the shots wouldn’t fall tonight,” Rakes said. “We got a ton of shots off in that first half but we just weren’t making them until that fourth quarter where we picked it up again tonight.”
    Brianna Ervin’s 3-pointer put the Rams ahead 10-8 at the end of the first quarter.
    An inside shot by Bailey Flora threw the Raiders in front by one in the second quarter. The Raiders got going before halftime.
    Natalie Coomes scored off an easy layup while drawing a foul and coming away with three points. Shortly later, Coomes did it again, this time off a steal and once again drew another foul on her way to the basket. The Raiders went into the locker rooms with a six-point lead.
    A field goal by Breana Herriford narrowed the gap to one point. But that was as close as the Rams came to the Raiders in the second half. Frontenac broke free on a 7-3 run and led 37-31 by the end of the third.
    The Raiders used a full-court press for parts of the fourth to put the pressure on the Rams. It seemed to backfire as the Rams came to within two thanks to shots from Kierra Osiah. Isaiah finished the night with 17 points along with Alyah Chivers.
    But the Raiders stayed in front thanks in part to Wilson’s shooting. She scored five points inside one minute and was the leading scorer with 15.
    “That was huge for her to knock those shots down and keep points in the game it gave us a little bit of momentum, she definitely did well for us,” Rakes said.
    The Rams seemed unable to help themselves as time was slipping away. Wide open on her side of the court, a pass bounced right off of Nadia Bennett, which resulted in a turnover and eventually a basket by Cicero.
    Frontenac scored six points within the final minute to protect their lead and depart with a victory.
    The All-Tournament Team included: Ryleigh McCartney and Bailey Flora of Frontenac, Aleigh Grimes and LaNina Spence of Baxter Springs, Ashley Cook of Fort Scott, and Alyah Chivers of Hogan Prep.

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