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  • Raiders stay on a roll

  • The Frontenac Raider boys maintained their undefeated record in Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League games with a 48-32 win Tuesday night over Columbus.

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  • The Frontenac Raider boys maintained their undefeated record in Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League games with a 48-32 win Tuesday night over Columbus.
    Defense, 7-0 and 8-0 starts to the third and fourth quarters, and 13-for-17 free throw shooting proved a tough combination for Columbus to handle.
    “We got (Columbus junior) Aaron Bigando,” Frontenac head coach Doug Barto said. “He’s going to be in the write-up. He’s probably averaging 15-16-18 points a game and he hurt us the last time we played. He changed the whole complexion of the game. Last time, he had 22. Brett Macary, got to give him a lot of credit because he drew the assignment and he’s tired. He’s probably going to sleep on the bus ride home. He worked hard and it was a total team effort. Ross Edge spelled (Macary) and gave him a little breather. That’s a tough assignment when you’ve got to turn and focus on one guy.”
    Bigando finished with four points — one 3 and one free throw — and Jordan Morgan, who scored 16 against Frontenac the first time, ended with six points and six rebounds before fouling out in frustration late in the contest. Nate Bole led Columbus with 14 points Tuesday night, the lone Titan player scoring more than six points.
    Nathan Lopp of Columbus missed a pair of free throws at the start of the fourth quarter and Frontenac capitalized with eight unanswered points to build a 37-25 lead. Frontenac was able to efficiently run the clock and make enough free throws to extend its lead when Columbus had to foul.
    “We switched defenses a couple times,” Barto said. “We ran some possessions, they were 25-second possessions, just with our offense and they got into foul mode. We got a backdoor and got to the free throw line.”
    Blake Barto led Frontenac with 14 points and seven rebounds; Barto made all six of his free throw attempts. Avery Coronado, Macary and Dylan Clark each finished with eight points.
    “Main thing was this is the most important game of the year because it was the one we played tonight,” Coach Barto said, “and we got to move to 4-0. . . . We had a good practice on Monday and we’re going to go 5-6 in the morning (today). I like to give them some time off after school. They can work on schoolwork I hope but they’ll probably be at my house. We go to Galena, Colgan and Coffeyville, and finish with Girard. Our schedule is, I’d match it up with anybody in our league. It’s still early.”
    Frontenac improved to 11-5 overall and 4-0 in the CNC. Riverton defeated Galena 60-53 on Tuesday, handing the Bulldogs their first loss in CNC play, and Frontenac takes over lead of the CNC with Galena, Colgan and Girard ahead on the league slate. Colgan, idle on Tuesday, remains 3-0 in CNC play.
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    The second and the fourth quarters damaged the Raider girls Tuesday night: outscored 36-15 overall and 21 turnovers (10 second, 11 fourth).
    Frontenac committed 32 turnovers overall against the 1-2-2 press of Columbus and the Raiders never saw the lead again in the second half.
    The Raiders trailed 26-22 at halftime after Columbus went into the locker room with a 5-0 run and 34-31 after three quarters, sparked by the aggressive play of senior Libby Warrick and junior Bailey Flora.
    Columbus scored the first six points of the fourth and built its lead into double figures at the foul line. Olivia Murdock alone made nine free throws in the fourth and finished with a game-high 15 points.
    Flora led Frontenac (13-3, 3-1 CNC) with 12 points and nine rebounds. Ryleigh McCartney had eight points, four rebounds and Haley Wilson eight points, five rebounds. Warrick finished with seven points, eight rebounds.
    Columbus picked up nine points from Madi Evans before she fouled out, eight points apiece from Lauren Anderson and Marissa Thompson and seven from Katrina Froebe. Columbus improved to 10-6, 4-1 CNC.

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