FRONTENAC — The Frontenac boys’ basketball team could not get closer than three points as they fell to the Louisburg Wildcats, 49-41 on Tuesday night.
Grant Harding had 14 points to lead the Wildcats while Mitch McLellan had nine along with Samuel Guetterman. Guetterman’s points all came in the first half, while McLellan’s points all came in the second. Jayce Geiman had four points while Jacob Welsh had three for Louisburg.
Broc Ginavan came off the bench to finish with 11 points to lead the Raiders while Terry Young had 10. Colin Coronado finished with five points and Carlos Herrera had six. Ryan Menghini had four points for the night.
“We missed quite a few shots," Frontenac Head Coach Doug Barto said. "We were missing them close. We shoot them and make those. We wont’ make them all but we were playing from behind the whole game and we missed some assignments.”
Five points by Harding — including one from 3-point land — gave the Wildcats an early 6-0 lead.
Welsh’s fade away jumper made it 8-0, Louisburg.
Isaac Bicknell missed two free throws with 4:08 left in the first quarter and the Raiders still couldn’t get on the board.
Christian Owens ended the Raiders’ scoring drought by hitting an insider with 2:42 left in the opening quarter with Frontenac down by six.
Frontenac’s first 3-pointer-from Ginavan- came as time expired in the first quarter ended a 5-0 Louisburg run with the Wildcats’ lead cut to six.
“We talked about it. They had some good sets," Barto said. "We made some adjustments at halftime."
Two Wildcat possessions ended with a travel called on each occasion and the Raiders cut Louisburg’s lead to three points late in the second quarter.
The second half began very similar to the first as the Wildcats hit multiple shots to take an eight point lead as the Raiders coughed up possession twice.
The Raiders struggled to get a shot to fall through as they were outscored 27-23 in the second half.
T.J. Dover scored his first field goal of the game to make it a nine point advantage. After a Long 3-pointer, Dover responded with a deuce with less than six minutes to play. He finished the night with four points, all of which came in the fourth quarter.
Anytime the Raiders managed to cut their deficit, the Wildcats had an answer and Harding, Welsh and Dover all provided the answer that Louisburg needed.
A basket by Harding gave the Wildcats a 44-31 lead in the closing minutes of the game and the Raiders could not overcome their deficit.
“We were missing some players tonight,” Barto said. “But we’re moving on. We’re working during practices and make them competitive. We might have to do some extra shooting.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.