FRONTENAC — The Raiders expected Louisburg to shoot three-ball. They were right.
The Frontenac girls’ basketball team improved to 4-2 overall with a 56-43 win over the Louisburg Wildcats at home on Tuesday night. The Wildcats fell to 1-7.
“We had some great scouting reports and it was no secret,” said Frontenac head coach Jeremy Rakes. “They’re very guard-oriented. They like to shoot the 3-pointer as much as possible. We knew they were going to score but we also knew we had to rebound.”
The game was close throughout the first half as the Wildcats led 11-9 at the end of one before the Raiders took over.
“We’ve been a slow starting team this year,” Rakes said. "It’s no secret that we’re a second half team. We’re trying to get the girls to get to put together four quarters to see how dominant we can really be.”
Kennedi Fields had 14 points to lead the Raiders while Ashlie Young brought a surge of energy for the Raiders in the second half, going 6-6 from the line and finishing with eight points, all of which came in the third and fourth quarters.
“(Young) did a tremendous job for us," Rakes said. "She played her best game of the season for us. She was great at not only handling the ball but on defense as well.”
Gwen Smalley had five points while Madison Davis had seven. Lauren Hipfl had 12 points.
Madisen Simpson finished the night with 13 points to lead the Wildcats while Megan Lemke had five points. Carson Buffington, along with Kennia Hankinson, put up six points apiece.
Lemeke picks up third personal foul with 6:58 left in the second quarter
Emily Merando’s first field goal of the night off a lay-in from the right side gave the Raiders a 17-16 lead midway through the second quarter.
Fast break opportunities for the Raiders helped to a 26-19 lead in the final minute of the first half.
The Raiders used a 7-0 run late in the first half to take a 26-21 halftime lead.
Fields hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Raiders a 33-23 lead at the start of the second half.
Fields added an inside field goal to respond to a Hankinson field goal.
She scored eight points alone in the third quarter.
“Kennedi really shot the ball well for us tonight. That’s going to be huge this season. She’s been working on her shots and it was nice to see her get her confidence up,” Rakes said.
By the time Hipfl scored off a put-back, the Raiders had a 55-37 lead with 1:51 remaining.
Simpson shot her second and third 3-pointers of the night with less than a minute but it was too little too late for the Wildcats who lost their third consecutive game.
The Raiders will next take on the St. Paul Indians before facing Carl Junction, Missouri and then returning home for next week’s tournament at home.
“These next three weeks will be very difficult for us,” Rakes said. “St. Paul is a well-coached team. They’re a team that has some talented and can play at both ends of the floor. After this Friday, we have to play Carl Junction on the road and then prepare for our tournament.”
Michael Bauer is a sports reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on twitter at @michaeljohn391.