FRONTENAC — The Frontenac Raiders swept the Riverton Rams in CNC League basketball action Friday night in Frontenac.
The Lady Raiders won by a score of 55-43, and the boys came away with a 73-47 victory.
COLLECTIVE EFFORT LEADS RAIDERS GIRLS OVER RAMS
The Frontenac Lady Raiders were able to knock off the Riverton Rams at home by a score of 55-43.
Thanks to timely 3-point shooting and a stiff defense, the Raiders jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead early in the game. That lead slowly swelled to as a many as 12 points, and Frontenac was able to do enough offensively to keep the Rams at arm’s length for the rest of the game.
Madi Davis led three Raiders in double figures with 14 points. Taylor Peterson added 13, and Kaylee Harper had 10.
“We have been playing really hard in all of our games,” said Frontenac head coach Martha Harper, “So, it was nice to come out on top tonight. We played with good intensity; we got some key threes, and we played strong defensively.”
A Davis 3-pointer got the Frontenac Lady Raiders off on the right foot in their matchup with the Rams.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Harper a short while later had Frontenac out to the quick 6-0 lead.
The Raiders full-court pressure defense gave Riverton fits early, forcing turnovers on four consecutive possessions at one point in the first quarter, allowing Frontenac to extend to a 9-1 lead.
A pair of free throws by Karma Fields and a layup by Peterson stopped a mini 4-0 run by the Rams, and a Peterson put-back bucket gave the Raiders a 15-5 lead heading into the second quarter.
An 11-2 run by Riverton midway through the quarter cut what had been a 12-point Frontenac lead to just 3, at 21-18.
But, the outside shooting came alive in a big way for the Raiders as Alivia Bridwell, Peterson, and Fields all knocked down three balls to close out the quarter on a 9-2 run, giving Frontenac the 30-22 halftime lead.
The Raiders extended back out to a 10-point following free throws by Harper and a basket from Fields, making the score 34-24 early in the second half.
Davis' corner 3-pointer kept Frontenac ahead by 12 points, but the Rams responded with a 7-0 run to cut their deficit to just 37-32.
Davis ended the run with her fourth 3-pointer of the contest, sending the game into the fourth quarter with the Raiders up 40-34.
Kamryn Osborn came alive offensively for Frontenac in the fourth quarter, knocking down a long jumper from the top of the key early in the fourth before canning a 3-pointer later in the quarter.
Riverton got to within five points midway through the quarter, but it was simply too much Frontenac late.
A Davis layup and an off-balance, athletic layup for Peterson gave the Raiders their largest lead of the game at 54-41, and Frontenac went on to win by a final score of 55-43.
FHS BOYS SINK RIVERTON
Hosting the Riverton Rams in CNC League action Friday night, the Frontenac Raiders came away with the 73-47 victory.
Frontenac led the entire way, as they turned a five-point advantage after one period into a 13-point halftime lead. A big third quarter offensively and defensively for the Raiders allowed them to extend to a 23-point cushion heading into the final quarter.
Isaac Bicknell – one of four Raiders in double figures – put the emphatic cap on the game with his hammer dunk through contact late in the game.
Eian Monsour led all scorers with 22 points. Ryan Long added 12 points, and Bicknell and Broc Ginavan added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“It’s always good to come out and get a win,” Raiders head coach Ryan Varsolona said. “Riverton did a good job and competed all game, and they didn’t make it easy on us. We have a lot of room to improve on, and we need to put together a full 32-minute game. We just need to tune some things up as we come down the stretch.”
The Frontenac Raiders found success early by attacking the Riverton defense and getting to the hoop.
Long got the scoring started for the Raiders, with a layup, and Monsour made three of the next four Frontenac shots, all in the lane, to put Frontenac up 10-6 early.
Following a Jake Wilbert 3-pointer, the Raider lead had blossomed to 15-8, and it would be 15-10 entering the second quarter.
Ginavan was able to corral an offensive rebound and get the put back early in the second quarter, and on the next possession, he found Peyton Brown for the layup to make the score 19-10.
Ginavan continued to clean up the offensive boards with another rebound and put-back basket. A layup by Monsour shortly after made the score 23-11 and forced a timeout by Riverton.
Four straight points for Bicknell had the Raiders up 32-12, and a turnaround jumper in the lane by Hayden Pile gave Frontenac its largest lead of the contest at 34-12.
Riverton ended the half on a 9-0 run to cut their deficit to 34-21 heading to the locker rooms.
Monsour splashed home a 3-pointer early in the second half, and then he found a streaking Long for a layup on the next possession to get the Raiders back up to a 39-22 lead.
The full-court pressure defense of Frontenac forced numerous Riverton turnovers in the game, including a stretch of three straight possessions leading to six Frontenac points midway through the third quarter.
A layup by Monsour got him to 20 points on the evening, and it gave his team a 23-point advantage at 47-24.
Long was able to knock down a shot within three feet of the rim to make the score 53-30 with 90 seconds to go in the third quarter, and that would be the same score heading to the fourth.
With the Raiders up 22 still midway through the fourth quarter, Bicknell was able to bring the crowd to its feet and put a cap on the contest with a thunderous dunk through contact. He hit the free throw to convert the and-one and give his team a 62-37 lead.
Luke Loy hit both free throws following a hard foul by the Rams on the next possession and Bicknell made a layup off a nice look from Monsour to close out the night for the Frontenac starters, as Frontenac went on to win by a score of 73-47.