FRONTENAC — The Frontenac Raider Girls scored a commanding victory over the Field Kindley, of Coffeyville, Golden Tornado Tuesday night to improve to 2-2 going into the Christmas break.
The foul-laden game had Coffeyville’s top shooters in trouble early — there were 15 total team fouls across both teams in the first quarter alone — giving the Raider’s perimeter shooters a chance to do their job.
“We had the full court pressure on and they didn’t handle it well,” Frontenac head coach Martha Harper said. “Having their big ball handlers out was huge.”
Between the press and the foul trouble Harper said her guards were able to establish themselves and hit the outside shots, something they struggled with in earlier games.
“I felt like our guards did a better job of shooting the three,” she said, and indeed the Raiders scored 15 points on treys in the 60-37 victory.
The game was never really in doubt as the Raiders established and early lead, going into the second stanza up just three, they put on a 24-8 performance in the second quarter to enter the locker room up 35-16 at the break.
The third was a slow quarter offensively for the Raiders and they ended the period with just five additional points, but defensively did well, holding the Golden Tornado to just 9.
Frontenac’s shooters woke up again in the fourth quarter, putting together a 20-12 performance for the 23-point win.
By the Numbers
Frontenac had two players in double figures — Karma Fields and Taylor Peterson with 14 each. Fields was 2-of-7 from the field, 2-of-5 from the arc and 4-of-7 from the line. Peterson went 3-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from the arc and was 5-of-8 from the line.
Ten Raiders in total scored and as a team went 13-of-41 from the field, shot 5-of-15 treys and awas 18-of-31 from the line.
By way of comparison, Field Kindley was 13-of-19 from the field, but crucially shot just 1-of-11 from the arc and only 10-of-16 from the line.
Field Kindley boys 55, Frontenac 40
While the score may have been close at times, the outcome was never really in doubt, as the Field Kindley, of Coffeyville, boys controlled the pace of the game pretty much from the start, defeating the Frontenac Raiders, 55-40 in Frontenac Tuesday night.
Down 5-11 near the end of the first quarter, the Raiders went on a quick six point run to tie the game up at the buzzer, but the Golden Tornado would come screaming back in the second, putting together a 17-11 quarter to go into the locker room up 28-22.
An 8-5 third quarter gave Field Kindley a lead the wouldn’t again relinquish in the game.
Frontenac was able to pull within six early in the fourth, but a 19-13 quarter put paid to the rally attempt, and with the Raiders forced to foul to stop the clock, the game was simply out of reach.
By the Numbers
Peyton Brown was the only Raider in double figures, scoring 11. He was 4-of-5 from the field, 1-of-3 from the arc, with no free throw attempts.
As a team the Raiders were 13-of-37 from the field, 1-of-5 from the arc and 11-of-14 from the line.
By way of comparison, Field Kindley had three players in double figures, was 16-of-30 from the field, 3-of-14 from the arc and 14-of-19 from the line.
Both boys and girls will be in action on Jan. 5, 2018 against Prairie View High School, of LaCygne, at Prairie View.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.