EMPORIA — The Frontenac High School boys’ basketball team kept pace with No. 1 seeded Holcomb in the early going, but couldn’t pull off the upset in the 56-39 loss on Thursday inside Emporia-White Auditorium.

After ending the first quarter with six consecutive points to tie the game at 8-all, the Raiders took the lead on a layup by Broc Ginavan to begin the second.

It was the first and last time FHS had the lead, as the Longhorns responded with 10 consecutive points to take an 18-10 advantage.

Frontenac broke the scoring drought with a layup by Aaron Pile and a free throw by Ginavan, before an 8-1 run by Holcomb extended the lead to 26-14.

A 3-pointer by Peyton Brown to end the second quarter narrowed the deficit to nine heading into the locker room at halftime, but the Longhorns regained control in the third quarter with a quick eight points to push the score to 34-20.

Holcomb put the finishing touches on the win by out score the Raiders 10-3 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before coasting to the finish line.

— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at jbuckamneer@morningsun.net and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.