“I told the girls at half time that despite our poor first half we were in this game and we could win it,” said Columbus Coach Kenny Boeckman. The Lady Titans responded just as their coach had hoped. They came out of the halftime locker room with an 11-1 run.
They nearly won and they had the chance to win over the highly touted Frontenac Raiders but the Lady Titans could not stop Frontenac’s Jena Standlee.
Standlee scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter to give the Raiders a 61-56 victory in the semifinals of the Lancer Classic at Cherokee on Thursday.
Standlee, who had just eight points in the first half, took control of the game in the final period after the Titans (3-7) took a 39-36 third-quarter lead.
She had six of the first eight points of the quarter for Frontenac (8-2) as they started the fourth on an 8-0 run to retake the lead, 46-41.
“I just don’t think we can play much better than we did in the second half tonight,” said Coach Boeckman about his Lady Titans. “We made our run and it wasn’t quite enough, Frontenac is a really, really good team and we played them hard.”
After the big run by Columbus in the third quarter, things seemed like they were falling apart for the Raiders as fouls started to mount and leading scorer Hannah Ketterman was forced to sit after picking up her fourth foul midway through the third quarter.
“I challenged our girls and they responded,” said Boeckman. “We usually have an off-quarter and we came out in the third and just did what we had to do.”
Free-throws seemed to help the Raiders, who are normally a 60 percent free-throw shooting team.
Frontenac was 14 of 19 from the line in the second half and 25 of 32 for the game.
One of the main reasons why the Raiders — who had a clear size advantage — could not pull away was due to the 15 first-half turnovers along with the Titans connecting on 3 three-point goals in the first.
Bailie Hatfield led the way for the Titans with 14 points, including 13 in the second half while Danielle Crain added 13.
In addition to Standlee’s 20 points, Barto had 17 and Ketterman contributed 15 in the win.
Audra Stover scored eight pints, Cassie Stanley and Natalie had six, Natalie Koons each had six, Paige Fletcher scored four, Brianne Wells got three points and Jessica Anderson scored two points.
Columbus will take on Riverton in the third-place game at 5 p.m. The Raiders will play for the Classic championship against St. Paul at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon while
Oswego 61 Southeast 31
It was a big night for Oswego senior Hayden Ward as she scored 20 points to lead the Indians to a 61-31 win over Southeast in the consolation semifinals of the Lancer Classic on Thursday.
Ward did most of her damage in the second half as she picked up 16 of her 20.
The Lancers held a 9-8 lead after the first quarter but Oswego streaked ahead for a 24-21 lead at the break.
But, it was the fourth quarter that did in the Lancers as they managed just two points to Oswego’s 20.
Mandy McGuire led Southeast with 15 points in the loss.
The Lancers will take on Baxter Springs in the seventh-place game at 2 p.m. Saturday while Oswego will play Marmaton Valley for fifth-place at 3:30 p.m.
St. Paul 58-Riverton 34
St. Paul’s Morgan Westhoff cleaned things up in the first half — scoring 11 of her game-high 16 points to lead the Indians to a 58-34 win over Riverton in the semifinals of the Lancer Classic on Thursday.
Riverton seemed to keep pace with the Indians through the first quarter, but St. Paul outscored the Rams 19-8 in the second quarter, behind Westhoff’s seven points.
Jessica Tuck added nine points for the Indians and Allison O’Brien and Madi Borum had seven.
For the Rams, Rachel Wilson had six points to lead Riverton.
Marmaton Valley 62- Baxter Springs 55
Marmaton Valley overcame a 39-33 halftime deficit to outscore Baxter Springs 29-16 in the second to take a 62-55 win over the Lions in the consolation semifinals of the Lancer Classic on Thursday.
The Wildcats held Baxter to just two points in the fourth quarter.
Jenyce Spence had a game-high 31 points for the Lions, including 26 in the first half.
Marmaton Valley spread their scoring around between nine different players.