The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 15, 2014

Frontenac's lead, title hopes vanish in late surge

PARK CITY, Kan. — The Frontenac Raiders appeared headed into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 11-point lead.

But Santa Fe Trail’s Shelby Dahl drilled a 35-foot shot as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter.

Momentum from Dahl’s basket carried over for Santa Fe Trail. The Chargers tied the game at the end of regulation and eventually defeated Frontenac 58-54 during overtime of the Kansas Class 4A Division II girls basketball state championship on Saturday at Hartman Arena.

“Basketball is just a crazy game,” Frontenac coach Jeremy Rakes said. “There’s always going to be a run. In a state championship game, no one is going to hold anything back. Their players stepped up and hit some big shots. We did everything in our power to stop them.”

Dahl’s shot cut Frontenac’s lead to 30-22 at the end of the third quarter. Then the 3-pointers continued to drop in for Santa Fe Frail. The Chargers (22-3) hit four 3-pointers over the fourth quarter and overtime period. The game was tied at 44 at the end of regulation.

“They got hot from the 3-point line,” Rakes said. “They made some big time shots. They made a run, and we weren’t able to stop it. We tried a couple of defenses to handle it. They have some very good athletes. They already won state volleyball and now basketball.”

Dahl, who was 3-for-6 from the 3-point line, recorded 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Megan Zaldizar, who also was 3-for-6 on 3-pointers, finished with 16 points and four rebounds.

Bailey Flora led Frontenac (22-3) with 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Ryleigh McCartney contributed 16 points and five rebounds before fouling out in overtime. Natalie Coomes added 10 points and four rebounds.

“I thought the girls played tough,” Rakes said. “We had a lot of girls step up tonight. I’m very proud of all the hard work they’ve put in to make this a dream season.

The girls battled the entire night. It’s just so difficult. They were upset. We all had a pretty emotional time in the locker room. We were pretty emotional when we were accepting the second-place trophy. They battled so hard all season, and I’m so proud of them.”

Frontenac, which won the CNC title and entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, defeated Wichita-Trinity 55-46 in the first round Wednesday and beat Holton 38-35 during the semifinals on Friday.

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