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Monroe Central girls conquer Frontier, 46-40

Photo by Tyler Bennett Frontier’s Tacey Kirkpatrick dives for a loose ball while Monore Central’s Trista Morris runs towards the ball in a high school school girls basketball game Monday night in New Matamoras.

NEW MATAMORAS — It takes an all-out effort in all four quarters to win in basketball, and the Frontier Cougars experienced that phenomenon.. Poor shooting from the field doomed the home team on Monday night from inside Frontier High School.

Managing only five buckets in the third quarter, the visiting Monroe Central Seminoles took advantage of the mistakes by scoring 13 points and overcoming the fierce comeback by Frontier to hold on for the 46-40 win.

“The last two games we’ve struggled, we told them how important the first three minutes of coming out in that third quarter was. We struggled again, and we ended up getting beat by six but, I give coach (Troy) Baker and his team a lot of credit,” Frontier head coach Mike Cisler said, “They are a really nice team, our kids are playing better in the second half of the season. What hurt us tonight is I think we missed eight free throws (and went 10-of-19 at the line).”

Down by 12 heading into the final period of play, Frontier started chipping away the Seminole lead thanks to freshmen Tacey Kirkpatrick, Jaylynn Shapley, and junior Jailyn Glover was able to get within eight points. However, Monroe Central extended the lead back to double-digits until Kirkpatrick tallied four points with less than 40 seconds remaining to leave the score at 46-40.

Kirkpatrick was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on six made field goals, and she drilled seven at the charity stripe in 10 attempts.

Frontier jumped out on a 6-0 lead to start the first with four points by freshman Emily Cisler and fellow freshmen Kara Ramsey with a marker, but Monore’s Kalista Friday chipped in with four quick points in a 6-0 scoring run to tie it at six in all just under a minute at the 4:30 mark.

Frontier took its final lead of the game on a Kylie Lamb bucket near the rim, thanks to a dish from Ramsey. That bucket made the score 8-6 with 3:25 left to play.

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The Seminoles then went on a 10-3 run to close out the first, as they were up 18-11 as a result.

Frontier played its best defense of the game in the second quarter, as the team only gave up five points in the frame.

Kirkpatrick, Ramsey and junior Haley Bills provided the points for Cougars to make it a 23-19 heading into the locker room, and that was the closest they got to the lead.

In addition to her four points, Ramsey had nine rebounds and four steals.

Leading in the scoring department for Monroe Central (9-4) was Alee Zwick with 11 points, and Friday was close behind her with 10 points. Haven Dick had eight points and six rebounds, while Abby Thompson pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

“We are getting good bench play out of Shapley and Glover. They came in tonight, and we got some steals, but the ball didn’t go our way a couple of times,” Cisler said.

Up next for Frontier, they will be participating in the St. Marys High School Invite by facing the Cameron Dragons on Thursday at 7 p.m.

You can contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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