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February 16, 2014

Girls BB: Frontier knocks off TC

Trojans fall in final at Rossville.

ROSSVILLE — The opportunity was never better, but the most important ingredients when everything is one the line — heart and the desire to win — were sadly missing. As a consequence, Tri-Central’s girls basketball team went down to an aggressive, purpose-bent Frontier squad, 43-36, in Class A Sectional 54 championship game Saturday night.

Simply put, the Falcons, winners of just seven of 21 previous outings, played simple, basic basketball to the fullest, took advantage of a TC squad’s inability to face 2-3 zone pressure and chose instead to hoist up 19 3-pointers in 43 overall shots, and dominated practically every step of the way.

The Falcons, getting strong leadership from seniors Catie Neary and Brynleigh Jensen, trailed at the first stop, but went in front at halfime, 16-12; extended the spread to 31-20 after three periods and then spread the floor and controlled the tempo in the final eight minutes to preserve the win.

The Trojans, ending their season at 11-10 and losing the grand chance for TC’s fifth sectional title and the home-court advantage for next Saturday’s regional, never did display the extent of their ability.

They seemed ready to take over early in the first quarter when Shelby Ramsey drained a 3-pointer, Cecelia Rayl and Kelli Kingseed scored baskets and Kinsey Leininger nailed a trey in the closing moments for a 10-6 Trojan lead. Frontier hit just 2 of 10 shots and appeared out of sync.

But it all changed in the second quarter when Neary, coming in with a 20-point average, scored five points to help the Falcons to that 16-12 halftime lead. TC had six turnovers to go with three in the first quarter, hit just 1 of 10 shots and didn’t have that first answer to Frontier’s very aggressive 2-3 zone that forced it outside and completely out of rhythm.

Following the disappointment and a lengthy post-game lockerroom meeting, TC coach Kyle Stage emerged to say: “I don’t know what to say other than they wanted it more than we did and took us completely out of our game. We were a step slow all night. They gave us fits with a great defensive game and we stood around a lot.”

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