North Newton-Frontier girls

Photo by Robert Vucsko

North Newton’s Grace Hollopeter squares off with Frontier’s Emma Sorensen during high school girls basketball action Jan. 11 at Frontier High School.

CHALMERS — Frontier sharpshooters Emma Blissett and Emma Sorensen combined to score 49 points and provided accuracy from long range all night (Jan. 11) as the Lady Falcons defeated North Newton, 73-66, in overtime.

All told, Blissett finished with a game-high 37 points and five rebounds, while and Sorensen dropped in 12 points and dished out nine assists.

Frontier also benefited from solid contributions from Haley Jay and Olivia Newcom, who each scored 10 points.

The Spartans were led by Sydney Rainford’s 16-point effort, followed by Heidi Schleman with 15 points and Cayci Ehlinger with 11.

Frontier’s seniors were honored before the game.

“This was the first time in six years that Frontier girls gasketball has won on Senior Night,” head coach Kyle Marlatt said.

Despite an early, inspired push by Frontier, the Spartans fought against it despite poor inside shooting. North Newton found itself down only eight at the end of the first quarter. Though North Newton displayed continued domination on both ends of the floor, their inability to get an inside offense going put them in a seemingly insurmountable 20-point hole at halftime.

Spartans head coach Jenny Spiller and her girls had other plans.

The big halftime lead disappeared, with Rainford scoring all her points in the second half and Grace Hollopeter leading the defensive charge as the Spartans carried a three-point lead at the end of three quarters.

Frontier tied it at 66-66 with with just 2.6 seconds left, forcing the overtime session.

During OT, the Lady Falcons scored on a steady diet of inside opportunities and free throw chances, while the defense held the Lady Spartans scoreless.

“After losing five games in a row, we really needed a win,” Blissett said. “We want to be winning going into this long stretch of games. We fought back and played hard for a win on Senior Night.”

The win improves Frontier’s record to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the Midwest Conference. The Lady Falcons will play at Caston on Jan. 14.

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