Frontenac aims to turn hot start into another trip to state

The Frontenac girls are 9-1 to start the season.

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The Frontenac girls are off to a 9-1 start through their first 10 games.

“I think the best part about it is that I’m winning with a group of girls that I love,” says senior Abby Butcher.

“We come out and it feels good to be 9-1. It feels good to have a chance to play our next game,” says head coach Scott Fields, “We’re just excited to keep moving through the season.”

The Raiders made the state tournament last season.

COVID-19 ended their playoff run before they even had a chance to play in the final four.

“It motivates me a lot, thinking of how well we could have done and the fact that we’ll never know,” says junior Heather Arnett, “I think that we can do the same this year, even win it, if we get the chance.”

Frontenac lost five players from that final four team

This new group is picking up the slack with five players scoring 8 or more points per game.

“We knew coming in that we would be a better team if we could split the ability to score,” Fields adds, “The girls have bought into that unselfish aspect, and it’s really paid off.”

“You never know which girl is going to step up and have her best game every night,” Arnett says, “Whoever we put out there is just going to be ready to play.”

It’s a different team with different challenges, but the Raiders are hoping for the same result this season – earning a chance to make history and getting another shot at a state championship.

“This is the most challenging year we’ve ever had,” Fields says, “Yet, we have a group that has made this an easier process than any group we’ve ever had.”

“Everybody loves to win. I just really want to make this school proud,” Butcher finishes, “I really want to leave an impact on this school and I really want to make my last year here memorable.”

Frontenac will be back on the floor on Monday night at home against Girard.