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Frontenac 59, Louisburg 57

With less than eight minutes left in the game, the Louisburg boys basketball team was well on its way to a third straight victory – that was until Frontenac decided to make one final run of its own. Frontenac scored 11 straight points to take the lead, and after Louisburg’s Ben Guetterman tied it up on a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left, the Raiders’ Hayden Pile scored the game-winner with two seconds remaining and the Wildcats fell in a 59-57 heartbreaker Saturday in Louisburg. It was a back-and-forth affair as the two teams each made runs at each other, but the Raiders were able to deliver the final blow. Frontenac struck first as the Raiders took a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Wildcats were able to find a groove offensively in the second and third quarters. Louisburg (3-4) scored 21 points in the second quarter and used a 13-4 run to end the first half to take a 32-29 halftime advantage. Michael Waldron and Ben Guetterman hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and a Weston Guetterman layup cut the Frontenac lead to two. Ben Guetterman hit his second of four 3-pointers on the night, while Julian Margrave knocked down a basket to give the Wildcats the halftime advantage. Waldron and Ben Guetterman knocked down two more 3-pointers in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a six-point lead late. Louisburg held a 48-40 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Frontenac went on an 11-0 run to go up 51-48. Louisburg cut the deficit to 57-54 after a pair of Weston Guetterman free throws with 26 seconds left. After Frontenac missed two free throws, the Wildcats had a chance to tie the game and Ben Guetterman came through as he knocked down a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining. Frontenac called timeout, and then drove the ball down the floor where the Raiders found Pile under the basket for game-winner with two seconds left. Margrave led all scorers with a game-high 17 points and led Louisburg with eight rebounds. Ben Guetterman added 14 points in the loss, while Weston Guetterman added 10 to go along with six rebounds. Waldron added eight points and a team-high four steals. The Wildcats shot 39 percent for the game, including seven 3-pointers. They were also 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Louisburg will try and get back on track today when it travels to the Baldwin Invitational Tournament and will face off with Bishop Ward in the first round. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. LOU               11           21           14           11 – 57 FRON            16           13           11           19 – 59 LOUISBURG (3-4): Julian Margrave 7-15 2-2 17; Ben Guetterman 5-10 0-0 14; Weston Guetterman 3-12 4-4 10; Michael Waldron 3-7 0-0 8; Garrett Rolofson 2-6 2-2 6; Konnor Vohs 0-1 2-2 2. Totals: 20-52 10-10 57. 3-point field goals: 7, (B. Guetterman 4, Waldron 2, Margrave)