It was hard to tell by the final score of Friday's 54-35 Frontier win over Copan, but at halftime of the Class A girls state tournament semifinal, Frontier was in a hole.
“We finally started playing like we wanted to win instead of just barely playing,” Frontier coach Clay Stephens said.
Frontier trailed by eight at the half and needed to score the final four points before the break just to get that close.
After a strong talk with his team, though, the Mustangs dominated after the break, outscoring Copan 37-10 after the break to blow the game open.
Marissa Goodman scored 22 points to lead all scorers. Jalissa Gum added 16 and Darrian Black 12.
Hayley Bryan led Copan (23-6) with 18 points.
Frontier (24-7) will play Okarche at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship.
The Mustangs last made the title game in 2005, when Jenna Plumley carried them to the title.