WAKEFIELD — Carter Kingsbury and a whole lot of free throws knocked upstart Wakefield from the unbeaten ranks here Tuesday in Lewis & Clark Conference action, 56-43.

Kingsbury finished with 25 points, including a 9-for-9 overall performance from the foul line and a six-for-six showing in the final eight minutes of the contest.

"I hate to make it so simple," Ponca head coach Adam Poulosky said. "But we made a lot of free throws tonight."

The Indians canned 21-of-23 gifters on the night to improve to 9-2 while the Trojans lost their first game of the season and fell to 9-1.

"Free throws were definitely the difference," Wakefield coach Joe Wendte said. "They made theirs and we just need to realize we need to capitalize on our chances at the line as well."

The Trojans shot 21 shots from the line but only converted 11 of the free tosses throughout the game. They went only one-for-six in the pivotal third quarter.

Wakefield was down by eight after Kingsbury hit a shot down low after getting the ball on the left block to make it 31-23.

Solomon Peitz made a bucket after taking a pass from Justin Erb to bring Wakefield to within six, and Peitz hit again with 5:53 left in the frame to make it 33-27.

Even with their poor free throw shooting in the quarter, the Trojans still only trailed 39-33 when the quarter expired.

Peitz hit one of two charity tosses to open the final eight minutes and then Blake Brown hit Erb across the court on a fast break to make it 39-36 with 7:18 left on the clock.

The Indians took control from there.

Evan Anderson hit a pair of free throws to make it 41-36 and then Gage McGill hit a three with 5:32 left to make it 44-37 for Ponca.

"We had some guys step up tonight," Poulosky said. "Carter got his points, but Evan (Anderson) made some drives to the basket and Gage (McGill) hit a huge three."

Anderson drove to the basket again just under a minute later and was fouled while scoring a lay in. He converted the conventional three-point play and the Ponca lead hit double-digits.

Erb canned a three to bring the Trojans to within 47-40, but the Indians made seven-of-nine free throws the rest of the way to come away with the 13-point win.

"They got us in a little foul trouble because we left our feet when guarding them," Wendte said. "We told our guys Ponca knew how to step to the line and finish the game. We need to get there and finish these games against a really good team."

In the girls' game, Ponca raced to a 17-2 lead in the opening quarter and led 35-14 at the half on the way to a win, 59-30, over Wakefield-Allen and improve to 9-2.

Boys game

Ponca 15 14 10 17 — 56

Wakefield 12 10 10 11 — 43

PONCA (9-2):  Gage McGill 3 3-4 10; Brandon Kneifl 2 4-4 8; Paul Masin 1 0-1 2; Carter Kingsbury 7 9-9 25; Jayde Reid 1 0-0 2; Evan Anderson 2 5-5 9.

WAKEFIELD (9-1): Justin Erb 4 2-2 12; Blake Brown 2 0-2 5; Solomon Peitz 6 7-13 20; Dylon Harder 0 2-4 2; Esgar Godinez 2 0-0 4.

Girls game

Ponca 17 18 13 11 — 59

Wakefield-Allen 2 12 10 6 — 30

PONCA (9-2): Alyssa Crosgrove 4 0-0 10; Maggie McGill 0 2-2 2; Kaci Day 6 7-10 20; Grace Salmen 0 1-2 1; Bree Gill 2 0-0 4; Sydni Hughes 2 0-0 4; Kortney Fethkenher 1 1-2 3; Morgan Nelson 1 0-0 2; Taylor Lamprecht 4 3-3 11; Lauryn Gill 1 0-0 2.

WAKEFIELD-ALLEN (3-7): Carly Dickens 2 0-0 6; Haley Stapleton 1 0-0 2; Jamie Dolph 0 2-2 2; Rachel Borg 1 0-0 2; Kassidy Brudigam 1 0-0 2; Jessica Borg 1 2-4 5; Aishah Valenzuela 1 0-1 2; Jordyn Carr 2 1-4 5; Courtney Bokemper 0 0-2 0; Maddie Mogus 1 0-0 2; Anna Lundahl 1 0-0 2.