Brooke Borich is the only returning starter from last year's Fort Frye Lady Cadet team that made it all the way to the state final four.
That experience appears to be paying huge dividends early in the season for the senior guard as Borich tossed in 22 points Saturday afternoon to pace the Cadets to a big 51-39 victory over the previously unbeaten Columbus Northland Lady Vikings at the Ohio River Classic at Ban Johnson Arena.
Borich hit five three-pointers including four in the opening half and the Lady Cadets came up with the type of win that should prove beneficial to them later in the season when the postseason rolls around.
Ironically in the first half, Borich's four treys were the only field goals made by the Cadets who some how managed to take a 20-18 lead into intermission.
Megan Liedtke made all seven of her free throw attempts in the first half and a lone make from the charity stripe by Michelle Adkins were the only points scored by the red white and blue in the first 16 minutes.
Borich converted on a pair of free throws to open the second half but a free throw by Brooklyn Peterson and a bucket by Carli Codner-Pinto closed the Cadet lead to 22-21.
FORT FRYE 51 COLUMBUS NORTHLAND 39
at Ban Johnson Arena
Northland 9 9 8 13 - 39
Fort Frye 8 12 10 21 - 51
Ariel Skipper 3-4 1-2 8, Armani Skipper 1-4 0-0 3, Taylor Pearson 1-1 0-0 2, Aliyah Colvin 0-0 0-0 0, Brooklyn Peterson 3-15 4-8 12, Miesha Howard 1-4 2-4 4, Carli Codner-Pinto 4-12 1-1 10, Totals: 13-40 8-15 39
Fort Frye (7-1)
Michelle Adkins 0-3 1-1 1, Katie Hart 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Enochs 2-4 4-5 8, Shawntell Parsons 0-3 3-6 3, Brooke Borich 5-11 7-8 22, Makayla Liedtke 2-4 0-0 4, Megan Liedtke 2-6 9-11 13, Totals: 11-31 24-31 51.
Northland: Shooting: 13-40 (32.5 percent) Three-Point Shooting: 5-18 (27.8 percent), (Peterson 2, Ariel Skipper 1, Armani Skipper 1, Codner-Pinto 1), Rebounds: 18 (Howard 5), Assists: 4, Steals: 9 (Ariel Skipper 5), Turnovers: 18, Team Fouls: 21.
Fort Frye: Shooting:11-31 (35.5 percent), Three-Point Shooting: 5-17 (29.4 percent) (Borich 5), Rebounds: 30 (Megan Liedtke 11, Makayla Liedtke 6, Enochs 6), Assists: 10 (Borich 3), Steals: 8 (Megan Liedtke 3, Makayla Liedtke 3), Turnovers: 18, Team Fouls: 15.
Next game: River at Fort Frye January 6.
The Fort threatened several times in the third to pull away from the Vikes, but each time Northland found a way to answer.
A three-pointer by Ariel Skipper early in the final quarter closed the lead to a lone point once again but Borich answered with three-pointer number five to give the Cadets 35-31.
After a stop on the defensive end, the Cadets finally began to open up some daylight as Megan Liedtke went strong to the basket for a three-point play to give the Cadets their biggest lead of the second half at 38-31.
An Alexis Enochs free throw stretched the lead to nine and the Cadets took care of things at the free throw line the rest of the way to notch their seventh consecutive victory.
Fort Frye made good on 24-of-31 attempts at the charity stripe in the game including nine-of-10 in the games final three minutes to drop Northland's season mark to 8-1.
While Borich's 22 led all scores, Liedtke chipped in with a double-double as the junior yanked down 11 rebounds to go along with 13 points.
Peterson led the Lady Vikings with 12 points while Codner-Pinto reached double figures with 10.
The win improved the Dan Liedtke-led Lady Cadets to 7-1 on the season.
Fort Frye will get a little breather through the holidays before returning to host River in a Pioneer Valley Conference match up on Jan. 6.