Warren girls down Fort Frye, 44-30

BEVERLY — Warren girls basketball head coach Amy Colgrove wasn’t going to complain.

A win is a win, right — even if you don’t feel your team played that well?

“I don’t know if I’ve ever won here before,” said Colgrove following a 44-30 Warrior victory at Fort Frye Saturday evening. “It wasn’t a pretty game. We didn’t execute well on offense or defense. But it’s never been easy to win here, so we’re all happy.”

On the flip side, Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke wasn’t too upset with the loss. With three freshmen starting and after shooting an abysmal 21.4 percent, Liedtke saw some positives.

“We had a lot of good ingredients out there,” he said. “Warren can really score and to hold them to 44 points — we did a great job on defense. Everything was there, but we just have to hit some of those shots. Those were shots we’ve made all year, but we just couldn’t get them tonight.”

Warren’s Kate Liston, who scored 12 points, had a little to do with the Cadets’ shooting woes. Guarding Morgan Borich, one of Fort Frye’s top scorers, the junior guard was held to 1-of-10 shooting and just two points.

“I thought she did a phenomenal job on Morgan,” Colgrove said. “Morgan is a dangerous player, and Kate worked very hard on the defensive end.”

The Warriors (7-3) made 42.1 percent of their baskets and built a 15-point halftime lead that was hard for the Cadets (8-3) to overcome. Warren only trailed in the first quarter when Fort Frye scored the first four points of the game, but the Warriors made four 3-point baskets — two by Liston — for a 12-5 advantage.

Warren’s Emily Jackson led all scorers with 14 points, while Peyton Bowe had six rebounds. The Warriors are now focused on playing one of the state’s best girls teams — Waterford — on Monday in Vincent.

“We’re going to have to bring a lot more intensity and play better against Waterford,” Colgrove said.

Fort Frye did get some offensive production from Kelsey Adkins, who made 3-of-4 3-pointers for 10 total points, while Karlee Ross added nine points — seven from the foul line. Adkins also had six rebounds, to go with six more from Borich.

The Cadets looked better in the second half as they outscored Warren 18-17.

“We’ll go home tonight knowing that our shooting kept us out of this game, but we still only lost by 14 after a poor shooting night,” Liedtke said. “I was pleased with the competitiveness of the girls.”