Warren finishes comeback
Warriors win after trailing by 20 after a period
VINCENT — Warren High went from a nightmare start to a dream-come-true finish.
Down 20 at the end of one, the Warriors re-grouped and rallied to defeat visiting Fort Frye High, 50-48, Monday night in non-conference girls’ basketball action.
“I am so proud of this team,” said WHS head coach Amy Colgrove. “That was amazing to be able to come back from that.
“We’re young, and we just kept fighting. No matter who I put in there, it was a team effort.”
Olivia Alloway paced the Warrior comeback with a game-high 23 points, including six triples.
“Alloway hit some hugh 3s there for us,” Colgrove said.
Molly Grayson added 11 points for the royal blue and white cagers, who improved their record to 7-5 overall.
“I thought Andrea Place did a fantastic job, and so did Savannah Banks and Caspen Ford,” Colgrove said. “Them coming off the bench and the lift that they had, they gave our other players a break. Overall, especially from the way we started, it was great.”
Fort Frye (10-2) was led by Morgan Borich’s 15 points. Hannah Archer chipped in with 10, while Kiersten Kesselring netted nine.
Borich scored 10 points and Archer 8 as Fort staked itself to 27-7 first-quarter advantage. The Cadets shot a blistering 79 percent (11-14) from the floor.
“We got off to a good start,” said FFHS boss Dan Liedtke.
“Then, we just let our guard down, and let them (Warriors) get their momentum. That’s a heck of a team. You can’t let your guard down, and it completely flipped. When two good teams play each other, it’s going to go back and forth.”
Sparked by three Alloway triples in the second quarter, Warren outpointed Fort 17-7, and trailed 34-24 at the intermission.
“Once our tempo started picking up, we started knocking down some shots,” Colgrove said. “And the momemtum kind of switched our way. It all stemmed from our defense.”
Never was that more evident than in the third quarter when the Warriors blanked the Cadets, 16-0, and took is first lead of the contest on Sommer Saboley’s steal and layup at the 1:51 mark. Then, with time winding down, Place and Alloway each scored a bucket to give WHS a 40-34 advantage going into the final period.
Early in the fourth quarter, Kenzie Dalton scored Fort’s first points of the second half on a runner in the lane to cut it to four. Borich then scored a deuce, but Alloway responded with a 3 and Madison Miller converted two freebies to make it 45-38.
The Cadets battled back and reduced the defict to three, 49-46, on a Borich trifecta.
Then, with 24 seconds left, Karlee Ross made two clutch foul shots to cut it to one.
In the closing second, both teams committed a turnover, And, Alloway converted 1 of 2 from the line.
With time about to expire, Borich’s long perimeter shot was off the mark.
“I thought we had the wave there coming at the end,” Liedtke said. “We had it coming back at the end, but we hadn’t had no momentum for a while until right there at the end of the fourth quarter.”