Cadets edged in district final by Shadyside, 46-44

CAMBRIDGE — Saturday’s Division IV district final between Fort Frye and Shadyside came down to the wire.

With the Tigers holding a 46-44 lead in the final seconds, the Cadets got a shot off at the buzzer but it was off the mark as Shadyside held on to advance to the “Sweet 16.”

Fort Frye, which finished its season 21-5, tied the game up at 36-all on Liv Schneider’s 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter.

Shadyside regained the lead and never relinquished it after Baylee Wach’s basket made it 38-36.

Tori Hendershot then hit two free-throws for the Tigers, but Morgan Borich answered with her fourth trey of the game to cut the deficit to one.

Wach and Hendershot hit back-to-back buckets to make it 44-39, but Borich knocked down a jumper to get Fort Frye within three, 44-41.

With 18 seconds left, Karlee Ross’ two foul shots trimmed Shadyside’s lead to 45-44, but Hendershot was fouled on the other end and made one of two freebies in what ended up being the final point of the game.

Wach led all scorers with 19 points. Hendershot had 10 for the Tigers while Jaycee Mayeres netted seven.

Borich led Fort Frye with 14 points. Schneider added 10 and Kenzie Dalton tallied nine.

Fort Frye trailed 9-3 in the first quarter, but a basket by Dalton and a 3 by Lexie Huck made it a one-point game. The Cadets tied it at 10-10 on Schneider’s basket to open the second quarter and took a five-point lead when Borich hit a 3 and Dalton converted a steal into a layup.

Shadyside’s Sydnie Destifanes and Borich traded trifectas before the Tigers scored 10 straight points to go up 23-18. It was 27-22 at halftime.

Wach’s 3 in the third quarter put the Tigers up 30-23 for their biggest lead of the game. But Kiersten Kesselring’s layup and Borich’s 3-pointer quickly got Fort Frye back in the game.

Wach made another 3 but Dalton answered with a basket-and-one to make it 33-31.

Brooke Selmon then knocked down a triple before Schneider answered with a basket to make it 36-33 going into the final eight minutes.

Shadyside (22-4) will play in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday at Pickerington North.