Fort on fire: Lady Cadets cruise to 67-36 victory over Frontier

NEW MATAMORAS – Judging from the performance of the Fort Frye Lady Cadets in the second half of Thursday night’s game at Frontier, head coach Dan Liedtke might want to move his halftime speech to before the start of the game the next time his girls take the floor.

Leading by just three points at 20-17 at the intermission, the Lady Cadets outscored the Cougars by a healthy 47-19 margin in the second half to pull away to a 67-36 victory for their sixth consecutive win.

“Frontier is a very good team and we knew we were going to get their best shot tonight,” said Liedtke. “We really struggled in that first half but we regrouped and I was really pleased with the way the girls responded in the second half.”

For a pair of teams that both came into the game sporting five game winning streaks, the first half was anything but pretty as both teams shot below 25 percent in the first 16 minutes.

10 of the 17 points scored by the Cougars in the first half came at the free throw line, while Fort Frye connected on just 6-of-26 field goal attempts in the first half including two-of-11 from long range.

That all changed for the Cadets in the second half.

A 12-4 run to open the quarter was sparked by six points by junior Megan Liedtke and after Frontier got an inside score from Kelsea Daugherty to close the lead to 32-23, the Fort closed the quarter with a 14-2 run to claim a commanding 46-25 lead after three quarters of play.

“They just kind of broke us down defensively in that third quarter,” said second year Lady Cougar head coach Scott Murphy. “We played really hard in that first half and used up a lot of energy and I think we came out a step slow.”

The Cadets continued to add onto their lead in the final period as they closed with a 21-11 finish to turn the three-point lead into a 31 point victory.

Senior guard Brooke Borich led the way for the Cadets with 20 points, including four from behind the arc.

“Brooke (Borich) gets on a roll sometimes and really gets us going,” said Dan Liedtke of his floor leader who also dished out three assists in the game. “We look to her for a lot of leadership on the floor.”

Megan Liedtke joined Borich in double figures with 18 points and a team high seven rebounds, while Michelle Adkins added nine points.

Both teams spent a vast amount of their time at the charity stripe as they shot 56 free throws between the two.

Fort Frye made good on 22-of-28 from the foul line while Frontier hit on just 17-of -28.

Liedtke was a perfect seven-for-seven from the line while Adkins made good on six-of-seven attempts.

Freshman Lexi Brookover led the way for Frontier with 13 points while Daugherty added 10 markers to go along with seven boards.

Murphy felt his freshman played very well in her first high school match up against a very tough Lady Cadet squad.

“I thought Lexi (Brookover) did a really good job especially as a freshman,” said Murphy. “I thought she really stepped up and played well.”

The Cougars, who slipped to 5-2 with the loss, will travel to Magnolia on Monday night while the (6-1) Cadets will take on a very good Northland team Saturday afternoon in the Ohio River Classic at Marietta College.

“It’s going to be a good challenge against the type of team we are going to have to play if we want to go to that next level,” said Dan Liedtke of the match up scheduled for 12:30. “I think our team is ready for it.”