Prep basketball: Frontier uses 3 to beat Devils

NEW MATAMORAS – Drew Schneider had one of those games that he will remember for a long long time Monday night at Hank Morus Gymnasium.

The senior guard drilled nine three-pointers to equal the all-time single game team record as the Frontier Cougars drilled the Beallsville Blue Devils 89-46 Monday evening.

Schneider scored a career high 33 points as the suddenly white hot Cougars put on an offensive clinic to notch their second consecutive win.

Frontier also set an all-time team record by connecting on 20 triples with seven different Cougar players making at least one shot from behind the arc.

“We have a lot of kids on this team who can shoot the ball,” said Cougar head coach Roger Kirkpatrick of the long range assault by his team. “We shot the ball extremely well tonight.”

Leading by just a point at 14-13 late in the first quarter, Schneider began to heat up as he knocked down three trifectas in the final two minutes of the opening quarter to give his team a 23-15 lead.

Schneider opened the second quarter with another long range connection before Levi Cochran came off the bench to join in the fun by drilling consecutive 3s to send the lead to 34-15.

Beallsville made six three-pointers in the game including four by Chad Louden, with one of them coming midway through the second quarter to trim the lead to 37-19, but the Cougars answered with 3s by Nick Camino, Jeremiah Helmick and Jacob Bradford to stretch the lead to 46-24 at intermission.

With Beallsville big man Dalton Secrest manning the middle, Kirkpatrick and his Cougars developed what would prove to be an outstanding game plan.

“We knew with the big kid (Secrest) that we weren’t going to be able to go inside,” said the veteran Cougar head coach. “We knew we had to get out and push it.”

A pair of free throws by Secrest cut the Cougar lead to 50-27 early in the second half but a three-ball by junior Rodney Barnes and three more by Schneider closed out the third period with the Cougars leading by 36 points at 70-34.

“We moved the ball really well as a team tonight,” said Schneider, who is now tied with Jacob Walker and Jeff Joy for the all-time Cougar single game three-point record. “It was just one of those games where everybody was hitting shots.”

Schneider also dished out a game high seven assists for the Cougars who shot an even fifty percent in the game from both inside and behind the arc.

They may need to replace the nets at Frontier High School as the past two games the Cougars (3-5) have scored 164 points compared to just 93 by their opponents while draining an impressive 33 triples along the way.

Joining Schneider in double figures were Barnes with 14, Metheney with 11 and Helmick with 10, while Cochran chipped in with three triples for nine points.

Secrest had an outstanding all around game for the Devils (2-4) as he notched 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Louden and Tristan Palmer finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Next up for Kirkpatrick and his Cougars is a trip to Waterford to take on good friend Tom Simms and his undefeated Wildcats.

“We are going up there Friday night to give Waterford our best shot,” said Kirkpatrick.

“They are a very good team so we will have to continue to do the things we have done in the past few games.”