Prep girls basketball: Fort Frye defeats Trail

BEVERLY – Fort Frye spotted visiting Buckeye Trail the first point of the game and then reeled off 20 unanswered points as it rolled to a 58-19 Pioneer Valley Conference girls’ basketball win Thursday evening.

The Lady Cadets, who had not been on the hardwood in some 12 days, showed very little signs of rust as they held the Warriors to single digit points in all four quarters of the game.

Five different Lady Cadet players made at least one three-pointer in the opening half as the Fort jumped out to a 31-5 lead at the intermission.

“It’s been awhile since we played and it’s always hard coming off of a long lay off like that,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “I wanted them to come out and play four good quarters and I thought they did a pretty good job of that.”

Catie Smith gave the Lady Warriors the early lead with a free throw but the red white and blue closed out the first quarter on a 12-0 run sparked by triples from senior Brooke Borich and freshman Makayla Liedtke.

Megan Liedtke opened up the second quarter with an inside bucket with an assist from her sister Makayla, who followed with her second trey of the first half.

Michelle Adkins, Alexis Enochs and Shawntell Parsons each connected form long range in a second quarter that saw the Lady Cadets outscore Buckeye Trail by a 19-4 margin.

Dan Liedtke feels that having so many girls on the floor with the ability to score is a major asset for his team.

“Everyone of our girls out there can score. We have a pretty powerful team offensively,” said Liedtke of his team, that connected on 7-of-16 three point attempts in the game. “I think teams that have one or two scorers on the floor are pretty easy to defend but when put a bunch of girls out there that can contribute, then you really have something.”

Fort Frye added to their lead by winning the third quarter by a 17-7 count and cruised to their ninth straight victory.

Megan Liedtke put together an outstanding all around performance for the Lady Cadets as the junior forward tossed in a game high 16 points to go along with nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Parsons added 15 points while Makayla Liedtke and Borich finished with eight and seven points respectively.

While Trail struggled from the free throw line (5-for-14), the Lady Cadets were near perfect from the stripe as they connected on 15-of-16 attempts.

The Lady Cadets also cleaned up on the boards as they out rebounded the Warriors 28-14, including a combined 16 from the Liedtke sisters.

As the season reaches the midway point, Liedtke likes the way things are beginning to take shape for his young team.

“This is the time of season right now that a team needs to mold together,” said the Cadet head coach. “We just have to keep working and working if we want to meet some of our goals.”

The win improved the Cadets mark on the season to 9-1 including a perfect 7-0 in the PVC.

Next up for Fort Frye is a rematch with Waterford at home on Saturday night, exactly two weeks removed from the Fort’s 53-45 thrilling double overtime win over the Lady Wildcats.