Runaway win: Fort Frye girls defeat Caldwell 77-20

BEVERLY – Fort Frye’s game against Caldwell Thursday night was not a 3-point contest, although that did appear to be the case early on.

The Lady Cadets made seven 3s in the first half, 11 total for the game and picked up 15 of their first 22 points in the game via the 3-ball in what ended as a 77-20 Fort Frye triumph.

Brooke Borich was 6-for-9 from beyond the arch and put up a game-high 22 points while Michelle Adkins made 4-of-4 3-point attempts and totaled 13 points.

For good measure, forwards Megan Liedtke and Alexis Enochs added 15 and 11 points, respectively, to give Fort Frye a solid inside-out game. Shawntell Parsons chipped in 13 markers, putting all five Cadets starters in double figures for the game.

“Everybody’s capable of scoring on this team,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “A lot of good rhythm stuff going on tonight.

“All those girls are capable of stepping up whenever we need them.”

When the Lady Cadets weren’t sinking buckets, they made sure Caldwell didn’t either. The Lady Redskins could only muster eight field goals against the stingy Fort Frye defense and had trouble taking care of the ball, turning it over 23 times.

Fort Frye, which shot 57 percent (29-for-51) from the floor, also held a 29-13 advantage on the boards, essentially dominating every aspect of the game.

“I wanted us to play at our level with a lot of intensity,” Dan Liedtke said.

“I thought the Caldwell girls played hard, which I was glad about. It made us have to work which is what I wanted to see.”

Borich scored the Cadets’ first 11 points on three triples and a fastbreak layup. After Enochs grabbed a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup, Adkins dialed in from long range to make it a 16-2 game.

With 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the opening quarter, Parsons was fouled on a layup and added the free throw to convert the 3-point play before Borich connected on her fourth trey of the game to give the Cadets a 20-point lead, 22-2.

Megan Devol intercepted a pass at half-court and took it the rest of the way for a layup, but Megan Liedtke answered with a drive and a layup at the buzzer to maintain the 20-point advantage.

The lead would grow to 30 by the end of the first half. After Devol dropped in a floater to open the second period, Fort Frye scored 10 unanswered to go up 34-6. Adkins and Borich each hit 3s to pace the 10-0 run.

With 2:07 left in the half, Lexy Schell splashed a mid-range jumper before Parsons and Devol traded baskets to make the score 36-10. The Cadets scored the final four points of the half, capped by a 2-point jump-shot from Borich, to take a 30-point lead, 40-10, into halftime.

The second half was nearly identical, with Fort Frye outscoring Caldwell 37-10 in the final two quarters to improve to 8-0 in the Pioneer Valley Conference and 12-1 overall.

Caldwell, which was led by Devol’s eight points, dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-8 in the PVC.

Fort Frye has a tough matchup against Columbus Beechcroft Saturday in the Route 40 Classic at West Muskingum High School. Caldwell’s next contest will be Monday at home against River.