Cadets deck Cards: Fort Frye girls top Sandy Valley 56-34

CAMBRIDGE – Fort Frye jumped out to a big first half lead and then coasted to a 56-34 victory over the Sandy Valley Lady Cardinals Thursday evening in a Division III sectional tournament clash at Cambridge High School.

Sophomore Alexis Enochs scored eight points in the opening quarter to lead the Cadets to a 12-point lead and senior Brooke Borich tossed in 15 second quarter points as the Fort stretched its lead to a commanding 38-11 lead at the intermission.

Enochs scored the final three points of the first quarter and the opening score of the second before Borich scored eight consecutive points to make it a 23-2 game early in the second quarter.

As usual the Cadets played very tough man-to-man defense in the first half as they forced 14 Cardinal turnovers, many of which resulted in easy buckets at the opposite end of the court.

“The first thing we tried to do was really set the tone of the game with our defense,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “Their (Sandy Valley) guards really like to penetrate and we really worked hard to keep them from getting the ball inside.”

The Lady Cards scored five consecutive points on a three-ball by Alyssa Sickafoose and a deuce by Cortney Huffman to cut the lead to 19, but Fort Frye closed out the first half on a 15-4 run to have things well in hand by the break.

Borich and Enochs combined for 30 of the 38 Cadet points in the half and while the Cadets have become accustomed to big scoring performances by Borich, the offensive out burst by Enochs was welcomed by the Cadet head coach.

“She really hit the boards hard and ran the floor hard as well,” said Liedtke of Enochs, who paced the Cadets in steals with six, in assists with three, while tying Megan Liedtke for the team lead in rebounds with nine. “Thats the way we need Alexis to play in the tournament. She was really focused.”

Baskets by Megan Liedtke, Enochs and a triple by Borich opened the third quarter much the way the Fort finished the first and despite Sandy Valley scoring 23-of-the final-34 points of the game, the Cadets still finished with the 22-point victory.

Borich led all scorers with 23 points including four three-balls, while Enochs chipped in with 16.

“We played really good defense and everybody did a good job rebounding tonight,” said Enochs of the victory. “I was just being aggressive and was able to get some rebounds and my teammates got me a lot of open shots.”

Sandy Valley was paced by Alivia Schneider’s 11 points while Sickafoose drained three form behind the arc to finish with nine.

The Cadets, who improved to 19-4 on the season with the win, will now turn their attention to their next tournament game against St. Clairsville next Thursday evening in Steubenville.

Liedtke got a first hand look at St.Clairsville Monday night when the number five seed knocked off number four seed Ridgewood 60-52 to punch their ticket to Steubenville.

“They are a very hard working, blue collar team,” said Dan Liedtke of his next opponent. “They play hard the whole game and don’t quit and they are playing with a lot of confidence right now.”