Senior Night Glory: Borich, Parsons help lead Fort Frye to victory
BEVERLY -Fort Frye had never lost a home conference game in the four-year career’s of Brooke Borich and Shawntell Parsons heading into Wednesday evening’s regular season finale against River.
The two seniors did their part to keep that perfect record intact as they combined to drill seven three-pointers as the Lady Cadets rolled to a 62-20 victory over the Pilots on senior night at Fort Frye High School.
Borich hit three consecutive three-pointers to send the Cadets out to a 9-1 lead early in the game while Parsons knocked down all three of her treys in a second half that saw Fort Frye outscore River by a 44-9 margin.
“Those two have had such great success here at Fort Frye and they have been so much of a part of this tradition,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “They are such a big part of this family and I hate to think that this was their last game here at home.”
After Borich’s three-point barrage to open the game, the Fort went cold in the second quarter as they scored just seven points, allowing the Lady Pilots to creep within seven points at the intermission.
“We started off really well but we just really got out of sync offensively in that first half,” said Liedtke, who notched his 100th career victory as girls head coach on Monday evening when the Cadets defeated Monroe Central. “We snapped out of it in the second half and played really well.”
Parsons knocked down her first three-pointer of the game to open the second half for FF but River’s Jensen Caretti scored five straight Pilot points to trim the lead to 25-16 with four minutes to play in the third.
Fort Frye’s Megan Liedtke was held scoreless in the first half by the River defense, but the junior got things rolling in the third period in a big way.
Liedtke’s triple off of an assist from Michelle Adkins pushed the lead to 12 and after Adkins made one-of-two freebies, Liedtke scored back-to-back baskets off of offensive rebounds to extend the Cadet lead to 35-16 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Cadets out rebounded River by a healthy 41-18 margin with Megan Liedtke and her sister Makayla accounting for 27 of those boards.
Parsons began the fourth period just the way she did the third as she drained a long range jumper and Kati Hart followed with a bucket to increase the lead to 40-16.
Megan Liedtke connected on her second three-ball of the game and lay-ups by Borich and Makayla Liedtke increased the lead to 30 and put an exclamation point on a perfect Pioneer Valley Conference season for the Cadets.
Fort Frye totaled 11 three-pointers in the game and no less than six girls connected on at least one shot from behind the arc.
Megan Liedtke scored all of her game-high 16 points in the final 16 minutes while pulling down 18 boards to lead the way for the Fort while Borich finished with 14 in her final home game.
Sophomore Alexis Enochs had a strong game as well for the Lady Cadets as she finished with ten points while Parsons ended up with nine points and seven rebounds.
Caretti led the way with 11 points for River (13-7), while Landyn Ramsay ended the night with six points on a pair of treys.
The Cadets closed out the regular season with a 17-4 record and now set their sights on Saturday afternoon’s district tournament opener against Coshocton at Cambridge High School.
Coach Liedtke feels his Cadets will need to play like they did in the second half if they want to make a run in the tournament like they did a season ago when they made it all the way to the Final Four in Columbus.
“The thing about it is, from here on out we can’t have a lapse like that in tournament play,” said the Cadet head coach, talking about the slow start. “We’ve got to come out ready to go and play and get in sync like we did in the second half tonight.”
Saturday’s game against Coshocton (2-18) is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip-off.