Advance or go home: Fort Frye seeks win over Garaway in district semi tonight
For the second time in four days, the Cadets will play the Pirates in the district tournament.
Tonight it will be the boys teams going at it as Fort Frye is scheduled to face Garaway at Ohio University Eastern in a Division III district semifinal at 6.
Saturday, it was the girls teams from both schools who squared off, with the Lady Pirates topping the Lady Cadets 33-28 in a district championship. The boys are hoping for different results tonight, but it won’t be a cakewalk.
Garaway is 16-8 this season and finished tied for second in the Inter-Valley Conference with Malvern by posting a 12-4 mark. Malvern eliminated Caldwell 67-45 on Saturday while Hiland, which won the IVC, ousted Frontier 68-33 on Friday. The Cadets will look to end the theme of IVC teams besting Pioneer Valley Conference teams in the postseason.
Fort Frye (21-3) has yet to be tested in the tourney, disposing of West Muskingum and Harrison Central in its first two contests by a combined score of 135-72. The Cadets, whose biggest strength this season has been defense, gave up just 36 points in both games. They like to get up and down the floor, using their defensive pressure to generate turnovers which result in quick, easy baskets.
The Eric Henniger-coached Cadets are led by a pair of first team all-East district selections in Seth Legraen and Chandler Lang. Legraen leads Fort Frye with 17.4 points per game while Lang adds 10.9 markers a contest.
Fort Frye will also likely start guards Jordan Anderson and Carter Kiefer and center Logan Madison. Justin Anderson, Tyson Niceswanger, Devin Brooker and Colten Shuster all contribute off the bench.
Garaway also features two all-district performers. Sammy Gebhardt, a second team selection, leads the Pirates with 11.5 points per game while teammate Josh Werker, a third team honoree, tallies 9.2 points a contest.
Other key contributors for Garaway are Dallas Foster, Joel Henigford, Hunter Yoder, Ty Hamsher and Broc Beachy. The Pirates are coached by Dave Shutt.
A common opponent between both schools is St. Clairsville, which is also Garaway’s most recent win.
The Pirates topped the Devils 50-49 in double-overtime Friday for a sectional title. Fort Frye also edged St. Clairsville by a point, but way back on Dec. 22 in the Ohio River Classic at Ban Johnson Arena. If those games are any indication, tonight’s showdown figures to be a tight one.