Fort Frye girls upset Warren

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Morgan Borich looks to pass as Warren’s Kate Liston (1) and Caspen Ford (42) defend during a high school girls basketball game Monday in Beverly. Fort Frye won, 51-39.

BEVERLY — Fort Frye had been waiting for a performance like this all season.

Entering Monday’s game at an atypical 5-4, the Cadets put together one of their best performances of the season and upset Warren 51-39 in a non-conference game.

“It’s a really good win for this team,” said Fort Frye girls basketball coach Dan Liedtke. “It’s been a rough going for the girls at Fort Frye. We’ve had injuries and illness. We’re coming off a week off and we had a chance to lick our wounds and get better.”

Fort Frye (6-4) lost to Warren earlier in the season 44-37. On Monday night, the Cadets only trailed once – 3-2 early in the opening period. Fort Frye’s biggest lead of the night was 15 as the Cadets scored the first six points of the final quarter and led 46-31.

“Fort Frye does a great job of rebounding so you usually get just one shot,” said Warren coach Amy Colgrove. “Defense is where our breakdown was tonight, and we didn’t do a good job penetrating on offense. They are a better team than the first time we played them, and they handled our pressure well.”

With eight players seeing the floor and the starting five rarely leaving the court, Fort Frye got winded in the second half.

“We had to suck it up,” Liedtke said. “I could see with about four minutes to play they found a second wind. In other games this year we haven’t done that, but tonight they found it and it helped us get this win.”

Warren didn’t seem to have an answer for Fort Frye senior Tanner Booth. She had 13 points — all within five feet of the basket — to go with 15 rebounds.

“Tanner has a knack for the ball,” Liedtke said. “She gave us everything she had tonight.”

Liedtke was pleased with how his entire team played defense.

“We try to make our opponent as uncomfortable as possible on offense,” he said. “We want to keep them from getting into a rhythm and I think we did a good job of that.”

So Fort Frye played aggressive perimeter defense and Warren made just 26.3 percent (15 of 57) of its shots.

Colgrove was surprised by the poor shooting performance.

“They were equal opportunity misses,” she said. “We weren’t picky where we were going to miss.”

Fort Frye shot a much more respectable 20 of 51 (39.2 percent), and also outrebounded the Warriors 43-34.

“We need to keep playing like this as the season moves on,” Liedtke said.

Fort Frye is back at it in a home game with Linsly at 7 p.m. Thursday, while Warren doesn’t play again until 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League game at Jackson.

Senior Makayla Liedtke had a strong second half and finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Morgan Borich added 10 points and five rebounds. Senior Katie Hart added six rebounds in the win.

Warren’s top scorer was Katie Rauch with 17 points.