Shenandoah too much for Frontier

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Frontier’s Brent West (50) goes up for a basket as Shenandoah’s Chase Chicwak (35) defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday in New Matamoras.

NEW MATAMORAS — While Frontier High struggled, visiting Shenandoah High steamrolled to a 60-27 triumph in a Pioneer Valley Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night.

“We can’t score,” said FHS head coach Roger Kirkpatrick. “Ever since the Caldwell game, and even against Beallsville in the first half, we can’t score.”

Shon Howell led Frontier (1-3 overall, 0-3 PVC) with 12 points, while Brent West chipped in with eight. Only two other Cougars — Wade Smitley (4) and Logan Brookover (3) — scored. As a team, FHS shot 25 percent from the floor.

“We’re going to have to find out what’s wrong,” Kirkpatrick said. “We missed a lot of layups. We’re going to have to get better. I don’t know what the answer is.”

Shenandoah, 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the PVC, was paced by Nick Miller’s 19 points. Non-starter Colby Farmer added a career-high 17 markers, and Kendal Sherman netted eight.

“That (offense) hasn’t necessarily been our strong point,” said SHS boss Marc Smith.

“I was pleased that we got in transition and got some easy baskets tonight. But that happened, because of our defensive effort. We’ve been really, really good defensively all year, and our kids have bought into that.”

Sparked by Miller’s seven points and Clint Wikander’s six, the Zeps staked themselves to a 17-4 first-quarter advantage. The Cougars were just two-of-12 from the floor during the opening eight minutes.

In the second period, West had Frontier’s lone bucket as Shenandoah stretched its lead to 28-8 at halftime. Sherman scored all eight of his points during the second eight minutes of action.

“Shenandoah’s good,” Kirkpatrick said. “But we missed a ton of easy shots in the first half.”

Said Smith, “We’re physical, athletic, and pretty strong. We can come after you in a lot of different ways.”

Frontier was competitive in the third quarter with Howell and West scoring six and four points, respectively.

But Miller was red hot, making five buckets, as the Zeps outpointed the Cougars, 16-12, for a 44-20 lead.

“We cut it to 14 in the second half and then turned it over,” Kirkpatrick said.

Along with a subpar shooting performance, Frontier had trouble taking care of the basketball. FHS finished the contest with 14 turnovers.

“I think our pressure frustrated them (Cougars) a little bit,” Smith said. “You kind of saw it in their body language a little bit.”

With Farmer scoring nine points in the fourth quarter, Shenandoah won going away.

“We’re pretty happy, but we’ve got a lot of improvement to go,” Smith said.

Frontier is scheduled to host Bridgeport Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“My experience is that we’re going to have to slow it down and pound it inside — and score in the 30s and 40s to win,” Kirkpatrick said.