Warriors jump all over Fort Frye in 56-36 victory

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times Warren’s Josh Huffman backs down a Fort Frye defender during a high school boys basketball game Tuesday in Vincent.

VINCENT — Troy Huck provided the energy while Jared Hall and Josh Huffman provided the points as the Warren Warriors rolled to a 56-36 win Tuesday evening over the visiting Fort Frye Cadets at the Warrior Coliseum in Vincent.

Huck came up with six steals including four in the opening quarter while Hall and Huffman combined for 33 points as Warren scored their third consecutive victory of the young season.

“We came out strong… Troy (Huck) got us off strong with a couple of big steals and Jared (Hall) played a solid, solid first half and Josh (Huffman) played like he always does,” said Warren head coach Blane Maddox. “I liked the way we handled ourselves tonight and I’m proud of the way we have bounced back.”

It didn’t take Huck long at all to energize the huge crowd at Warren High School as with the score tied at 2-2, he came up with his first steal and finished strong with a thunderous dunk to push the Warriors into the early lead.

Huffman followed by scoring his first bucket of the game with an assist from Noah Nichols and after a Grayson Schott basket cut the lead back to two, Warren scored six consecutive points including four by Huck to open up a 12-4 lead.

Later in the opening period Schott canned a triple to cut the lead to six but Nichols closed out the quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play to give Warren an 18-9 lead.

Hall and Cadet junior Devin Layton traded three-pointers to open the second quarter before Warren went on a 8-2 run to extend their lead to 15 capped by a three-point play by Huffman.

The Warriors continued to increase their lead before Schott’s basket right before the end of the half sent the Cadets to the locker room trailing33-17.

The usually fundamentally sound Cadets struggled to take care of the basketball in the opening half as they committed 16 turnovers.

“Warren came out very aggressive and we didn’t handle it very well,” said Cadet head coach Eric Henniger, “Normally we do a good job with it but they were the first aggressive defense we have seen and we really struggled.”

The Warriors came out in the second half with a different strategy as they became very patient on offense trying to slow down the pace of the game and deny Fort Frye any chance to get into a rhythm.

“We could have tried to open that game up but we didn’t want to give them the opportunity to hit a bunch of three-pointers in a row and get back in the game,” said Maddox. “We wanted to shorten the game up a little bit and did a good job of it.”

Fort Frye would be unable to get any closer than 16 points the rest of the way as they suffered their first loss of the season.

Hall led all scorers with 17 points while Huffman chipped in with 16 for the Warriors who improved to 3-1.

“We were really locked in on defense and were able to limit their second chance points,” said Hall, who dished out three assists in the game. “We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and we were able to get a lot of pressure on them.”

Schott was the only Cadet to reach double figures as the senior finished with 12.

The majority of the Fort Frye roster were also members of the very successful football team that advanced in the playoffs which has left them a little bit behind many of their opponents in terms of practice time.

“Our football team always does very well and some of them still have football legs and some injuries that they are dealing with,’ said Henniger. “No excuses though because that is not the reason we lost by 20 points.”

Both teams will return to action Friday with Fort Frye hosting Shenandoah and the Warriors traveling to Belpre.