Fort Frye defeats Caldwell in PVC opener, 63-23

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Morgan Borich, left, defends against Caldwell’s Hallie Morgenstern during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Beverly.

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High was hard to guard.

With five cagers scoring in double digits, the Cadets defeated visiting Caldwell High, 63-23, in Pioneer Valley Conference girls’ basketball action Thursday night.

“I’m really happy with the balance,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke. “But with this team here, that doesn’t surprise me at all. We’ve got weapons here. There’s a lot of offensive power.”

Olivia Schneider led the Cadets with 12 points and six steals. Morgan Borich, Kiersten Kesselring, and non-starter Hannah Archer each added 11 markers, while Lexie Huck had 10 — all in the first half. Karlee Ross chipped in with eight points.

Kesselring also had seven rebounds and seven assists, both game-highs.

As a team, Fort Frye (2-0 overall, 1-0 PVC) shot 37 percent (22-59) from the floor.

“We did not shoot the ball well tonight,” Liedtke said. “We struggled with that. I think it affected us some on the defensive end, too.

“We were getting the shots. No doubt about that. But they weren’t falling.”

Caldwell (1-2, 0-1) was led by Julianne Hood’s nine points. Cloe Siddle added six markers — all in the second quarter — and four assists.

Sparked by Huck’s eight first-quarter points, the Cadets staked themselves to an 18-5 advantage. Borich and Schneider had five points apiece in the opening eight minutes.

In the second period, Fort outpointed Caldwell, 9-8, and led 27-13 at halftime.

“We got it started and then we kind of went flat,” Liedtke said. “We weren’t in sync. We have to be more consistent, and that’s what we’re going to be working on.”

With Schneider and Kesselring each scoring five points, the Cadets opened up the third quarter with an 11-0 run.

The Redskins didn’t score their first second-half points until the 2:29 mark when Hood banked one home, making it 38-15.

At the end of three, Fort owned a commanding 44-21 advantage.

In the final stanza, Archer came off the bench to score eight points. The freshman sharpshooter had three of the Cadets’ eight triples in the contest.

Fort Frye is scheduled to play Parkersburg South at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

“That’ll be a true test for us,” Liedtke said.

Fort Frye 63, Caldwell 23

Caldwell 5 8 8 2 — 23

Fort Frye 18 9 17 19 — 63

CALDWELL (1-2, 0-1)

Leslie Pfeffer 2 1-4 5, Julie Boney, Cloe Siddle 3 0-1 6, Hallie Morgenstern 0 1-2 1, Mattie Clark 0 0-0 0, Julianne Hood 3 3-6 9. Sheridan Archer 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 9 5-13 23

FORT FRYE (2-0, 1-0)

Morgan Borich 5 1-2 11, Kiersten Kesselring 3 4-5 11, Olivia Schneider 5 0-0 12, Lexie Huck 4 0-1 10, Karlee Ross 3 2-6 8, Kenzie Dalton 0 0-0 0, Viola Angle 0 0-0 0, Hannah Archer 4 0-0 11. TOTALS: 22 7-14 63. 3pt goals: Archer 3, Huck 2, Schneider 2, Kesselring 1

Shooting: F 37.3 percent (22-59); Rebounds: C 15 (Morgenstern 3, Hood 3, Pfeffer 3, Archer 3), F 31 (Kesselring 7, Huck 6, Ross 5, Dalton 5; Assists: C 5 (Siddle 4), F 20 (Kesselring 7, Borich 5, Dalton 4, Schneider 3); Steals: F 19 Schneider 6, Huck 5, Borich 3, Ross 3; Turnovers: C 16, F 5

Next game: Bellaire St. John at Caldwell at 7 p.m. Monday. Fort Frye at Parkersburg South at 7:30 p.m. Monday

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