Cadets dominate their way to 65-16 win vs. Frontier

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times Fort Frye’s Karlee Ross, left, makes a move with the ball as Frontier’s LaRae Henthorn defends during a high school girls basketball game Wednesday in Beverly.

BEVERLY — About the only thing that Fort Frye High didn’t control was the opening tip-off.

Other than that, the Cadets dominated the game, defeating visiting Frontier High, 65-16, Wednesday night in Pioneer Valley Conference girls’ basketball action.

“We’re playing well, and we’re just continuing to get better and better,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke. “We have a lot of confidence right now.

“But I tell them in these kind of games not to get sloppy and do what we work on every day. That stays on the floor, and I thought they did a nice job.”

Olivia Schneider scored 13 points to pace the Cadets (9-1), while Morgan Borich and Karlee Ross added 12 apiece. Lexie Huck and Hannah Archer chipped in with nine and six markers, respectively.

Fourteen Fort cagers saw playing time.

“The first seven we have, it’s automatic in and out,” Liedtke said. “But a lot of times, the JVs don’t get to play. If I can get them in, I’m going to get them in. It was good to see them out there. I told them if they go out there, they’re going to have to play hard.”

Frontier (2-8) was led by sophomore guard Haley Bills, who tallied 12 of her team’s 16 total points.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids, and we played a lot of kids tonight,” said FHS boss Mike Cisler. “It’s just one game. That’s it.

“Give Fort Frye a lot of credit. They play hard. They’re a well-coached team. We’ve just got to keep working. Bills and Logan Haught, they keep plugging along.”

Combining for 15 first-quarter points, Archer (6), Schneider (5), and Borich (4) helped stake Fort to a 20-5 advantage. The Cadets were also helped by 10 Cougar turnovers.

“Anytime you play against a Coach Liedtke team, you’ll be facing a very good defense,” Cisler said. “You’ll also be playing against man-to-man pressure.

“It was a good learning experience for us, handling that pressure.”

Frontier scored its first points on a pair of freebies by Haught at the 5:04 mark. Then, with just under 3 minutes left in the stanza, Bills drained a triple to cut it to 12-5.

In the second quarter, the rout resumed, and the Cadets stretched their lead to 34-9 at halftime.

Ross scored nine third quarter points as the Cadet advantage bulged to 53-11.

“My gosh, I think Fort Frye shot lights out (52 percent for the game),” said Cisler, summing up the contest. “We came out, and thought we’d try to take out Borich and Schneider a little bit. But then, you pick your poison, because you’ve got Archer coming off the bench. So, what do you do?”