Fort Frye to host Waterford in rivalry game Saturday

Times file photo Fort Frye’s Morgan Borich handles the ball during a high school girls basketball game against Waterford last season in Beverly. The two teams are scheduled to play Saturday in Beverly in their first meeting of the season.

BEVERLY — Morgan Borich will be seeking a career first when Fort Frye High hosts Waterford High in a girls’ basketball showdown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

“As a varsity player, I’ve never been on a team that’s beaten them,” said the 5-foot-10 Cadet sharpshooter. “So, this year, we’re going to try to get a win against them.”

As the only senior on the roster, Borich will have two opportunities this winter to accomplish that. The Cadets are also slated to close out regular-season play against the Wildcats at the Cooper Annex at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

With bragging rights on the line, it could be standing room only (SRO) at the Cadet Gymnasium this weekend.

“It’s a pretty big rivalry, and the gym is usually full when we play each other,” Borich said.

Fort (10-2) will also be seeking a bounce-back victory. On Monday night, the Cadets dropped a 50-48 decision at Warren High.

“It’s going to be two good teams again going right at it, just like this one here (Fort Frye-Warren),” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke. “Se, we’ve just to got to get prepared for that.”

As far as preparation goes, Fort Frye’s focus has been entirely on Waterford since the Warren game. Against the Warriors, the Cadets owned a commanding 27-7 opening period advantage. But after that stanza, the wheels fell off as the royal blue and white cagers rallied to win.

“We just went back on our heels,” Liedtke said. “They put us back on our heels. Hopefully, we can learn from this and move on.”

Against Waterford, Fort is expected to start Kiersten Kesselring, Lexie Huck, Olivia Schneider, Karlee Ross, and Borich. Also in the 7-player rotation will be freshmen Hannah Archer and Kenzie Dalton.

Meanwhile, before the Jerry Close-coached Wildcats (8-1 overall, 8-0 TVC) can even think about Fort Frye, they are scheduled to play Trimble High in a Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division tilt at Cooper at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). On Tuesday, the green and white cagers defeated Wahama, 53-33, at Gary Clark Court in Mason, W.Va.

Senior Rachael Adams — the only returning starter from last season’s state tournament-bound team — paced the Cats with 14 points, including four triples, and three steals. Freshman Mackenzie Suprano chipped in with 10 markers, three assists, and three steals. Lily Roberts netted eight points, while Riley Schweikert grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Against Fort Frye, Waterford’s probable starters will be Cara Taylor, Emily Kern, Sydney Huffman, Schweikert, and Adams. Also in the rotation will be Brier Offenberger, Maggie Huffman, Roberts, and Suprano.