Fort Frye gives dominant performance vs. Waterford
BEVERLY — After weathering a third-quarter Waterford High surge, host Fort Frye High stormed to a 73-47 triumph in cross-river rivalry boys’ basketball action Tuesday night.
“Our guys played well, and both teams played really hard,” said FFHS head coach Eric Henniger. “It came down to handling the ball. We didn’t turn the ball over as much like we did last game.”
In the first meeting between the two schools at the Cooper Annex on Jan. 15, Fort won 60-44.
“Over there, we got really careless when we got a lead,” Henniger continued. “And we did a better job of controlling ourselves tonight.”
Sophomore Kelton Fogle and junior Brady Schilling paced the Cadets (11-6 overall) with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Sophomore Nic Hart added 10 markers, while Zane Greenleaf and Draeden Turner each netted seven.
“My first two shots, I didn’t think they were very good shots,” Fogle said. “Other than that, I thought I shot pretty well.”
Tom Simms-coached Waterford (10-6) was led by Russ Young’s 15 points. Wes Jenkins and Zane Heiss each chipped in with nine markers. The Wildcats played without senior starter and leader Peyten Stephens, who was ailing.
Sparked by Hart’s five and Schilling’s four first-quarter points, the Fort staked itself to a 17-11 advantage.
Keeping the Cats in the hunt, Young netted nine points.
Early in the second quarter, the Cadets stretched their lead into double digits, 22-11, on Devon Layton’s triple and Schilling’s layup on an out-of-bounds play. But the Wildcats came back and reduced the deficit to single digits on Heiss’ bucket and bonus freebie.
Before the period was over, the southpaw-shooting Fogle made three deuces to help Fort take a 34-21 halftime lead.
“My teammates were playing great ball,” Fogle said.
Waterford was able to cut it to single digits at the start of the third period and got as close as six (38-32) when Nick Fouss converted two free-throws at the 5:19 mark. But Fort answered that with a Caden Fryman basket and a Schilling deuce to make it 42-32.
Later in the stanza, Fogle knocked down a 3 to give the Cadets a 50-37 advantage.
“Kelton played really well tonight,” Henniger said. “He made some big shots when we needed it. And when they (Wildcats) started making a little bit of a run, he got us back under control.”
In the fourth quarter, Fogle added five more points to his total as the Cadets outpointed the Cats, 17-8.
“I am pretty pleased,” Henniger said. “We’ve got a good group of kids. They’re competitors, and they play hard.”