Cadets force 29 turnovers in 55-27 win over Waterford
WATERFORD — Any time you can force your opponent into more turnovers than they score points you are likely to get very good results on the basketball court.
Fort Frye accomplished that feat Tuesday night on the road against arch-rival Waterford as they forced 29 turnovers and rolled to a 55-27 win to improve to 8-1 on the season.
Seniors Nic Hart and Kelton Fogle combined for 32 points as the Cadets scored another impressive win despite having somewhat of an off night offensively.
“We wanted to come out and put a lot of pressure on them early on and I thought we did a good job of that,” said Fort Frye head coach Eric Henniger, whose team forced 10 miscues in the opening quarter alone. “We just weren’t able to capitalize on a lot of them because we missed a lot of easy shots and that is something we need to work on.”
The visitors quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead before a bucket by Wildcat freshman Jarrett Armstrong got the Wildcats on the scoreboard.
Fort Frye got buckets from Owen Brown and Luke Huffman to push their lead to eight but Waterford finished the quarter strong on a two pointer from Luke Teters and a triple from junior Holden Dailey to cut the Cadet lead to 14-9 at the end of one.
Waterford managed to keep the deficit at five midway through the second half before the Cadets closed out the half on a 12-0 run to open up a 17-point lead at the intermission.
Fogle got the run started by scoring a field goal off of an offensive rebound and later connected on one-of-two from the free throw line to push the lead to eight with just over two minutes to play.
Brown and Huffman followed with buckets in transition to extend the lead to double-digits before Hart knocked down the first triple of the half for the visitors.
Fogle closed out the half with another put-back bucket to push the lead to 34-17.
Waterford head coach Tom Simms knew that taking care of the basketball was going to be a key for his team to be able to compete with the Cadets.
“You just can’t turn the basketball over that many times and we told them that coming into the game,” said Simms.
It wouldn’t take Fort Frye long at all to blow things wide open as after Hart and Dailey traded buckets to open the second half, the Cadets finished the quarter on a 13-2 run to open up a 28-point lead heading to the final period.
Hart led all scorers with 17 points while also leading his team with eight rebounds and also dishing out four assists while Fogle finished with 15 points, six rebounds, six steals and four dimes.
“Our seniors continue to do a great job for us and they are such great role models for our younger kids,” said Henniger of Fogle and Hart. “They give us everything they have got every night and that sets a great example.”
Brown and Huffman added eight points apiece for the winners who travel to Strasburg on Saturday.
Dailey led the Wildcats with 11 points and nine boards while Teters added six.
“We have only played six games so we have a lot of time to get things corrected and get back on track,” said Simms, whose team slipped to 2-4 with the loss. “We won’t give up and will keep working and get things together before tournament time.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to host Belpre on Friday night.