A dozen 3-pointers lift Fort Frye to 70-28 win
BEVERLY — Unlike their season-opener, the Fort Frye girls were at peak performance throughout their home opener — a 70-28 win Monday night against Heath High School.
Fort Frye knocked down 12 3-pointers, including five from Hannah Archer, who finished with a game-high 27 points. Archer’s scoring output nearly surpassed the Cadets’ entire team performance in Saturday’s 30-28 loss at New Lexington.
“I’m very encouraged with tonight’s performance,” Fort Frye coach Dan Liedtke said after his team improved to 1-1. “That grit I’ve seen earlier in some of our scrimmages really came out . We rebounded from Saturday’s loss, and now it’s time to move on.”
Fort Frye floor leader Kenzie Dalton did not score until the six-minute mark of the second quarter, but finished with 10 points to go with eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.
Archer and Dalton are the lone two returning starters from a season ago.
“Archer and Dalton can’t do it alone — they know that that,” Liedtke said. “They need the other girls to step up. And tonight, there were a lot of good things done by our seniors, and they helped the younger ones. I thought the chemistry was good.”
The third senior in the Fort Frye starting lineup, Khloee Ross chipped in eight points, including the Cadets’ first seven points of the game when Heath maintained an 8-7 advantage late into the first quarter.
The Bulldogs managed just one field goal over the next five minutes and were outscored 17-2 during that stretch. Three different Cadets knocked down a 3-pointer in that span. The difference would never reached single digits the rest of the way as Fort Frye took a 35-20 lead into halftime.
During the final three-plus minutes of a 26-point third quarter, Fort Frye put the game on ice with a 12-0 run as the lead increased to 35 points at 61-26. The two schools played under a continuous clock for the entire fourth quarter.
Fort Frye sixth-man Alyssa Duskey also scored in double figures with 10 points.
The bulk of Heath’s scoring belonged to Allie Dunlap with 12 points and Corinne Ault with 11 points. Ault was shut out in the second half.
“We started off a little bit flat and I was a bit concerned because we didn’t play all that well Saturday,” Liedtke said. “What we did in the third quarter, that’s the team we are working towards. You saw things get going and the confidence building.”
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