Fort Frye girls stay unbeaten, top Shenandoah, 65-12
BEVERLY — Fort Frye limited Shenandoah to a dozen points in its home opener.
The Cadets scored that many in the first quarter Satuday night en route to a 65-12 triumph over the visiting Zeps in a battle of undefeated girls’ basketball teams.
“We’re fortunate to have girls that play hard like this and are able to shoot the ball well,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke.
Hannah Archer paced the Cadets (3-0) with 17 points, 12 in the third quarter. Lexie Huck recorded a double-double with 15 points on five triples and 12 rebounds. Liv Schneider added 10 markers and seven assists while Kenzie Dalton had six points, eight boards, and 12 assists. Kiersten Kesselring, the lone senior on the roster, chipped in with 11 caroms and five points. And, freshman Riley Medley finished with seven points.
“We’ve come really far,” said the 5-foot-5 Huck. “We’re short, but we’re all good shooters.
“We’re all pretty excited, and I think it’s going to be a good season. And, when Karlee (Ross) gets back (knee injury), I think we’ll be even that much better.”
According to Liedtke, Ross is expected to return in January.
“We’re just looking for consistency,” the coach added. “We’re playing well, and we’re getting better. We have some very good opponents coming up. So, we can’t slack right now. We’ve got to be ready to go.”
Fort is scheduled to host Parkersburg South at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Shenandoah (4-1) was its own worst enemy with 23 turnovers and a subpar shooting night (4 of 27). Raegan Flood led the Zeps with six points on two trifectas. Mackenzie Lynch and Ashleigh Wheeler each added a trey.
As a team, Shenandoah did not play a 2-pointer or a foul shot the entire contest.
Sparked by Dalton’s six points and Schneider’s four, the Cadets staked themselves to a 12-0 first-quarter advantage.
In the second stanza, Huck drained three triples as Fort stretched its lead to 28-3 at halftime. Flood’s three at the 4:53 mark averted a scoreless first half for the Zeps.
Archer had the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring a dozen points as the rout resumed for the Cadets. Huck chipped in with a couple of threes herself while Medley knocked down a buzzer-beating bomb to make it 49-9.
“That’s the plus about this team,” Liedtke said. “We do have weapons. On any given night…they get the good shot; they’re confident; and they know they’ve got the green light.
“As a team, our passing kind of goes with our shooting. If we’re passing the ball well, we tend to shoot the ball well.”