Fort Frye gets past Vinton
BEVERLY — Liv Schneider had the hot hand.
The 5-foot-3 junior guard scored a game-high 16 points to help lead Fort Frye to a 51-43 triumph over visiting Vinton County Monday night in a prep girls basketball game at Cadet Gymnasium.
“Yeah, I guess I was (feeling it),” smiled Schneider, who was 5 of 6 from the floor with four triples and 2 of 2 from the foul line.
Schneider was the only Cadet in double figures, but the scoring overall was well-balanced.
Lexie Huck added 9 points on three trifectas.
Kiersten Kesselring and Kenzie Dalton each netted 7 markers while Hannah Archer and Riley Medley had six apiece.
The 5-7 Archer also grabbed 13 rebounds.
As a team, Fort drained nine 3-pointers.
“We do have a lot of good 3-point shooters,” Schneider said. “Anyone can shoot it pretty much.”
Fort Frye improved its record to 11-2 while Vinton County fell to 11-4.
“Vinton County was a big challenge,” Schneider said.
The Rod Bentley-coached Vikings were led by Morgan Bentley and Lacie Williams, who tallied 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Cameron Zinn chipped in with seven markers and seven blocked shots.
“We never dropped with our intensity level,” said FFHS boss Dan Liedtke, whose Cadets never trailed in the contest.
“We never relaxed, and we couldn’t against that team. There was no way.
“It was one of those games where every possession was huge, and I thought our girls did a great job of staying focused.”
Sparked by Schneider’s five first-quarter points, Fort Frye staked itself to a 10-7 advantage. Morgan Bentley also scored five to keep the Vikings close.
“We needed that out of Liv,” Liedtke said.
During second-quarter action, Huck knocked down two consecutive 3s to give Fort a double-digit lead, 17-7, at the 4:50 mark. Medley provided a boost off the bench with two buckets as the Cadets went into the halftime locker room with a 22-14 lead.
After the break, Schneider hit two 3s in the third quarter and one in the fourth plus a couple of freebies as Fort Frye maintained the advantage.
In the final stanza, Bentley and Williams each drained two triples, but the Vikings were unable to get over the hump.
With 3:24 remaining, Kesselring’s layup gave the Cadets a 12-point lead (47-35), and at the 2:02 mark, Dalton’s two free-throws made it 49-35.
“We needed what Liv did and what the other ones did,” Liedtke said. “It was a team effort.”
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