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Fort Frye Too Much for River

By Staff | Dec 24, 2019

BEVERLY – Fort Frye had too many zone breakers for River to guard.

All five starter drained at least one 3 as the Cadets defeated the visiting Pilots, 65-23, in a prep girls’ basketball game Thursday night.

“We have to do well in that part of the game,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke, whose team finished with 12 triples. “We’re not a team that’s going to dominate people inside. That’s for sure.”

Lexie Huck paced the Cadets (4-1) with 17 points, five rebounds and five steals. Mackenzie Dalton added 15 points and five steals, while Hannah Archer had 11 markers, including three trifectas, and five boards. Non-starter Riley Medley chipped in with eight points, and playmaker Liv Schneider netted seven and dished out six assists.

“That’s the great thing about this team,” Liedtke said, “because it’s a true team. They all have to play a part.”

River (3-5) was led by Alli Long’s eight points. Kiley Piatt added two triples while Hannah Raper had five markers. The Pilots finished with 24 turnovers.

Sparked by Dalton’s seven first-quarter points, Fort staked itself to a 14-2 advantage against River’s 1-2-2 zone. Jonayah Moeller had the Pilots lone bucket. Early in the second period, Medley banked home a 3 to ignite a 7-0 Cadet run. Huck followed with a putback, and Dalton had a layup as the home team stretched its lead to 21-2.

River came right back, thought, with its best run of the contest, a 10-6 surge, and trailed at the intermission, 26-12. During its run Raper scored five points, Piatt 3, and Long 2.

“We weren’t shooting the ball very well that first half,” Liedtke said. “We were kind of taking the first thing that came along. We weren’t in sync too much. We needed to start attacking the basket more.”

After the break, Fort outpointed River, 22-4, in the third quarter, and led 48-16. Huck tallied eight points, and Dalton five during the surge. During fourth-quarter action, Huck and Archer each scored five points as the Cadets won going away.

“We’ve got to keep working,” Liedtke said. “We want to keep improving. And we don’t want to get satisfied.”