Fort Frye spoils ‘Senior Night’ for Cougars

NEW MATAMORAS – The Fort Frye Cadets continued to roll after claiming a 64-32 victory over Frontier Thursday evening to spoil “Senior Night” for the Cougars in New Matamoras.

Fort Frye played a very well-rounded game, hitting 50 percent (23-of-46) of its shots while holding Frontier to just 10-of-35 (29 percent) shooting. The Cadets also took relatively good care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers.

“I think we’ve been playing well,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “I thought all the girls did a nice job tonight.”

Morgan Liedtke had the hot hand for Fort Frye, scoring 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting from beyond the arch.

“She’s been shooting very well,” the elder Liedtke said. “Last game I think she hit four and shot four-of-six. I think she’s just got a lot of confidence. You have nights like that where you just feel it, and she’s been doing that well.”

The senior guard also paced the Cadets with six rebounds. Taylor Buchanan chipped in with 14 points while Deidra Combs added 12. Combs also had a game-high four steals.

Frontier was led by Laken Camino’s 12 points. Camino was the only Lady Cougar in double-digits. Kelsie Rinard topped everyone by grabbing seven boards in the contest.

Morgan Liedtke led off the game with a 3-pointer, but would soon be answered by a 3-pointer from Camino. The Cadets then rattled off eight straight points, four coming from Micayla Hupp, to take an 11-3 lead. After Camino nailed a jumper, Combs scored a layup on a dish from Michelle Adkins to make the score 13-5.

Rinard later hit a basket, but Fort Frye scored the final five points of the quarter on a two-pointer from Combs and a 3-pointer from Morgan Liedtke to go up 18-7 at the end of the first quarter.

With Fort Frye up 20-8 in the second quarter, Fickiesen hit a trey to make it a nine-point game, but Fort Frye went on a 10-0 run to stretch the advantage to 30-11. Morgan Liedtke hit two 3-balls and Buchanan hit another to fuel the run.

Camino ended the run with a putback layup, but Combs and Buchanan countered with a basket each. Kelsie Daugherty scored the final basket of the half to make it 34-15 in Fort Frye’s favor.

Frontier was never able to dent the lead in the second half, as the Cadets opened the third quarter on a 9-2 run. Later in the fourth quarter, Morgan Liedtke hit her sixth trey of the game to extend the lead to 55-23.

Frontier head coach Scott Murphy credited the Cadets for their performance.

“We knew coming in what Fort Frye could do,” Murphy said. “They’re an excellent basketball team. They’re well-coached. Those girls have been doing what they’re doing for a long time.”

It was the final home game for Cougar seniors Camino, Kelsie Rinard, Heather Ogaz and Kaylee Hurst.

“It wasn’t the way they wanted to go out, but my girls play hard every night,” Murphy said. “It’s hard to be upset or discouraged with them because of the way they play. An excellent group.”

Fort Frye upped its record to 17-3 on the year, while Frontier fell to 12-7.