Fort Frye girls rout Caldwell, 77-20

BEVERLY, Ohio – Fort Frye’s game against Caldwell Thursday night was not a 3-point contest, although that did appear to be the case early on.

The Cadets made seven 3s in the first half, 11 total for the game and picked up 15 of their first 22 points in the game via the 3-ball in what ended as a 77-20 Fort Frye triumph.

Brooke Borich was 6-for-9 from beyond the arch and put up a game-high 22 points while Michelle Adkins made 4-of-4 3-point attempts and totaled 13 points.

For good measure, forwards Megan Liedtke and Alexis Enochs added 15 and 11 points, respectively, to give Fort Frye a solid inside-out game. Shawntell Parsons chipped in 13 markers, putting all five Cadets starters in double figures for the game.

“Everybody’s capable of scoring on this team,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “A lot of good rhythm stuff going on tonight.

“All those girls are capable of stepping up whenever we need them.”

When the Cadets weren’t sinking buckets, they made sure Caldwell didn’t either. The Redskins could only muster eight field goals against the stingy Fort Frye defense and had trouble taking care of the ball, turning it over 23 times.

Fort Frye, which shot 57 percent (29-for-51) from the floor, also held a 29-13 advantage on the boards, essentially dominating every aspect of the game.

Borich scored the Cadets’ first 11 points on three triples and a fastbreak layup. After Enochs grabbed a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup, Adkins dialed in from long range to make it a 16-2 game.

With 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the opening quarter, Parsons was fouled on a layup and added the free throw to convert the 3-point play before Borich connected on her fourth trey of the game to give the Cadets a 20-point lead, 22-2.

Megan Devol intercepted a pass at half-court and took it the rest of the way for a layup, but Megan Liedtke answered with a drive and a layup at the buzzer to maintain the 20-point advantage.

The lead would grow to 30 by the end of the first half. After Devol dropped in a floater to open the second period, Fort Frye scored 10 unanswered to go up 34-6. Adkins and Borich each hit 3s to pace the 10-0 run.

With 2:07 left in the half, Lexy Schell splashed a mid-range jumper before Parsons and Devol traded baskets to make the score 36-10. The Cadets scored the final four points of the half, capped by a 2-point jump-shot from Borich, to take a 30-point lead, 40-10, into halftime.

The second half was nearly identical, with Fort Frye outscoring Caldwell 37-10 in the final two quarters to improve to 8-0 in the Pioneer Valley Conference and 12-1 overall.

Caldwell, which was led by Devol’s eight points, dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-8 in the PVC.

Fort Frye has a tough matchup against Columbus Beechcroft Saturday in the Route 40 Classic at West Muskingum High School. Caldwell’s next contest will be Monday at home against River.

South Charleston 62, Parkersburg 61 (OT)

SOUTH CHARLESTON – Parkersburg High School lost a heartbreaker here Thursday night as the Big Reds dropped a 62-61 Mountain State Athletic Conference overtime decision to South Charleston.

The Big Reds trailed 61-58 with six seconds left in the extra period when Brooke Kurucz -who scored a game-high 20 points – tied the game with a 3-pointer. But Parkersburg was whistled for a foul and South Charleston’s Aalryah Dunham made one of two free throws to seal the win for the Black Eagles.

PHS (2-8, 1-5 MSAC) also got 13 points from Kam Snyder and 10 from Haley Ackerman.

South Charleston was led by Talia Cashwell with 16 points.

PHS will travel to Nitro for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

Braxton County 42,

Calhoun County 29

FLATWOODS – Makayla Smith’s game-high 15 points came in a losing cause on Thursday evening as visiting Calhoun County was outscored in every quarter and suffered a 42-29 setback at Braxton County.

The Eagles, now 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the LKC South Division, got a near double-double from Emily Harper. Harper led the hosts with 14 points and had nine rebounds while teammate Logan Frame scored a baker’s dozen.

Braxton County returns to action Tuesday at Gilmer County. The 3-6 Red Devils, who also got 10 markers from Bailie Cain, play Monday at Wirt County.

Boggs Roundball Classic

Frontier 53, Magnolia 51

KIDWELL -Frontier Local rallied in the fourth quarter here Thursday night to down Magnolia, 53-51, in the opening round of the Boggs Roundball Classic at Tyler Consolidated.

With the score tied at 51, Corisa Fickiesen scored the game-winning basket for the Cougars, who will meet Tyler Consolidated for the tournament title at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lexi Brookover led Frontier with 20 points while Fickiesen and Kelsea Daugherty added 12 apiece for the Cougars.

Magnolia got 21 points from Mallory Chapman and 11 from Taylor Ludewig.

Tyler Consolidated 62, Valley (Wetzel) 23

KIDWELL – Tyler Consolidated upped its mark to 7-5 and rolled to a 62-23 victory against Valley (Wetzel) in the other semifinal.

The Silver Knights got a 21-point effort from Sydney Reed, who also had eight steals, while Sophie Kinnard chipped in 14 points, six boards and four blocks. Hillary Casteel added nine markers for the hosts.

Melanie Thomas had eight points to lead 3-9 Valley, which will take on Magnolia in the consolation game at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Linsly 64, St. Marys 41

ST. MARYS – Linsly’s big third quarter, a 26-9 outburst, helped the Cadets to a 64-41 victory against the host Blue Devils here Thursday night in the 10th annual St. Marys Invitational.

Anthony Wallace led the Cadets with game-highs of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Isaiah Harvin and Cole Griffin tossed in 11 points apiece while Erick Talor added eight markers and 13 boards.

St. Marys (4-3) had double figure scoring efforts from Jessy Moore (14) and Colby Brode, who had 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Cadets (6-3) will take on Wirt County at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. Wheeling Central will face the host Blue Devils at 1:30 p.m. in the consolation tilt.

Wrestling

South leads OVAC

WHEELING -Parkersburg South wrestlers went 13-0 in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday night at the Wesbanco Arena.

The Patriots, who are wrestling without an entry in the 113-pound division, recorded 11 pins and received a pair of byes.

Four South wrestlers -Austin Harris at 126, t.J. Lambiotte at 132, Tyler Windland at 138 and Dylan Alexander at 152 – all needed less than a minute to dispose of their opponents.

South has 44 team points, followed by Oak Glen with 41, defending champion Steubenville with 41, Beaver Local 33 and Wheeling Park 32.

Action continues today and concludes with the finals on Saturday evening.