Fort Frye girls dominate Caldwell, 47-18

Photo by Ron Johnston Caldwell’s Julia Griffith (2) looks to pass as Fort Frye’s Makayla Liedtke (35) defends during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Beverly.

BEVERLY — As far as Fort Frye girls’ basketball coach Dan Liedtke is concerned, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Still, the Cadets never trailed en route to a 47-18 triumph over visiting Caldwell High in Pioneer Valley Conference basketball action Thursday night.

“The defense was there,” said Liedtke, whose Cadets limited the Redskins to four single-digit quarters.

“But offensively,” the coach continued, “I thought we really struggled. We missed a lot of shots.”

Fort was 15 of 45 from the floor. Makayla Liedtke paced the Cadets with a game-high 14 points. Katie Hart netted nine, and Tanner Booth and Kiersten Kesselring each had seven.

“We weren’t executing like we should have,” Dan Liedtke said. “So, we’ve got to work on that. I just felt like we weren’t in sync, but it’s the first game, and we’ve got it out of the way.”

While it was Fort’s season and home opener, it was the Redskins’ second game of the season. On Monday, the Noble County-based school dropped a 62-36 decision at Belpre.

“I’m disappointed, but I saw a lot of improvement, though, considering where we were at on Monday night,” said CHS boss Jodi Schott. “Fort Frye’s still a good team. They may not have the numbers, but they’re a very good team.”

Caldwell’s top point-getter was Kelsey Zwick with seven. The Redskins were eight of 30 from the field, and only attempted four foul shots in the contest.

CHS also grabbed only 11 rebounds.

“Boxing out, that killed us,” Schott said. “We didn’t get any defensive rebounds. When they get two or three chances to score, it affects the final score.”

After almost three minutes of a scoreless game, Makayla Liedtke drained a 3 to give the Cadets a 3-0 advantage. That was followed by two freebies by Booth and a triple by MacKenzie White to make it 8-0.

With a little more than a minute remaining in the opening period, Lexie Weisend banked home a shot to get the Redskins on the scoreboad. Then, Booth and Kesselring each was 1 of 2 at the line to make it 10-2 at the end of one.

“It was pretty sloppy,” Dan Liedtke said. “We’ve got a lot of youth out there with not a lot of varsity experience. We’ve got a lot to work on.”

In the second quarter, both teams struggled from the floor, scoring five points apiece. At the break, Fort owned a 15-7 advantage.

“Tonight, we came out a little slow, but we came out stronger in the second half,” Booth said.

Makayla Liedtke had the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring seven points, as Fort stretched its lead to 29-12. And, in the final eight minutes of action, the Cadets coasted home with the win. Hart tallied eight of her nine game points in the fourth quarter.

“I think when we play our game, we’re a great team and can accomplish a lot together,” Booth said. “We’ve always been a strong defensive team.”

Fort Frye is scheduled to play at Parkersburg South Monday, while Caldwell is slated to play its third straight road game at Shadyside 6 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re young and we’re getting where we need to be,” Schott said.