Olivia Schneider’s buzzer-beater helps Fort Frye down Parkersburg South

PARKERSBURG — Olivia Schneider got mobbed by her Cadet teammates.

The 5-foot-3 guard drained a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3 from the right corner as Fort Frye defeated Parkersburg South, 53-52, Monday night in girls’ basketball action at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

“You know, the thing about it is Liv is a very good shooter, and she wasn’t getting too many shots in this game,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke, whose undefeated Cadets improved their record to 3-0. “But it didn’t bother me, because I would’ve picked anyone of those girls to take that one. When I saw the ball go into her hands, she’s not going to miss that many in a row, and I looked for that one to go in. I really did. I felt really good about that shot right there.”

Schneider finished the game with five points.

Freshman and non-starter Hannah Archer led the Cadets with 15 points, on five triples.

“She gave us a big lift,” Liedtke said. “Hannah just keeps coming along more and more as time goes on. She’s still learning a lot, but I think she’s starting to feel that she belongs.”

Fort senior Morgan Borich chipped in with 14 points; Karlee Ross netted 11; and Kiersten Kesselring netted eight.

Junior Makenna Winans scored a game-high 21 points to lead South (0-1), which was playing its season and home opener. Sierra Hays added 10 markers, while Rylee Harner and Erin Williams had eight apiece.

“You’ve got to give Fort Frye credit,” said Patriots boss Ed Davis. “We let them dictate the tempo most of the game, and we let them get out ahead of us in the beginning — and that allowed them to do a lot of stuff, and it limited what we culd do.”

Sparked by Borich’s eight and Ross’ five first-quarter points, the Cadets staked themselves to an 18-15 advantage. Keeping the Patriots in the hunt, Winans tallied eight and Harner had five during the opening eight minutes.

In the second quarter, there were six lead changes and four ties. As time was expiring, Hays knocked down a three to tie the score at 30-all at halftime. During first-half action, South’s Winans was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe while Fort’s Archer made three trifectas.

The Fort slumped in the third quarter, scoring just three points and turning the ball over seven times. Capitalizing on the Cadets’ shooting and ball-handling woes, South took a 41-33 lead.

“When that quarter was over, I told them that they had just given them the third quarter,” Liedtke said. “And anyone we were going to make this up was to have a heckuva fourth quarter — and they did. They came out and just put it all on the floor.”

Fort outpointed South in the final period, 20-11. The Cadets knocked down four triples with Archer making three, Borich one, and of course Schneider’s big one at the buzzer. Ross also scored on a couple of drives.

At crunchtime, the Patriots had a two point lead, 52-50, and could’ve stretched its advantage if it had converted two one-and-one bonus situations — but didn’t.

“It was a collective loss, but you know nothing is wasted if you learn from it,” Davis said.