Fort Frye nets big win over Shenandoah

Photo by Ron Johnston Fort Frye’s Brady Schilling (2) handles the ball as Shenandoah’s Nickolai Wickham defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday in Beverly.

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High played with a lot of ‘Hart.’

The 6-foot sophomore guard scored a game-high 19 points, 13 in the second quarter, to help lead the Cadets to a 51-40 triumph over visiting Shenandoah High Friday night in Pioneer Valley Conference boys basketball action.

“It’s a team effort, and I really couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Hart said.

Added FFHS head coach Eric Henniger, “He’s a good player, isn’t he? He played really well tonight when we needed him. Nic’s a scorer, though, and 19 for him is not a big deal. He can get that a lot of times.”

Zane Greenleaf and Luke Nelson added 10 points apiece, while Kelton Fogle netted eight for the Cadets, who improved their overall record to 9-5.

Marc Smith-coached Shenandoah, 14-3 on the season, had no player score in double figures. Christian Duniver and Nickolai Wickham each tallied eight markers, and Max McVicker and Boone Jones chipped in with seven and six.

“Shenandoah’s an awesome team, but our guys have been pretty good defensively,” Henniger said. “They’re tough, scrappy kids. They think defense first more than offense.”

Both schools got off to a slow start with Shenandoah staking itself to a 12-8 first-quarter advantage. Wickham scored five points and Max McVicker had four to lead the Zeps’ charge.

Fort had only two field goals, a three by Greenleaf and a deuce by Caden Fryman, in the opening period. Fogle also converted three freebies.

After the Cadets scored 10 unanswered points to start the second quarter to make it 18-12, they never looked back. During the surge, Greenleaf and Hart each had five points. At the 5:05 mark, McVicker made one of two at the line for the Zeps’ first point of the period.

Then, Fort went on a tear with Hart scoring eight points and Nelson six, and led 32-17 at halftime.

“I don’t know where it came from,” said Hart who finished the second stanza with 13 points. “I haven’t been shooting too well in the last couple of games. But I guess tonight, I was just clicking.”

Added Henniger, “We had a big second quarter, and we hit a lot of threes (5), and Nic was a part of that.”

In the third quarter, Hart and Fogle each scored five points as Fort maintained the advantage, and led 44-27 going into the final period.

Shenandoah rallied a little bit in the fourth quarter, and actually reduced the deficit to single digits late, 49-40, on Duniver’s layup. But it was too little, too late.

“For us to beat Shenandoah is a big accomplishment,” Henniger said. “We’re happy with that.”

Fort Frye is scheduled to host Berlin Hiland at 5 p.m. Saturday.