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BEVERLY — Fort Frye did all its scoring in three quarters.
The Cadets got blanked in the second period but overcame that and a seven-point deficit in the third stanza to defeat visiting Parkersburg South, 47-39, in a prep girls basketball game Monday night.
“It was a battle, because we weren’t hitting shots in the first half,” said FFHS head coach Dan Liedtke.
Hannah Archer and Lexie Huck paced the undefeated Cadets (4-0) with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Kenzie Dalton chipped in with seven markers, nine rebounds, and four steals. Archer also had nine boards.
As a team, Fort shot 29.3 percent (12-41) from the floor but was 18 of 24 from the foul line. The Cadets finished with 17 turnovers while the Patriots had 18.
South (0-3) was led by Rylee Harner, who tallied 14 points, collected five caroms, and had four dimes. Makenna Winans added 10 points and five boards, while Erin Williams netted seven markers and Hannah Wingrove had six.
“We’re still not shooting the ball very well,” said first-year Patriot boss Rick Dobson, whose team was 13 of 35 (37 percent) from the floor and 8 of 13 from the charity stripe. “We haven’t shot the ball well for three games now, and we’ve just got to get better.
“You know, everything’s new to them with me being a new coach. The things I want to do are different, and I think they’re a little frustrated with that.”
After trailing 11-10 in the first quarter, South took a 13-11 lead early in the second on Wingrove’s bucket and bonus freebie. That as it turned out would be the only scoring in the period.
The Fort was 0-10 from the field in the second quarter but only trailed by a deuce at the intermission.
“I was not upset,” Liedtke said, “because there was only one thing missing. We had everything going. We had the intensity. We had the hustle. The only thing we lacked was making shots.
“Fortunately, our defense kept us in it.”
At the start of the third quarter, Williams had the hot hand, draining two triples. Then, after Winans’ layup gave South a 21-14 lead, the Cadets had a timeout at the 5:36 mark.
When play was resumed, Fort Frye slowly but surely whittled away at the deficit and after a Huck 3 cut it to 25-23, Archer converted a pair at the line to tie the score. At the end of three, it was 29-all. In the game, Huck had four trifectas, and Archer was 9 of 10 from the foul line.
“Lexie’s been consistent but that’s what good players do,” Liedtke said. “And, you always like to see these girls do well at the line.”
Early in the fourth stanza, Dalton scored on a runner in the lane, and Huck followed that with a 3 to make it 34-29 Cadets. At the 6:11 mark, the Patriots signaled time. But when play was resumed the Fort just stretched its lead, and Daltons’ basket and freebie about midway through the stanza gave the Cadets a double-digit advantage, 41-31.
“We’re still a work in progress,” Liedtke said. “We still got a ways to go.”
Ron Johnston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org