Cadets zap Zeps: Borich’s 23 helps Fort Frye dominate Shenandoah, 67-40

BEVERLY – For the third straight game, the Fort Frye Lady Cadets got off to somewhat of a sluggish beginning and for the second consecutive game the Cadets overcame the rough start to score a Pioneer Valley Conference victory.

Senior guard Brooke Borich tossed in 23 points Monday night and the Fort used a 23-4 second quarter run to score a convincing 67-40 win over the visiting Shenandoah Lady Zeps.

“We didn’t come out and the play the way I wanted to see us come out but we kicked it in gear when we had to,” said Fort Frye head coach Dan Liedtke. “Once we got the intensity level up we really got going.”

Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net early on as it took over four minutes before Shenandoah’s Raechel Rossiter chalked up the first field goal of the game to give the Lady Zeps a 2-1 lead.

Kaysey King drilled a three-pointer to make it 5-1, and after Shenandoah’s Taylor Arick and Fort Frye’s Megan Liedtke traded baskets, Katie Hart knocked down a triple from behind the arc to pull the Cadets to within one at 7-6 after one quarter of play.

Coach Liedtke inserted Hart into the lineup early on to provide some much needed energy for his team and the 5-foot freshman delivered in a postive manner.

“She came in and gave us a little spark,” said Liedtke of Hart who scored five points, while dishing out a team-high five assists in the game. “We needed that kind of enthusiasm and spark and it was good to get that kind of a lift.”

Megan Liedtke opened the second quarter by completing a three-point play for the red blue and white but Rossiter answered with an inside score to knot the game once again at 9-9.

The Cadets, who had connected on just one of their first eight shots from behind the arc to start the game, finally began to heat up in the second quarter.

Michelle Adkins got the ball rolling by draining back-to-back triples to give the Cadets a 15-9 lead.

After Megan Liedtke made good on a pair of free throws, sister Makayla buried a three-pointer to push the lead to nine.

The Cadets were 14-of-16 in the game from the charity stripe and a pair of free throws each by Megan Liedtke and Hart made it a 24-11 game.

Borich capped the 25-6 quarter for the Cadets with eight points in the final two minutes including her first two treys of the game to send the Fort to the intermission with a 31-13 lead.

The Lady Zeps made something of a run in the third quarter as they actually outscored Fort Frye by a 15-13 margin but could pull no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Shenandoah head coach Lynn Miley-Werry was disappointed with the loss but not with the effort put forth by her team.

“We got ourselves in too big of a hole in that second quarter,” said Miley-Werry. “Our girls never quit and they really worked hard. I saw a lot of good things that I have been looking for the past couple of weeks.”

The Cadets put together their second 20-point quarter of the game in the final quarter outscoring the Lady Zeps by a 23-12 margin to claim their second win of the young season.

Borich’s 23 points all came in the final three quarters to lead all scorers while Megan Liedtke completed the double- double by grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with 16 points.

Rossiter led the Zeps with 15 points and six boards.

The loss was the third straight for the Zeps to open the season but Dan Liedtke thinks they are a much better team than their record indicates.

“Shenandoah has a nice team,” said Liedtke of his conference rival. “Once they get the puzzle put together they are going to be tough to deal with.”

Both teams will hit the road next as the Cadets travel to Monroe Central Thursday night while Shenandoah visits Connotten Valley on Saturday afternoon.