Cadets crush Southern, 58-22

By Alex Hawley -

RACINE, Ohio — There will be better days.

The Southern boys basketball team suffered a 58-22 loss at the hands of non-conference guest Fort Frye, in Tuesday night’s season opener.

The Cadets (2-0) led 26-1 after eight minutes of play and expanded their lead to 37-8 at halftime. The Fort Frye advantage grew to 49-13 after a 12-to-5 third quarter run. Southern (0-1) and FFHS both scored nine points over the final eight minutes and the Cadets claimed the 58-22 win.

Southern shot 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the free throw line and 7-of-38 (18.4 percent) from the field, including just 1-of-16 (6.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Fort Frye held a 37-to-16 advantage in rebounds, including a 13-to-5 edge on the offensive glass. As a team the Tornadoes had two assists, five steals and 20 turnovers, while the Cadets committed just eight turnovers.

SHS junior Crenson Rogers led the hosts with six points, followed by Clayton Wood with five. Blake Johnson and Trey Pickens both had three points, Weston Thorla and Brayden Cunningham each added two, while Jordan Fisher rounded out the Tornado scoring with one point.

Rogers also paced Southern on the boards with four rebounds, followed by Wood and Johnson with three each. Fisher posted a team-best two steals, while Rogers, Wood and Thorla each had one. Eli Hunter and Jaylen Blanks each recorded one assist in the setback.

Justin Anderson connected on four trifectas and led the guests with 22 points. Grayson Schott posted nine points, Carter Lang, Jacob Pritchard and Tyler Bradford each scored five, Derek Layton and Ben Wagner each had four, while Carter Keifer finished with two points. Fort Frye sank seven three pointers and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

Southern, which has only one more non-conference home game left on the schedule, returns to action on Friday when they visit Federal Hocking for both teams’ Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division opener.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley