BEVERLY - Basketball coaches are always on the lookout for snipers on the perimeter.
Marietta College may have gotten itself a good one in sharpshooter Morgan Liedtke.
The 2013 Fort Frye High graduate has decided to continue her education and play hoops for the Stacia Shrider-coached Lady Pioneers next school semester.
Photo courtesy of Pam Brooker
Fort Frye’s Morgan Liedtke, right, dribbles by a Columbus Africentric player during girls’ basketball state tournament action at Value City Arena in Columbus in March. Liedtke has decided to continue her education and play basketball at Marietta College next season.
Photo courtesy of Pam Brooker
Fort Frye’s Morgan Liedtke (24) battles for a rebound against a Columbus Africentric player during girls’ basketball state tournament action at Value City Arena in Columbus in March.
"It's close to home," said the 5-foot-7 Liedtke, who is planning a double major in health science and education at MC. "I also like the physician assistant program they have."
At Fort Frye, Liedtke owned a 3.937 GPA.
Marietta College graduated just one senior from last winter's team that finished 10-16 overall. The Lady Pioneers compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
"I think I can contribute and help them out," Liedtke said.
Liedtke's MC freshman basketball class will also feature Jordanna Rauch of Warren, a Lady Cadet opponent on the hardwood. A couple of other local players already on the Lady Pioneer roster are Heather Booth of Frontier and Paige Lamb of Marietta High.
"It'll be nice to have Jordana as a teammate instead of playing against her," Liedtke said.
Two of Liedtke's Fort Frye senior teammates will also be playing college basketball next season. Deidra Combs will be suiting up at Fairmont State (W.Va.) while Taylor Buchanan will be at Palm Beach (Fla.) Atlantic University.
Liedtke is from a basketball family in Beverly. Her father Dan Liedtke was her coach all four years at Fort Frye. Her sister Megan was a varsity teammate in last winter's Lady Cadet run to state. She also has a younger sister Makayla.
Her mom's name is Loretta.
Morgan Liedtke enjoyed a very productive four-year prep career on the hardwood, which was capped by the girls' basketball program's first-ever appearance at the state tournament in Columbus.
In the regional final against Johnstown-Monroe at Logan, Liedtke was very instrumental in helping Fort Frye win a 58-43 decision to clinch a state berth. During the contest, she scored a game-high 16 points, which included four triples, grab bed eight rebounds, and had three steals.
At state in a semifinal against Columbus Africentric at Value City Arena, the Lady Cadets (25-4) dropped a 43-40 decision. Liedtke tallied eight markers, including two treys, in the game.
"My senior year was very special to me, my family, and the community," Liedtke said.
In her senior season, she averaged 10.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game.
From the floor, she shot 47.1 percent and from 3-point range, 46.2 percent (72 of 156), which is 16th for a single season in the state record book.
When Liedtke was a sophomore, she shot 48.1 percent (63-131) from behind the arc, good for 10th place for a single season in the state record book.
Career-wise, Liedtke made 42.1 percent of her 3-point attempts (201-477), good for the fifth spot in the state record book.
After the 2012-13 campaign, Liedtke received several accolades, including being selected All-Ohio Division III honorable mention and named to the Ohio BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) and OVAC (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) girls' all-star squads.
Liedtke finished her career with 893 points.
"Morgan was solid, and had a good career," Dan Liedtke said. "I'm real proud of her, and I think it's a good fit for her at Marietta College."
An all-around athlete, Morgan Liedtke was also a standout shortstop on the Barb Sleek-coached Fort Frye softball team that finished with a 24-1 overall mark this past spring.
This summer, after a vacation with her family to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week, Liedtke is planning to assist her dad in a couple of basketball clinics, play hoops in the Warren League, and train to get ready for college ball.
"I've received a summer workout packet from Marietta College," Liedtke said. "So, I'll be pretty busy."