Canton Holds Central League Downing OFA
BY DAVE SHEA
Canton opened a 10-point lead early in the second quarter of Thursday's NAC Girls Basketball game at OFA by scoring in transition after forcing turnovers and hitting timely three-pointers. The Golden Bears defended the lead in similar fashion against intrusions by OFA and used the same formula to eventually away to a 54-35 win, a 7-0 division record, a two-game lead over Gouverneur and Massena at 5-2 and an overall record of 10-1.
"OFA has a nice club. We did a good job tonight adjusting our rotations to the loss of Lexi Huiatt and Emily Wentworth to injury. We did a good job packing our zone against OFA which is very strong side and we got out and ran when we could," said Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo.
The Bears received offensive and defensive leadership from the standout senior guard combination of Katie Chisholm who drilled four 3-pointers in a 25-point night and Sarah Sieminski who netted two treys in a 15-point effort.
Gretchen Warner and Ester Shipman each scored four points and Maddie Hoy, Abby Dent and Mary Lobdell each chipped in with two.
"We just had too many turnovers. You can't turn the ball over against Canton because they turn them into fast breaks," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler after his Lady Devils slipped to 3-3 in league play and 4-4 overall heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. nonleague game with Lisbon which will tip off the four game "Freddie Badlam Basketball Celebration."
"But we did shoot foul shots much better tonight and I was happy with the way our young girls played against Canton's defensive pressure. We were able to force some turnovers tonight but we have to do a much better job getting into an offense."
Riley Howe led OFA with 12 points, five rebounds and three steals and Gabrielle Morley came through with six points and six rebounds. Emily Farrand scored seven points on 7-8 free throwing shooting and grabbed three steals and Samara LaFlair, Brinley Frederick, Hailey Reed (3 rebounds) and Abby Raven all added two points.
Pagie Pinkerton, Emma LeBeau and Celia Henry all chipped in free throws."
Canton won the JV 52-13: controlling the action through the leadership of Amelia Brody and Ava Hoy with 14 points, Lindsey Filiatrault with 12 and Mattigan Porter with seven. OFA's scoring came on three points from Quinn Crosson and two from Violet Degroat, and Olivia Merrill, Olivia Liebstein, Kenzie Bucher and Mallory Morley with two.
OFA Coach Jon Cole credited his team for their resilient efforts and desire to improve.
MASSENA, SR, MALONE WIN
Massena 61 - Gouverneur 45: The Raiders (5-2, 6-3) moved into a second place tie with the Wildcats (5-2, 8-4) by controlling the second and third quarters 34-13. Toni Jacobs and Layla Bingham combined for 15 and 14 points leading a balanced offense where five players scored six points or more.
Nova LeGrow and Tsiakoserier David each netted eight and Hayleigh Armstrong added six. Shaylena Mandigo and Savanah Gauthier dropped in five points apiece.
"Massena shot the ball very well in the second half and we struggled scoring. Our inexperience showed at times and they dominated the boards. We need to get better," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.
Laney Smith scored 10 points with three assists for Gouverneur and Cierra Besaw sank five of seven free throws scoring nine points along with Tori Salisbury.
Raelin Burns (6 rebounds) and Shacoria Jackson (9 rebounds) each scored seven points. Lexi Devlin grabbed five rebounds and scored two points.
Salmon River 44 - Potsdam 41: Iohseriio Tabor buried three crunch time free throws for the Shamrocks (1-6, 3-8) who won their first Central game led by Kamea Thomas who scored 22 points with four steals and Mia Leroux grabbed 13 rebounds while scoring six points.
Kiyahan Thomas scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds and two steals and Lindsay Martin tallied 10 points.
"It was a big win for the Salmon River girls basketball team. Kamea Thomas has a monster game defensively that led to fast break points Our defense was great and Mia Leroux and Kiyahna Thomas rebounded well and Lindsay Martin had a nice effort with 10 points.
Iohseriio Tabor sealed the win with free throws at the end," said SR Coach Shawn Martin.
Sierra Cummings led Potsdam (0-6, 1-6) with 13 points, Basford netted 12 and Shauna Cummings added six. Kate Davis tallied five points and Grace Mattimore added four.
In the other Central Division game Malone (4-3, 5-5) downed St. Lawrence Central (2-5, 4-7) 60-37.