Huskies Drop OFA Girls; Bears, Wildcats Win
MALONE - The race for second place in the NAC Central remained a four-team race on Monday but the contenders in the runner up derby changed places a little in NAC Girls Basketball action. Canton (12-0, 15-2) clinched sole control of the first place with a 74-19 win over Salmon River while Malone (8-4, 10-7) and Massena (8-4, 10-7) came away with 8-4 records after posting wins.
Malone shaded OFA (7-4, 11-5) 39-35 at home and Massena won at St. Lawrence Central (4-8, 8-10) 56-49. Gouverneur (7-5 10-8), which is contending with OFA for the number two Class B seed for the Section 10 Tournament, prevailed over Potsdam (0-11, 3-14) 33-27.
Malone 39 - OFA 35: Sparked by forward Leah Gallager, who scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half, and anchored by solid team defense the Huskies prevailed with a 12-4 fourth quarter.
"We shot 2-14 in the paint in the fourth quarter and 10-30 in the game and we just didn't do a good job defending Leah Gallager who is a very good player. She works hard to get her shots and we just didn't defend her well in the second half," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"But we did a good job holding Madison Ansari to seven points. We play Potsdam on Wednesday and Indian River on Friday on the road and we have to score more inside where we get a lot of chances."
Ansari's seven points and six from Mackenzie Lane on a pair of threes rounded out the scoring.
Emily Farrand, who has been honored as the Victory Promotions Athlete of the Week for her high-scoring efforts last week, led OFA wth 10 points and Riley Hough (7 rebounds) and Gabrielle Morley each finished with seven. Haley Reed (6 rebounds) and Abby Raven (4 rebounds) scored six and two points.
Canton 74 - Salmon River 19: Eleven players contributed scoring for the Golden Bears who opened a 38-13 halftime lead. Katie Chisholm and Maddie Hoy combined for 16 and 14 points to lead the way. Emily Wentworth tallied nine and Lexi Huiatt and Sarah Sieminski each netted eight.
Other scoring came from: Gretchen Warner (6), Jilly DiSalvo (4), Hailey Duvall (1), Abby Dent (2), Mary Lobdell (2) and Sophia Ladouceur (4).
Megan Martin tallied six points to lead Salmon River.
Gouverneur 33 - Potsdam 27: The Wildcats relied on strong team rebounding to prevail over Potsdam in a defensive-oriented game. Torie Salisbury scored 10 points with five rebounds, Raelin Burns came through with eight points and five rebounds and Lexi Devlin delivered six points and six rebounds for the Wildcats who closed the game with a 15-10 fourth quarter. Other contributions came from: Cierra Besaw (5 points), Kaitlyn Gibson (4 rebounds), Rabbit Sweet (2 points, 6 rebounds) and Shacoria Jackson (2 points, 5 rebounds).
"Tonight was one of those nights that we just had a hard time scoring. We had good looks, we just had trouble finishing around the rim, and couldn't get our outside shots to fall. It happens" said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin. "We were able to get some rebounds which kept us in the battle, especially late in the game. We are still not healthy, but our girls really play hard and never stop. Tonight was a good win for us."
Luca Pecora and Julia Basford both scored eight points for Potsdam followed by Shawna Cummings with six points and Katie Davis with four.