Lady Devil Seniors Close Season On High Note
BY DAVE SHEA
As the two teams warmed up at the Bill Merna Court, it was obvious that host OFA held a definite advantage in length with Norwood-Norfolk in the Lady Blue Devils final game of the 10-game COVID-19 compromised season.
The Devils (7-3) exploited that athletic length to the max on offense and defense and received superb offensive leadership from seniors Gabby Morley with 19 points and Emily Farrand and Emma LeBeau with nine points to gain a 63-38 win over a well-coached N-N squad with a formidable 3-point shooting capabilities.
"We played very well and I couldn't be happier for our seniors. In my four years coaching them Emily Farrand, Gabby Morley, Emma LeBeau and Riley Hough have given me everything I could ask for. They are all great players and great students and they are just great people. Emma LeBeau had her best scoring ever tonight and first year senior Kaydence Ripa made a nice three. This is what coaching is all about," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"And our first year players just keep getting better. I just wish we had 10 more games to see how far they will come. Olivia Liebstein has really improved alot and made some nice plays out there tonight. "
LeBeau netted her career best nine points in the first half where the Devils took a 33-20 lead and maintained an edge in play by controlling both backboards and making decisive close outs on the N-N shooters. Abby Raven scored six of her 14 points in the third quarter where Morley also scored six and the duo led the Devils' control of the boards which produced several putbacks and signaled the start of several length of court runs by Farrand.
Rounding out the scoring were: Brinley Frederick with four, OIivia Merrill with three, Kaydence Ripa with three and Olivia Liebstein with two.
Kylee Kellison buried two 3s scoring 16
points in the first half for N-N and KJ Belmore and Amy Schiavone also netted two 3s scoring nine and six points. Bri Stratton added four, Molly Gardner chipped in two and Grace Phillips chipped in one.
ST. REGIS FALLS GIRLS GO UNBEATEN FRANKLIN COUNTY
St. Regis Falls finished the Franklin County season with an unbeaten record in a 55-30 win over Salmon River. Rhea Work scored 27 points for the Saints followed by Emily Arcadi (9), Abby Greguire (6), Kendra Richards (5), Olivia Wilson (4) and Carly Walker (4).
"Great end to our season tonight to finish the short season undefeated. I am really proud of this very young team, and hope that they continue to put the work in. Excited for the potential of this group," said St. Regis Coach Justin Todd via facebook.
In the boys game Salmon River downed St. Regis Falls 90-37 and in one other girls game Brushton-Moira downed Tupper Lake 52-26.
Opening the NAC Volleyball season Salmon River downed Tupper Lake 3-0.