Lady Devils Lead Race For Second Behind Bears
BY DAVE SHEA
One Central Division Race all but ended while another remained a four-team scramble in Thursday night's NAC Girls Basketball action.
Canton (11-0, 14-2) secured at least a tie for a share of the championship with a 53-42 win over Gouverneur (6-5, 9-7) while OFA (7-3, 11-4) held the inside track in the race for second over Massena (7-4, 9-7) and Malone (7-4, 9-6) with a 57-45 win over St. Lawrence Central (4-7, 8-9).
Massena downed Salmon River 55-24 and Malone dropped Potsdam 57-31.
OFA 57 - St. Lawrence Central 45: The visiting Larries, led by the high energy duo Maggi Yandoh and Marissa McLean, set a fast tempo in scoring the first six points of the game. OFA junior Emily Farrand (6 points) thrived in the uptempo pace scoring a season-high 28 points to empower the Devils took a 14-8 first quarter lead which they never relinquished.
Yandoh and McLean, who eventually scored 16 and 17 points, paced a Larrie effort which never wavered but the Devils used strong rebounding and transition defense to pull away in a 14-6 third quarter advance where Farrand scored eight points.
"St. Lawrence Central had some very good players and played very yard. We really had to play scrappy tonight and I thought we gave a very good effort," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"We rebounded well tonight and Emma LeBeau gave us a very good second half. Emily Farrand does a great job attacking the basket and at 7-3 in the league and 11-4 overall we are having a very good year. But we play Malone, Potsdam and Indian River next week and then finish at Canton and at home against Gouverneur so obviously we have big games to come. Finishing inside will be the key as we go on."
The Devils continued to get solid production inside by the committee of Gabby Morley with eight points, five rebounds and three blocks; Riley Hough with seven points and eight rebounds, Hailey Reed with four points, Abby Raven with two points and three blocks and Emma LeBeau and Grace Hilborne with two points each. Celia Henry added one point to go along with some active perimeter defense.
Abby Lemieux tallied six points for SLC, Mackenzie Moreau netted three and Kenadee Love added two.
A smooth shooting SLC JV team controlled the preliminary game led by Rylee Daoust and Brianna Foster who scored 23 and 19 points. Olivia Merrill led OFA with nine points followed by Emma Axtell with six, Kenzie Bucher with three and Olivia Liebstein and Quinn Crossen with one point apiece.
"St. Lawrence Central is a top notch and very skilled team and I want to credit my girls for the way they are working to get better," said OFA JV Coach Jon Cole.
Canton 53 - Gouverneur 42: The Golden Bears created their margin of victory by outscoring the Wildcats in every quarter. Guard Katie Chisholm tallied a game-high 19 points and Maddie Hoy came through with a vital 15 interior points. Chisholm went 6-8 from the foul line and scored seven points in the fourth quarter where the Bears turned back a last ditch Wildcat rally. Hoy went 7-10 from the line and Hailee Duvall went 6-6 from the line for the Bears who converted eight times in the fourth quarter.
Rounding out the winning offense were: Hailey Duvall (6), Lexi Huiatt (4), Sarah Sieminski (4), Emily Wentworth (3), Gretchen Warner (1) and Hannah Reed (1).
Raelin Burns buried two 3-pointers scoring eight of her 18 points in the fourth quarter where Gouverneur pulled within two points to lead a tenacious effort by Gouverneur. The Wildcats also received 10 points from Lainey Smith, seven points from Cierra Besaw, five from Lexi Devlin and two Shacoria Jackson.
"Again, we had to play without a full roster due to the flu, but I thought we played very well. We played very tough, gritty defense tonight against a very good Canton team. We held one of their top scorers to four points and held them to only one made three pointer," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.
"For us, those are successes within the game. The game was a single digit game the entire game and we had it within two points in the fourth quarter, and that's all we can ask for against that type of team. I am happy with our effort".