Little Things Lead To Big OFA Win Over IR
BY DAVE SHEA
All the little things that mean a lot meant a lot on Saturday as OFA claimed a well-earned 50-47 nonleague girls basketball win over Indian River at home. Little things like good decisions on offense, executing inbounds plays under pressure, going full tilt after loose balls and making consistent close out challenges against shooters on defense according OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"This was a very nice team win. We played excellent defense against a very good team with some outstanding players and we adusted to their shooters," said Coach Loffler after the intense and hustle-filled matchup.
"We made the plays you have to make and we really hit the boards well."
The 8-4 Lady Devils climbed to 3-1 nonleague play after lifting their NAC Central record to 5-3 with a 67-16 win at Salmon River on Friday.
OFA 50 - Indian River 47: Gabrielle Morley buried a foul line jump shot and three strong moves to the goal to score eight quick points in the third quarter as OFA opened a 10-point lead and then held off a concerted comeback effort by the Warriors (5-6).
The Devils secured the win as Emily Farrand scored off a well-executed inbounds play, Farrand and Riley Hough combined on three free throws in the final 22 seconds and Celia Henry grabbed a key defensive rebound with 8/10s of a second remaining.
Isabella Davis and Jayne Alcock had key conversions in the final two minutes and LaKaiya Butcher netted two free throws to sustain the Warriors' comeback.
"Gabby Morley was big key for us. She was struggling with her shooting in the first half and came out in the third quarter and was on fire to get us up to 10-point lead," said Coach Loffler who will have his team at home on Friday for a nonleague game with Harrisville.
Farrand scored six points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 18 points with six steals. Riley Hough delivered a 13-point, 12 rebound double-double with five steals and Morley finished with eight points and five rebounds. Celia Henry added five points, Hailey Reed added two with seven rebounds and Brinley Frederick chipped in two points.
Adrienne Lamora led Indian River with 13 points followed by LaKaiya Butcher and Jayne Alcock with eight and Ravan Marsell and Madison Staples with six. Isabelle Davis and Brealee Dingman added four and two points.
OFA 67 - Salmon River 16: Riley Hough tallied six of her 12 points on the night in the first quarter where the Devils took control with an 18-3 lead and then rolled away with a 21-2 run in the second quarter where Emily Farrand (12 points) buried two 3-pointers. Abby Raven netted a game-high 13 points, Gabrielle Morley tallied 10 points and Paige Pinkerton scored six first-half points.
Other OFA scoring came from: Grace Hilborne (2), Emma LeBeau (4), Celia Henry (2) and Hailey Reed (4). Thomas led SR with 10 points and Swamp, Thompson and M. Martin all added two.