OFA, Boys, Girls Enjoy Fast Starts Sweeping Massena
BY DAVE SHEA OFA Boys Basketball Coach Mark Henry and his Girls Basketball counterpart, Doug Loffler, didn't really know what to expect as their teams entered the opening games of their Northern Conference seasons on Tuesday against Massena. The key aspect of their apprehension was that the tipoff games of the one-month season were the Blue Devil squads' first opportunity to play 5-on-5. Both teams prospered with consistency on offense and defense as the Lady Devils gained a 55-35 win at home and the boys prevailed by holding the Raiders to single digit scoring in three quarters recording a 67-32 victory. BOYS GAME After OFA took an 11-1 lead Massena answered with a 21-point burst in the second quarter where Thomas McGregor buried three 3-points and Zachary LaBarge struck for two. The Devils used their efficient fastbreak to answer with 18 points and senior Trent Sargent delivered a long range spark striking for three 3s in the third quarter and closed out a game-high 23 point performance with seven points in fourth. His impact leadership also featured 11 rebounds, 6 assists and seven steals. Eli Bullock tallied 11 points for OFA, Logan Horton netted nine with three rebounds with three rebounds and three assists, Aiden LaFlair dropped in eight points with five rebounds and Justice McIntrye added six points and four rebounds. Rounding out the scoring were David Vernsey with four points and seven defensive rebounds, Conner Graveline with five points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals and Kam Johnson with one point. "It was just great to see the student athletes on the court again. They have worked so hard and deserve to play these 10 games. I thought defensively we played really well tonight. Coach Sargent has done a great job in practice getting them ready to defend," said OFA Coach Mark Henry. "It was the first time we were able to play 5 on 5 this year. I thought our seniors played great on both ends of the floor. Trent and Eli defended the perimeter very well and led the team in scoring with 23 and 11. Logan scored nine and hit the offensive glass well. David did a great job rebounding and starting our break as well as defending the much taller Ethan Firnstein. Overall a great start to the season. Massena played really hard and shot it really well in the second quarter." Ethan Firstein, McGregor and LaBarge led the Raiders with 10, nine and eight points followed by Luke Greco (1), DeShawn Walton (2) and Luke VanBorstel (2). The Devils will host Massena on Saturday starting with the JV game at 11 a.m. followed by the varsity. OFA JVs will be looking to bounce back from a very competitive loss to Massena. Tomorrow's Boys Varsity & JV Basketball Games OFA vs. Massena is being live streamed via the Ogdensburg City School District's Facebook page or access to the District's Facebook page from the "Social Feeds" area of the District's website. GIRLS GAME The Lady Devils methodically pulled away from a 13-10 quarter lead fueled by the irrepressible motor of guard Emily Farrand who scored a game-high 18 points on the run while playing all but 40 seconds in the second quarter. "I love Emily's game, she never stops taking it to the defense even at the end of the game when I try to get to slow down sometimes when we have the lead. We needed her on the court at all times because we were short on ballhandlers. I am really pleased with the win. We have two players out because of a quarantine and this was our first chance to play five on five. Whenever Massena made a little run we answered and that was great to see," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler. "Our defense was good, Brinley Frederick gave us a shooting spark, Abby Raven was big in the post and Riley Hough gave us steady scoring inside. We had eight girls, they all played and contributed and junior Cadence Payne did a really nice job for not having played since eighth grade." Riley Hough (8 rebounds) used quick moves in the lane in scoring 14 points and Abby Raven put together a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and six blocks. Brinley Frederick buried a three-pointer and two perimeter jumpers in succession in the third quarter and finished with nine points. Cadence Payne tallied two points to complement an eight-rebound effort off the bench. Shaylena Mandigo led Massena with 11 points from the perimeter and Tori Jacobs worked the inside for nine points. Other scoring came from: Hayleigh Armstrong (5), Joey Abrantes (4), Aryssa Hopps (4) and Faith Halladay (2). Massena controlled the JV game but OFA Coach Jon Cole saw some good things from his squad in its opener especially the way his players boxed out on the defensive boards. The OFA Girls will travel to Massena on Saturday morning for an 11 a.m. JV start followed by the varsity. The game can be followed by subscribing to the National Federation of High School Sports Network which allows subscribers to view games which are streamed on the network from all over the country for the whole season. In one other game matching NAC Central Division members Malone downed Salmon River 77-22.