OFA Girls Check Raiders; Bears, Wildcats Win
BY DAVE SHEA
Canton climbed to 10-0 in NAC Central Division Girls Basketball race and put a virtual lock on the division title with a 37-34 win at Malone on Monday.
OFA scored a key 49-41 win at Massena which was vital to the Lady Devils' (6-3, 10-4) hopes of a securing a second place finish in the division and the all important number two Class B seed behind Canton for the Section 10 Tournament.
The race for second place in the division is a four-team affair with OFA and a trio of 6-4 teams in Class B Gouverneur (6-4,9-5) after a 59-34 win over Salmon River, and Class A teams in Massena (6-4, 8-7) and Malone (6-4, 8-6).
"This was a tough game. We took a 20-2 lead but went into the offensive doldrums in the second quarter where they outscored us 19-3. But we turned it around with a 17-3 third quarter and outscored them 9-8 in the fourth," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"Our defense in the first and third quarters and our defense at the end of the game were the difference. We really locked down on D and we made big foul shots at the end. This was a big win and we have some big games coming starting with St. Lawrence Central on Thursday. We finish at Canton and at Gouverneur and gaining that second Class B seed and home court is very, very important."
St. Lawrence Central (4-6, 8-8) downed Potsdam (0-9, 3-12) 56-32 in the other Central game of the night.
OFA 49 - Massena 41: Emily Farrand's ability to gain access to driving lanes keyed a 20-point, 6-round, 6-steal performance where she made 11 of 20 free throws and scored 10 points in the first quarter and eight in the third quarter. Farrand, who named to the Class B Sixth Team of the All-New York State Girls Volleyball selections on Monday, also made two clutch free throws late in the fourth quarter where Hailey Reed went 3-4 from the line in a seven-point effort.
Riley Hough delivered nine points and seven rebounds leading a productive interior collaboration which also included Reed's seven points, seven points and six rebounds from Abby Raven and two points from Gabrielle Morley. Brinley Frederick rounded out the winning offense with one point.
Ayrssa Hopps scored 10 points leading a well distributed Massena offense which also included nine from Kailey Peets, six from Hayleigh Armstrong and five from Shaylena Mandigo. Rounding out the Raider scoring were: Savannah Gauthier (4), Layla Bingham (5), Tsiakoseriio David (3) and Nova LeGrow (1).
Canton 37 - Malone 34: The Golden Bears weathered a fourth quarter rally which saw Malone gain a 13-8 advantage where Madison Ansari scored nine of her game-high 17 points on the night. Katie Chisholm led Canton with 15 points with eight in the second quarter and Lexi Huiatt and Sarah Sieminski followed with nine and eight. Emily Wentworth and Mary Lobdell folliowed with three and two points.
"It was tough. Malone played a great game defensively. Lexi Huiatt had an outstanding game and Katie Chisholm was once again our leader in the floor. Emily Wentworth played limited minutes in her first game back and looked like she will be back in form soon," said Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo.
Caitlin Douglass and Leah Gallagher both scored six points for Malone and Mackenzie Lane netted five.
Gouverneur 59 - Salmon River 24: Lexi Devlin scored 14 points with a pair of 3s in a nine-point fourth quarter and grabbed five rebounds and Laney Smith scored eight of her 18 points in the first quarter for Gouverneur which used its depth to overcome the effects of a flu bug in the school. Raelin Burn scored eight points, Shacoria Jackson (9 rebounds) and Kaitlyn Gibson each scored six points, Rabbit Sweet netted four and Makayla Douglass added three.
"We had to have several girls play extended minutes tonight because we were down a couple players due to sickness. We have been hit very hard by the flu bug. We had some other girls step up tonight and we needed that," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.
"Salmon River played very hard and they have really improved. They are well coached. I am hoping we get healthy fast because we have to travel to Canton Thursday, and we need to be ready to play."
Kamea Thomas scored nine points to lead Salmon River, Megan Martin netted six, Hailey Leroux tallied four and Jacobi Mitchell and Lindsay Martin added three and two.