OFA Girls Ready For Challenging Schedule
The OFA Girls Basketball team held their own in the NAC Central Division last season at 7-7 and fashioned a very creditable overall record of 11-8 in a very difficult schedule. The Lady Devils are looking to improve in both planes in the season ahead.
The challenges remain very high at both levels and the new season begins with the Lady Devils' Central Division opener at Potsdam on Thursday.
Along with their division schedule Coach Doug Loffler's team will play Class A Indian River of the Frontier League home and home, host Madrid-Waddington, Hammond and Norwood-Norfolk in the Ben Cordwell Tournament on Dec. 20-21 play, Lisbon in the day long "Freddie" basketball celebration on Jan. 11 and will also play Harrisville in a nonleague game.
"Our schedule is a little different this year because we are not making a trip to the Albany area but it will be very challenging," said Coach Loffler who will be assisted by former OFA Head Coach Lynn Blevins and Wes McDonald.
"We lost some key players in Katie Rogers who was an All-Northern, Shelby Ross, Matti Hough who is playing at JCCC and Natalie McCormick. But we have a good returning cast and some promising players coming up from JVs."
Loffler feels that the makeup of the team will make depth and athleticism key strengths along with defense and rebounding.
"We have a lot of girls who can play. We have good size and a lot of the girls have played a lot together in the offseason," he said.
"We can play different defenses but we have to make shots. We were in a lot of games last season which came down to making the big shots."
Senior members of the team are: center-forward Hailey Reed, guard-forward Celia Henry and guards Siarra and Samara LaFlair. Guard Emily Farrand, guard-forward Riley Hough and forward Gabrielle Morley are juniors starting their second varsity seasons and junior forward Emma LeBeau is moving up from the junior varsity level.
Sophomores moving up are: guards Brinley Frederick and Paige Pinkerton and forward Grace Hilborne along with freshman center Abby Raven.