OFA Girls Stymy Potsdam: Canton "Survives"
BY DAVE SHEA
There are two major directives in every game plan of OFA Girls Basketball Coach Doug Loffler.
Play tough defense and attack the glass.
The Lady Devils (4-3, 6-4 Central) did both on Monday at home defeating Potsdam (0-7, 1-8), 63-22 starting a busy week which features a trip to Salmon River on Thursday and nonleague game against Indian River on Saturday afternoon (noon JV start).
"We did what we needed to do. We came out and took control of the game early with our defense and Riley Hough and Abby Raven really had nice games inside," said Coach Loffler after the Devils jumped out to an 18-5 lead.
"Tonight we were able to give all our players good playing time and the players coming off the bench played well. Everyone contributed in some way. Potsdam played very hard and never quit."
Emily Farrand provided multi-faceted leadership scoring a game-high 22 points with seven rebounds and five steals. Riley Hough tallied 14 points with six rebounds and Abby Raven went for eight points and 10 rebounds. Emma LeBeau added five rebounds and a free throw.
Gabrielle Morley scored eight points with Paige Pinkerton adding four and Celia Henry, Brinley Frederick and Hailey Reed each chipping in two.
Eight-point efforts by Sierra Cummings and Julia Basford led Potsdam. Katelyn Davis and Shawna Cummings followed with four and two points.
Canton held the Central lead with a 52-50 win over Massena, Malone (5-3, 6-5) dropped Salmon River (1-7, 3-9) 65-22 and St. Lawrence Central (3-5, 4-7) upended Gouverneur (5-3, 8-5) 42-29.
Potsdam won Monday's JV game 42-36 led by Hannah Dominy with 14 points and Salwa Hmyene who scored 11 and provided an early spark with two three-pointers and eight points in the first quarter. Olivia Merrill led a late comeback bid by OFA scoring six of her 14 points in the final two minutes.
"It was an improved effort for us. We stayed close for a long time but they were able to pull away. But we finished well," said OFA Coach John Cole.
"Quinn Cross scored eight points for OFA followed by Olivia Liebstein with six, Emma Axtell with two, Kenzie Bucher with three and Mallory Morley with one. Canton 52 - Massena 50: The 11-1 Golden Bears stayed unbeaten in the NAC Central at 8-0 by turning back an up-and-coming Massena squad.
"We survived. We had four of our top girls out tonight: Emily Wentworth Lexi Huiatt Hanna Reed and Kelsea Whittier. They are our press breakers and we struggled against their press," said Canton Coach Jim DiSalvo.
"Massena played well. Dominated the paint. Hopefully we will be back to full strength by the end of the month. We are in the next “man” up mentality."
Sarah Sieminski and Katie Chisholm anchored the Bears with 20 and 14 points and Chisholm buried three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Rounding out the scoring were: Maddie Hoy (7), Ester Shipman (5), Mary Lobdell (4) and Gretchen Warner (2).
Tsiakoseriio David scored 18 points leading the Raiders (5-3, 6-5) and Aryssa Hopps and Nova LeGrow each added nine followed by Armstrong (6), Shylena Mandigo (2), Tori Jacobs (3) and Layla Bingham (3).