OFA Girls Win; Gear For Ben Cordwell Tourney
BRASHER FALLS - A strong start and timely plays in the face of a second half rally by St. Lawrence Central produced a 50-46 win for OFA on Monday and a 3-0 start in NAC Central Division Girls Basketball play. OFA took a 14-5 first quarter lead and used timely plays to deny the Larries (1-2 NAC) who gained a 41-36 advantage over the final three quarters.
"We played excellent defense in the first quarter and then we got away from it at times. They got the lead in the third quarter and Grace Hilborne hit a big shot to help us get things going in the right direction," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"But we had 21 turnovers and went 4-for-18 from the free throw line. We have really got to work hard in practice tomorrow (Thursday) to get that taken care of before the tournament starting Friday. It is a great tournament with four very solid teams."
OFA will host the 20th Ben Cordwell Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Devils meet Norwood-Norfolk in the first round on Friday at 8 p.m. after Madrid-Waddington and Hammond meet at 6:30 p.m. The JV matchups will be held at OFA's two gyms at 5 p.m. with OFA facing Brushton-Moira and Hammond and M-W squaring off.
Saturday's action will begin at noon with the JV consolation and championship games followed by the varsity consolation and championship games at 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Emily Farrand (4 steals) scored seven of her 14 points in the third quarter answering an SLC move which outscored OFA 16-11. Leading SLC were seven points from Marissa McLean and six from Maggie Yandoh.
Riley Hough delivered a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for OFA and Abby Raven tallied seven points with six rebounds. Hailey Reed tallied six points with five rebounds and Gabriella Morley scored four points with six rebounds. Rounding out the scoring were: Samara LaFlair (2 points), Grace Hilborne (2 points) and Celia Henry (2 points).
Marissa McLean finished with a game-high 20 points, with 13 in the second half, for SLC and Madison Morreau and Kaitlyn Love each finished with five.
St. Lawrence Central won the JV game and the other Central Division game of the night saw Malone outscore Potsdam 47-37..