OFA Starts Home Stretch With Win Vs Harrisville
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA used a series of quick scoring bursts to gain a 52-34 uptempo NAC Interdivision girls basketball victory over Harrisville on Friday.
The key mini run came in the final two minutes of the first half where the Devil reserves carried out vital roles as the Lady Devils (8-4) finished with a 13-3 advantage in the quarter and pulled away from a 15-13 first quarter lead.
"The final two minutes were very big. Our reserves went in and really did a nice job on defense. This was a big win for us because we have a big week ahead with St. Lawrence Central (Thursday at home) and Massena (Monday away) and we are going to play seven games 16 days," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.
"We played good defense tonight and after committing 19 turnovers in the first half we really took care of the ball. This was a nice win. Abby Raven, Emma LeBeau, Paige Pinkerton, Brinley Frederick and Samara LaFlair all played well off the bench."
Showing an athletic cast which looked to break on every possession Harrisville enjoyed a fast start but OFA's extended trapping defense slowed down the Pirates' running aspirations and limited their transition opportunities.
Emily Farrand (7 steals) and Gabrielle Morley thrived in the fast tempo scoring 15 and 12 points and Abby Raven tallied 10 points and three blocked shots. Riley Hough grabbed 10 rebounds and scored three points, Celia Henry scored five points and Hailey Reed came through with four points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
Rounding out the scoring were: Brinley Frederick with two points and Paige Pinkerton with one.
Hannah LaPlatney and Torie Moore combined for 11 and 10 points for the Pirates (7-5) who suffered their first nonleague loss of the season. Harlie Moore tallied seven points. Amy Manchester (4) and Alana Luther (2) rounded out the scoring.
"We played hard and hung in there for a while but we just had too many turnovers. OFA was very aggressive which is good," said Harrisville Coach Steve Roberts.
In the JV game Harrisville won a duel of second half quarter comebacks 32-27 led by a 27-point effort from Maegan Kackison who buried four 3-pointers on the night. OFA erased an 18-10 halftime lead scoring 15 unanswered points in the third quarter led by Olivia Merrill's 11 points. Harrisville answered with a 14-2 fourth quarter finish where Kackison scored 12 points with two 3s.
Ryenne Wohnsiedler and Logan Smith scored three and two points for Harrisville.
Olivia Merrill led the Devils with 17 points and Violeta DeGroat, Mallory Morley, Emma Axtell and Olivia Liebstein all added two.