MASSENA - A strong fourth-quarter start boosted Massena a 46-45 NAC Central Division Girls Basketball decision over OFA which left both teams at 3-1 locked with 3-1 Canton and Malone and 2-1 Salmon River in group of five teams with one loss.
The Lady Raiders worked their way to a 36-33 lead heading into the fourth where they opened with six straight points to go ahead by nine at 42-33 then held on to hand the Lady Blue Devils their first loss to a division rival.
We got a little rattled when (senior forward) Marissa Manley had to sit with her fourth foul in the fourth quarter but the girls were able to show some great composure down the stretch, noted coach Roy Thomas after the Lady Raiders improved to 5-2 overall
This is definitely a big win for us.
Alisha Jacobs (5 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals) led all scorers with 18 points in the win, including three three-pointers in the third quarter. Manley finished with 12 points and seven boards. Samantha Villnave also pulled down eight rebounds and netted six points and Dominique Valancius fashioned a team-high four steals.
Riley Luckie (6 assists) scored nine of her team-high 12 points in the first half, closing out her night with a long range three-pointer with just over nine seconds left in regulation that cut the Massena lead to 46-45. The Lady Blue Devils (5-2, 3-1) did get one more possession after pulling to within one but were unable to produce a last-second shot. Meg Dodge (3 threes, 3 steals) and Susie Morrow (7 rebounds) contributed 10 points. Felicia Barr hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. Shannon Tooley and Courtney Sherwin closed out the OFA scoresheet with four points and one point.
The Lady Raiders return to action on Friday with a trip to 3-2 Malone to while OFA travels to Salmon River.
Massena JVs 49, OFA JVs 26: Jessica Rode led the junior Lady Raiders with 12 points followed by Stephanie McKeel with eight while Jaylee Jones, Devin Kelly and Madeline Thibault all finished with six. For OFA, which scored 18 of its 26 points from the foul line, Erin Tooley tossed through nine points followed by Alicia Shaver with four.
Malone 49 - Gouverneur 24: Morgan Fountain generated 16 points and Rachel Lamica added 13 to lead the Lady Huskies (4-2, 3-3 NAC Central). Kirsten Roberts scored six points and Rachel Knowlton added five for Gouverneur (2-5, 0-5 NAC Central).