Senior Night victories are always special.
On Monday night, OFA (10-5, 8-4 NAC Central) registered a 60-36 Senior Night win over Potsdam which Coach Lynn Blevins felt was extra special in terms of momentum toward the Section 10 Class B Tournament.
Significant because the Lady Devils used a very effective person-to-person defense against the Stoners, who possess two all-star caliber players in Sarah Vivlamore and Breanne Sapp, and anchored the winning offense around smooth interior passing and high efficiency in the fastbreak.
Our ball movement was excellent again tonight and that is one area where we have improved a great deal over the course of the season, said Blevins after the Devils started a three-game final week of the NAC Central season.
Potsdam has two outstanding players in Bre Sapp and Sarah Vivlamore and we worked very hard against them on defense.
Before the game seniors Meg Dodge, Brooke Badlam and Paige Perry and their parents were honored in a Senior Day ceremony before the final regularly scheduled regular season game. The Lady Devils will be home again tonight hosting Salmon River in a makeup game and will conclude the regular season on Thursday at Massena. The OFA court and ice arena will be abuzz with action this week. The OFA boys basketball team, newly installed as the number two Class B team in the state rankings, will travel to Potsdam tonight, host Salmon River on Wednesday and host Massena in its Coaches Vs Cancer Game on Friday.
The OFA Hockey team hosts Salmon River tonight in its Coaches Vs Cancer game and entertains the Islanders on Wednesday.
Dodge (6 rebounds) enjoyed a memorable senior night scoring 24 points on 10-17 shooting with 19 points over the course of a 40-16 run during the second and third quarters. Riley Luckie (6 rebounds, 3 steals) buried three threes scoring 12 points and Susie Morrow (8 rebounds) tallied 12 points on 6-13 shooting.
Courtney Sherwin (2 points) grabbed 13 rebounds, Paige Perry added four points and Erin Tooley and Molly Ahrens chipped in with two. Sarah Vivlamore led Potsdam (0-13 NAC) with 24 points, Bre Sapp netted 10 and Courtney DiTullio.
The OFA JVs posted a 33-21 win and followed up a strong effort in a 30-26 against a division-leading Canton squad on Thursday.
Jill Lincolns 13 points and six steals and Kelsey Pinkerton delivered eight rebounds and 10 steals to lead Coach Jade Vernseys team against Potsdam. Other strong outings came from Kiera Johnson (6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals), Megan Mills (7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Maggie Peo (6 rebounds). Rory Sixberry tallied eight points for Potsdam. Jill Lincoln netted four threes scoring 12 points and Chelsey Raven scored six points vs, Canton.
CANTON GIRLS WIN
Canton 83, Gouverneur 37: Natalie DiSalvo tossed tallied a game-high 19 points while Kali Frank and Meg Howard added 12 points for the 11-2 Bears. Rebecca Bulsiewicz and Jessica Rotundo netted eight points each for the Wildcats.
SLC 49 - SR 42: - Bailee Gauthier and Lindsey Thayer led St. Lawrence with 17 and 10 points. Jaden Mitchell led the Lady Shamrocks with 12 points
Malone 60, Massena 21:The Huskies clinched sole possession of the division title at 13-1. Samanntha Villnave paced the Massena (6-11, 5-8) offense with 10 points. Meghan OConnor led a balanced Malone effort with 15 points.