CANTON - After winning the Section 10 Class C Championship last season, Canton came full circle to win their schools first Class B Girls Basketball Championship by checking NAC Central rival OFA 59-38 at SUNY Canton on Friday night.
Whether Class C or Class B it was about D according to Canton Coach Mike Meyers after the Bears (16-4) earned to the right to chase a second straight Section 10 Overall Championship beginning on Tuesday night when they face Class D Champion Heuvelton at 5 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam. Class C Champion St. Lawrence Central and Class A Champion Malone play at 7:15 p.m.
The NAC Girls Basketball Awards ceremony will be held between games
We knew that if we were going to win tonight it would be with defense. We had to focus on not letting Meg Dodge and Riley Luckie get started, said Meyers.
They are outstanding players and we did a great job contesting their shots and helping out when they drove to the basket. We definitely played our best defensive game of the season.
The Canton offense would also rank high and displayed the Bears signature balance with four double figure scorers.
We are tough to defend because all five starters can score well. There is always a different person stepping up. said Meyers.
Emily Pinckney, who grabbed seven of her 11 rebounds in the first half, tallied six points in the first quarter where the Bears took a 16-10 lead and Kali Frank buried three threes in the second quarter igniting a 17-5 run to a 33-15 halftime margin.
Canton used a series a transition layups to lift the lead to 41-17 early in the third quarter and the Devils were never able to make inroads against the margin.
On offense we focus on passing and screening away. I just look to get open in the corner or on the wing said Frank who finished with four threes in scoring a game-high 16 points.
On defense we really work hard at boxing out. Tonight we did a good job defending some great players.
Tori Daley tallied 13 points with 10 rebounds and three steals for the Bears who netted eight of nine free throws. Pinckney also finished with a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals and Rachel Sanderson netted 10 points through the first three quarters and snatched three steals.
Rachel Huntley, Natalie DiSalvo, Katie Clemmer and Megan Howard all added two points.
We had a great season and this was just a great bunch to work with. I was very proud of the way they just kept playing hard even when we fell behind by quite a bit, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins who returns four of his top six players but must replenish the leadership of seniors Meg Dodge and Brooke Badlam.
Canton played extremely well and they do all the little things that it takes to win championships.
Susie Morrow tallied 10 points with six rebounds for OFA (13-7). Meg Dodge netted nine points with three assists and Riley Luckie tallied six points with five rebounds. Taylor Perry tallied five fourth-quarter points and grabbed three steals.
SLC WINS C TITLE
CANTON - The Section 10 championship drought is over for the St. Lawrence Central girls basketball team.
We came here ready to play and excited to play for a championship. We were ready to make history, said senior forward Lindsey Thayer after helping to lead the top-seeded Lady Larries of the NAC Central to their first ever sectional title with a 41-30 decision over Brushton-Moira of the NAC East.
Thayer finished with a game-high 12 points along with nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks as the Lady Larries answered the opening basket by BMC sophomore Kirstin Barrett with 11 straight points en route to building a 13-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Chelsea Savage (9 rebounds) and Bailee Gauthier (5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals) netted eight points apiece followed by senior Jenna Kesner (2 assists, 2 steals) with seven while freshman Breanna Evans accounted for the other six points.
Kirstin Barrett (13 rebounds, 5 steals, 10 points) tallied eight of her 10 points in the third quarter in helping B-M cut the deficit to 28-20 heading into the final frame where a three-pointer by Arielle Gary (10 points) cut the difference to six before SLC pulled away.
Heuvelton won the D Title.