Defensive adjustments activated two major momentum shifts as host OFA met Hammond in the championship game of the Ben Cordwell Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament on Monday afternoon.
After OFA took a 15-14 lead in the first quarter where both teams used fullcourt defensive pressure to create transition opportunites, Hammond dropped back into a halfcourt zone a gained a 30-27 halftime lead.
The Blue Devils (7-2) countered with a triangle-and-two defense which keyed a 19-5 third quarter advantage which anchored a 51-43 victory to hand Hammond (7-1) its first loss of the season.
Meg Dodge, who mixed four threes with well-timed drives to the basket in a dynamic 17-point performance, tallied eight points in the pivotal third quarter.
Meg Dodge had a strong game offensively and we went to a triangle and two to keep people around Alyssa Crosby who is such a great player. Our girls are very good at helping out and they did a great job at sliding over when Alyssa had the ball and getting out to challenge shooters. We had a great third quarter for a second straight game, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins, who was extremely pleased at the balance in his teams offense which produced five players with seven points or more.
Hammond is such a good team and has a great program. Getting a win against them is very special, this was my first win in eight tries.
OFAs sophomore point guard Riley Luckie was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring eight points with a pair of threes, passing out eight assists and committing only one turnover in the face of a disruptive Red Devil defense.
Riley made so many contributions in different areas in both games of the tournament and committed very few turnovers, said Blevins.
Luckie was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Blue Devil forward Felicia Barr who who,m went 6-6 from the foul line in a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Hammmonds Crosby who finished 21 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks and Gabby Marshall who hit six threes in the a first round win over Madrid-Waddington. Rounding out the All-Tournament Team were were M-Ws athletic post player Jenny King and Gouverneurs relentless guard Noelle Carbone.
Ben Cordwell Sportsmanship Awards went to OFAs Dodge, Hammonds Brianne Langtry, M-Ws Shelby Kendall and Gouverneurs Danielle Bullock. Rounding out OFAs cast of contributors in the title win were: Courtney Sherwin with five points and five rebounds, Susie Morrow with eight points, six rebounds and two steals and Shannon Tooley with five rebounds and two points.
Mikayla Horton (9 rebounds) tallied nine first-half points with baseline jump-shooting and grabbed nine rebounds but Hammond was unable to generate any further complementary scoring.
Cassi Whalen grabbed 10 rebounds and Brianne Lantry and Emily Bush each tallied three points.
We were a little on our heals during the whole game. We needed to be in a more attacking mode. All of us. We knew OFA would fight for 32 minutes and they did, said Hammond Coach Shawn Dack. They out hustled us all over and its something we will learn from.
M-W 59 - Gouverneur 21: The Yellowjackets made 11 of 12 free throws in the second half led by Tess Knight (3 assists) who went 6-6 from the foul line scoring a game-high 12 points. Katie Marcellus went 4-4 from the line scoring 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds as a key in a defensive effort which limited a high-energy Gouverneur team to single digit scoring in all four quarters
Desiree Pryce scored five of her seven points in the second quarter sparking M-W to a 14-5 pull-away and Jenny King (4 rebounds) tallied nine points. Oliva Parmeter contributed six points, three assists and two steals.
Rachel Knowlton and Noelle Carbone each scored six points for Gouverneur.
M-W JVS REPEAT TITLE
The Madrid-Waddington JVs won their second tournament of the season and repeated as Ben Cordwell Tournament Champions in a 40-32 victory over OFA.
Honored with Ben Cordwell Sportsmanship Awards were Catherine Andrews of Gouverneur, Paige Frisina of Hammond, Kaleigh Field of Madrid-Waddington and Taylor Perry of OFA. Kaleigh Field scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half leading the Yellowjackets along with Hannah Marcellus who scored 11 points. Sam Duggan and Mary Young followed with seven and five points.
Kristen Snyder and Kierra Johnson tallied eight and seven points for OFA with Erin Tooley netting six. Taylor Perry and Mackenzie Holland tallied four, Emma Hart chipped in a field goal and Danielle Guimond added a free throw.
Paige Frisina scored seven points in a 13-4 third quarter for Hammond which won the consolation game 31-16. Sierra Flemming netted eight points and Ally Crosby netted four. Madison Mullikin, Melissa Proven, Abby Hodgdon and Hannan McCarty all added two. Emily Bush and Catherine Andrews scored seven and five points for Gouverneur and Erica Rotundo and Shannon Knowlton each added two.