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Salmon River girls turn back Potsdam; SLC, N-N net North Division wins


Salmon River turned back Potsdam while Massena fell short to OFA in NAC Central Division varsity girls basketball action on Thursday.

Salmon River 74, Potsdam 33: In a matchup of Class B rivals at Fort Covington, the host Lady Shamrocks (12-3, 7-3) worked their way to a 37-23 halftime lead then put the game away with a 24-6 fourth-quarter run. Abby Kelly tossed through a game-high 26 points to lead the winning effort. Taylor Francis chipped in 13 followed by Jaiden Mitchell with 12 and Kwiio King with 11. Jocelyn Martin and Zaagaate Jock added four points apiece while Samantha Ghostlaw and Aliyah Cook closed out the Salmon River scoresheet with two points each.

For Potsdam (2-12, 1-9), Breanne Sapp led the way with 12 points followed by Shanielle Chambers with 10 and Sarah Vivlamore with three. Courtney DiTullio, Mavis Meng, Katherine Blanchard and Kayla Phillips all finished with two points.

OFA 47, Massena 39: In Ogdensburg, the Lady Blue Devils built a 25-19 halftime lead and made it stand for the win.

Meg Dodge tossed through four three-pointers in leading all scorers with 17 points for OFA (12-4, 7-3). Riley Luckie added 12 points followed by Felicia Barr with seven, Susie Morrow with six, Shannon Tooley with four and Courtney Sherwin with one.

Marissa Manley anchored the Massena (10-7, 7-4) scoring with 12 points. Alisha Jacobs added nine while Steffanie Premo and Samanntha Villnave contributed eight apiece and Sidney Thompson accounted for the other two.


In other NAC girls basketball action on Thursday, North Division matchups saw St. Lawrence Central halt Tupper Lake 57-14 and Madrid-Waddington beat Norwood-Norfolk 66-23 while Chateaugay dropped Colton-Pierrepont 46-15 in the only East Division contest and Hammond outscored Hermon-DeKalb 44-39 in the lone West Division encounter.

Gouverneur at Franklin Academy and Clifton-Fine at Heuvelton were both postponed.

SLC 57, Tupper Lake 14: In Brasher Falls, the Lady Larries steadily pulled away from an 11-4 lead by the end of the first quarter. Breanna Vatter pumped through five three-pointers to spark the SLC offense with 20 points. She also tallied six rebounds and two assists. Sam Richards added 10 points. Caitlin Grow (15 rebounds) and Lindsay Thayer (12 rebounds) both finished with nine points and five assists. Noelle Rufa netted five points. Chelsea Savage and Jenna Kesner each tallied a field goal as SLC improved to 9-6 overall and 5-2 in the division.

For the Lumberjacks, Lizzie Zurek scored six points followed by Katie Stuart with five, Sidney Kulzer with two and Amie Luton with a free throw.

M-W 66, N-N 23: In Madrid, the host Lady Yellowjackets successfully displayed unselfish ball movement from start to finish in downing the Lady Flyers.

Passing out 18 assists on 28 possible attempts, the Jackets improved to 7-0, 13-1 overall over the Flyers (3-12, 0-7 NAC North).

“We’re coming together as a team. Offensively, we were unselfish and we distributed the ball well. Bridget Beldock has been a nice addition and she’s getting stronger every day,” said M-W coach Gary Tischler.

Beldock was nine for 17 from the field (5-9 3’s) finishing with 19 points, eight steals, three assists and two boards as M-W built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and led 30-11 by halftime.

Tessa Knight generated 12 points, five steals, four assists and two steals while Katie Marcellus (7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists) and Jenn King (9 rebounds, 1 assist) each logged nine points. Olivia Parmeter added eight points, five steals, four assists and two rebounds while Taylor Lenny chipped in five points, two assists and one steal,. Sierra Dumas (2 steals, 1 assist, 1 rebound), Desiree Pryce (2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 points, 1 steal) and Shelby Kendall (7 boards, 2 points, 1 steal) rounded out the winning effort.

Miranda Langtry scored seven points for Norwood-Norfolk. Katie Ames tallied six followed by four from Cadence Huckins and two each from Breanna Deshane, Kim Stewart and Desiree Palmer.

Chateaugay 46, C-P 15: In Chateaugay, the Lady Bulldogs led 25-5 at halftime en route to raising their undefeated East Division-leading record to 9-0. Courtney Boyea anchored a balanced Chateaugay (12-2) offense with 11 points, including the 1,000th of her varsity career. Brianna Cook added nine followed by Caitlin Miller with eight and Katie Beach with seven.

Morgan Doyle netted 13 of the 15 points generated by the Lady Colts (3-11, 2-6) while Eve Whalen accounted for the other two.


The lone NAC varsity boys basketball contest slated for Thursday had Norwood-Norfolk pulling away to a 70-42 interdivisional win on the road over Parishville-Hopkinton.

Cody Rust led the way offensively for the Flyers (2-14) with 18 points. Dan Devine tossed through another 12 as N-N ran out to a 25-9 lead by the end of the first quarter then outscored the Panthers (0-12) 32-20 in the second half. Kyle Martens finished with 10 points followed by Aaron Chandler with eight, Garrett Waite with seven and Connor Pernice with five. Ryan Gay, Brandon Sawyer and Kyle Steenburg all contributed three points.

Mike Burns scored a game-high 19 points in the losing effort. Ryan Snyder struck for another 18 while Tanner Wilson (4 points) and Anthony Pullano (1 point) closed out the P-H scoring.

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