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Massena, Potsdam girls basketball teams close out regular season NAC Central road wins


The Massena Central and Potsdam Central girls basketball teams closed out the regular season by claiming convincing wins on the road against NAC Central Division rivals on Thursday.

Massena 60, Salmon River 44: At Fort Covington, the visiting Lady Raiders worked their way to a 28-23 halftime lead then broke the game open with a 21-6 third-quarter run as Alisha Jacobs fired through a game-high 20 points, including five three-pointers. Marissa Manley worked the paint for 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Steffanie Premo added 10 points toward the win followed by Samanntha Villnave (8 rebounds) with six. Erin Francis (6 assists, 6 rebounds) and Bailey Young each netted a three-pointer while Maeve Curran accounted for the other two Massena points.

Taylor Francis led the Lady Shamrocks with 13 points followed by Abby Kelly with 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kwiio King chipped in eight points while hauling in 15 rebounds and handing out three assists. Jaiden Mitchell fashioned seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals while Zaagaate Jock and Jocelyn Martin closed out the Salmon River scoring with two points apiece.

Massena (12-6, 8-4) will now get set to take on Franklin Academy in the Section 10 Class A title game on Monday, February 18, at SUNY Potsdam’s Jerry Welsh Gym while the Lady Shamrocks (13-5, 7-5) will begin defense of their Section 10 Class B title next Thursday at home against Potsdam.

Potsdam 68, Gouverneur 45: In Gouverneur, the Lady Sandstoners (3-9, 5-12) sealed their third win in a row with a 20-9 fourth-quarter surge as Shanielle Chambers pumped through a game-high 22 points followed closely by sophomore Sarah Vivlamore, who drained four three-pointers, in a 21-point effort. Bre Sapp chipped in another 14 points followed by Taylor Bonno with seven, Katherine Blanchard with two and Courtney DiTullio with one.

Rachel Knowlton paced the Wildcats (2-14, 2-10) with 14 points. Rebecca Bulsiewicz and Kirstin Roberts each netted eight followed by Danielle McCormick with four and Taylor Hentz with three while Danielle Bullock, Noelle Carbone, Haley Easton and Jessica Rotundo all finished with two.

Potsdam heads to Fort Covington next Thursday to take on two-time defending Class B champion Salmon River in the first round of this year’s sectional playoffs starting at 6 p.m.

Canton 49, OFA 45 (OT): At Jerry Hourihan, the host Lady Bears rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime before turning back the Lady Blue Devils to claim sole possession of the Central Division regular season banner.

Emma Rexford led Canton with 18 points followed by Emily Pinckney with 10.

Meg Dodge paced OFA with 12 points followed by Riley Luckie with 11.

In other NAC girls hoops action on Thursday, a pair of interdivisional matchups saw Madrid-Waddington post a 41-17 win over Parishville-Hopkinton and Chateaugay beat Norwood-Norfolk while the lone North Division encounter had Tupper Lake outlasting Brushton-Moira 34-31. Meanwhile, in the West Division games on Thursday, Hammond outscored Heuvelton 52-32, Hermon-DeKalb stopped Harrisville 52-40, Clifton-Fine dropped Edwards-Knox 70-28 and Lisbon handled Morristown 49-16.

M-W 41, P-H 17: At Parishville, Bridget Beldock had a game-high 14 points to lead the visiting Lady Yellowjackets (16-1) who outscored the Lady Panthers 27-5 in the second half. Tess Knight, Olivia Parmeter and Jenny King each added six points toward the winning effort while Desiree Pryce netted five and Shelby Kendall accounted for the other two.

Kodi Perkins led P-H (2-12, 1-10) with eight points. Brianna Hayes added five points while Jenna Converse and Caitlin McGregor closed out the scoring for the Lady Panthers with two points each.

Both teams will now get set to compete in the Class D tournament which opens with five games on Tuesday.

Tupper Lake 34, B-M 31: After trading 8-1 runs in the first half to go into halftime tied at 9-9, the Lumberjacks were able to outlast the Lady Panthers in the second half for the win. Katie Stuart struck for a game-high 25 points in the winning effort while Ryane O’Connor chipped in seven.

Danielle Trimm led B-M with seven points while Jenna Dufrane and Caitlin LaPage each added six.

Both teams will now get set to compete in the Class C playoffs which get underway on Tuesday.

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