Ogdensburg Free Academys two state-ranked basketball teams enjoyed successful curtain calls at the Bill Merna Gym, on Thursday, and used their final home games as venues to reach the Section 10 Class B Championship games at SUNY Potsdam next weekend.
Both teams completed season sweeps over NAC Central rivals and will challenged defending sectional champions.
The number 24 ranked OFA Girls (14-5) advanced past a diehard Gouverneur squad (2-16) 50-33 while the number six OFA Boys (18-1) sprinted away from a very young Salmon River squad (2-17) 96-22.
The OFA Girls will meet Salmon River, on Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. at Maxcy Hall, and the OFA Boys will face Potsdam on Feb. 23 at 4:30 p.m. at Maxcy Hall
The Salmon River Girls (14-5) advanced with a 78-61 win over Potsdam while the 13-5 Potsdam Boys earned the right to defend their sectional title with a dominant 83-33 win over Gouverneur.
The OFA Girls broke out to a 21-4 first quarter lead scoring in flurries off their fullcourt press but the two teams played even as the rest of the contest was halfcourt-oriented.
We had a lot of things we wanted to work on tonight and we played well but we know we have to play better in our next game. Gouverneur is an aggressive, athletic team and they played a tough zone defense which had us out of synch, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins.
Playing against their zone will help us in our next game. Salmon River will be a very tough test. We beat them by quite a bit at home but they will play much better in the championship game.
Riley Luckie combined three three-pointers with some smooth penetrating moves to the basket to lead the Devils with 17 points, 11-first quarter points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Meg Dodge netted 10 points with a pair of threes and Shannon Tooley played the catalyst role with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.
Susie Morrow tallied six points with eight rebounds, Felicia Barr netted four points, Courtney Sherwin added two points and Erin Tooley converted on her first varsity putback attempt.
Kirsten Roberts led Gouverneur with 10 points and Jessica Rotunda followed with eight points with six in the fourth quarter. Rachel Knowlton added four points.
Salmon River 78, Potsdam 61: The Shamrocks were up 48-35 when the Stoners posted a 10-0 run with just over a minute to play in the third quarter. Abby Kelly delivered a quick two and drilled a three at the buzzer for a 52-45 lead to end the third.
After Sarah Vivlamore added a three to begin the fourth for Potsdam, Salmon River answered and never looked back.Kelly fired in 28 points to while Aliyah Cook generated 16 and Kwio King and Taylor Francis followed by 15 and 11.
Sarah Vivlamore and Shanielle Chambers each scored 17 for Potsdam followed by Taylor Bonno with 12 and Breanna Sapp with 11.
The Blue Devil Boys scored at least 24 points in every quarter and were cited by Coach Mark Henry for their defensive intensity which keyed an uptempo offensive flow.
We wanted to defend their high-scoring guard Josh Hynes well and we did that. We always want to run and we did that very well tonight, said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
Kinnon LaRose just gets better and better with every game and it was great to see Cavan LaRose hit some jump shots.
Looking ahead to a third game with Potsdam, Coach Henry pointed to the Devils intense 49-34 home win over the Stoners.
We have to defend well and be ready to deal with Potsdams defensive pressure. We always want to run so we will be looking to do that as much as we can, said Henry.
Kinnon LaRose buried a pair of threes in a 10-point first quarter and went on to score 13 points. Breton LaRose continued to deliver double-doubles scoring a game-high 20 points on shots of close, medium and long range and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Matt Piercey and Pat Cosmo each passed out five assists while scoring nine and six points and Alex Farrell and Jack Manke (6 rebounds) contributed eight-point efforts in the paint.
Tristan Moore scored seven points in the last three minutes with a group of JV call-ups. Cavan LaRose netted a pair of threes scoring six points and Colin Ross also added six.
Josh Hynes and explosive freshman prospect Antonine Domino each scored six points leading Salmon River.
Potsdam 83, Gouverneur 33: We got a very good team effort. Our defense set the tone and we did executed well on offense, said Potsdam coach Brooks Bigwarfe after the Sandstoners established a 21-6 first-quarter lead.
Guard Konnor Bigwarfe netted four-threes in a 20-point effort and center Shawn Clark, scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half where he had three forceful dunks. Will Coleman connected for 11 of his 15 points in the second half and Owen Mitchell chipped in another nine points.
Mark Horne paced the Wildcats (4-15) with nine points and Troy Gates added eight.
CANTON, SLC GIRLS EYE CLASS C TITLE
Canton and St, Lawrence Central advanced to the Section 10 Class C championship game at SUNY Potsdam on Friday, Feb 22 4:30 p.m.
The No 1 seed Bears (16-2) downed No. 4 seed Brushton-Moira (7-11) 68-30 and No. 3 seed St. Lawrence Central (10-9) upended No. 2 Tupper Lake (10-8) 43-39.
Canton 68, Brushton-Moira 30: Katie Christy scored seven of her 13 points in the second quarter while Tori Daley contributed all nine of her points before halftime for Canton. Emma Rexford generated 15 points with 10 in the second half to lead all scoring. Kali Frank and Kaeli Mace followed with eight and seven.
Arielle Gary tallied nine points for Brushton-Moira.
SLC 43, Tupper Lake 39: Katie Stuart pumped in 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and collected seven steals for Tupper Lake (10-8) but the Larries (10-9) used a 19-10 fourth quarter for the win keyed by seven points each from Breanna Vatter and Lindsey Thayer.
Breanna Vatter scored 16 points while Lindsey Thayer tossed in 14 points for St. Lawrence Central. Ryane OConnor tallied seven points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Tupper Lake.