The Potsdam Central and Salmon River Central varsity girls basketball teams dropped their Section 10 Class B semi-final round matchups on the road against the top two seeds on Tuesday.
At Jerry Hourihan Gym, top-seeded host Canton Central pulled away to a 71-21 decision over Potsdam while second-seeded OFA outscored Salmon River 72-46 on Bill Merna court in Ogdensburg. The Lady Bears, who captured both the Class C and overall sectional crowns last winter, and Lady Blue Devils will now get set to square off in this years Class B final slated for Friday night at 8 p.m. at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse.
Canton 71, Potsdam 21: The Lady Golden Bears (15-4) steadily worked their way to a 20-2 lead by the end of the first quarter and were ahead 38-5 at halftime before going on to halt the Lady Sandstoners (3-16).
Tori Daley anchored a balanced scoring effort for Canton with 16 points. Emily Pinckney added another 14 followed by Kali Frank with 13, Natalie DiSalvo with with, Mikaela Bessette with seven, Rachel Sanderson with four and Chantel Rose with three. Janet Beaudin netted two points in her varsity debut. Rachael Huntley and Katie Clemmer also finished with two points in closing out the scoresheet for the Lady Golden Bears.
Bre Sapp paced the Potsdam offense with nine points followed by Sarah Vivlamore with five. Kayla Phillips, Matisyn Beamer and Hannah Yaketta each chipped in two points while Alexis Peterson tallied a free throw.
OFA 72, Salmon River 46: The visiting Lady Shamrocks (4-12) got the early jump on the Lady Blue Devils (13-6) in building a quick 7-0 lead before OFA regrouped for the win.
OFA coach Lynn Blevins noted that his team crafted a very adept prelude for the title game against a Salmon River squad which showed great heart and effort trying spring an upset for retiring coach Karen Francis, who guided the Lady Shamrocks to the NYS Final Four last season.
I would say that we were a little rusty after not having played for so long but I also credit Salmon River. They are a good team and they played well and very hard, said Blevins after the game where 18 of the Devils 27 field goals came off assists.
We did the things we had to to match up with Canton. We played good defense, we made the extra pass and made our shots and were were all so happy that Meg Dodge had such a great game in her final appearance on her home court.
After going scoreless in the first period Dodge (28 points, 7 assists), a six-year varsity player and three-time All-NAC Central selection, buried four threes and scored 23 points over the course of the second and third periods where OFA recorded a 43-21 advantage.
You couldnt ask a player to do more than Meg did tonight. He scored 28 points, passed out seven assists, rebounded well and defended their best player very well (Taylor Francis), said Blevins.
Riley Luckie also produced an all-star caliber game with 13 points, three threes, six assists and six steals and Courtney Sherwin (8 points, 9 rebounds) and Susie Morrow (12 points, 7 rebounds) continued to produce double-double caliber efforts. Brooke Badlam netted six points in her final home game, Taylor Perry added three points and three assists and Erin Tooley chipped in two points.
Francis tallied 13 points with four assists to lead a balanced Salmon River effort which also featured 13 points and 13 rebounds from Kwiio King, 11 points from Jaiden Mitchell, eight points and six rebounds from Brittany Brooks and two points from Lexis Jacobs and Jocelyn Martin.
CLASS D SEMI-FINALS
In the two Class D girls basketball semi-final round games at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse, top-seeded Heuvelton survived a third-quarter letdown in posting a 44-31 win over fourth-seeded Madrid-Waddington while second-seeded Hermon-DeKalb outlasted third-seeded Chateaugay 41-36. The NAC West Division rivals, who split their regular season meetings, will square off in the Class D final on Friday at 6:15 p.m. back at SUNY Canton.
Heuvelton 44, M-W 31:
Heuvelton 44, M-W 31: After working their way to a 25-21 halftime lead, the Lady Bulldogs saw the Lady Yellowjackets erase the deficit by generating seven unanswered points in the third quarter to go ahead 27-25 heading into the fourth.
But Heuvelton (18-2) quickly regained its offensive stride, reeling off 16 straight points before going on to earn a second straight trip to the sectional final.
Logan Tallman hit a three-pointer to start the decisive run and Paige McCormick capped it with her second three-pointer of the quarter, making it 41-27 lead with 3:16 to play.
Desiree Pryce ended the run with one of 1-2 free throws but McCormick hit another three with less than 1:20 to play.
The contest was close through the first 18 minutes as Olivia Parmeter hit a buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter to cut a Heuvelton lead to 14-12. Heuvelton led 25-20 at halftime keyed by six points from Weidner.
Tallman finished with 12 points and four assists in the winning effort. McCormick (10 rebounds) and Weidner (7 steals, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) each scored nine while Maddie St. Pierre (5 blocks, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals) added eight points and Olivia St. Pierre (6 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assists) contributed six points.
Parmeter scored seven points and collected six steals for the Yellowjackets (16-4). Tess Knight (4 rebounds), Pryce (3 rebounds, 2 steals) and Jenn King (7 rebounds) each scored six points while Hannah Marcellus added four.
H-D 41, Chateaugay 36: The first game of the night saw the teams trade baskets through the first half in producing a 22-22 halftime tie but a 13-7 third-quarter run by the Lady Green Demons (18-2) turned out to be the difference. Hunter Hitchman led the way offensively with a game-high 17 points. Bridget Rust chipped in 12 while Morgan Stott and Kasey ODonnell each netted five.
For Chateaugay (16-5), Hannah Cook tallied 11 points followed by Abby Barnes with eight and Caitlin Miller with six.