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Starting a much-anticipated homestand on a very positive note, OFA downed Massena 58-24 in NAC Central Girls Basketball action as the prelude to the opening of the Ben Cordwell Memorial Tournament today.

The 6-3 Lady Devils climbed to 5-1 in divisional play heading into a important Central game against 5-1 Canton in the final game of the tournament’s opening at 7 p.m. tonight.

Madrid-Waddington and Hammond will play 5 p.m. after the 3 p.m. JV openers at OFA’s adjoining gyms.

Madrid-Waddington, Hammond and Canton also scored victories to open the weekend.

M-W (6-1, 5-0 NAC East see story on page 2B) bested Brushton-Moira 48-27 to hold a share of the NAC East League, Canton climbed to 5-1 in the Central besting Salmon River 66-40 and Hammond upped its NAC West record to 4-1 with a 60-23 win over Morristown

OFA 58- Massena 24: Meg Dodge hit nothing but net with four three-pointers in the first minutes of the game as the Lady Devils used their fullcourt press as major force in opening a 23-6 first quarter lead.

“We really needed a home game and this was first of some big games. Massena has two strong players inside but our defense controlled the game,” said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins.

“And we really shot the ball well. Meg Dodge has been playing well outside and inside and she hit the those big threes to get it going. And we went on to shoot the ball very well.

Dodge eventually buried five of seven three point attempts to score a game-high 17 points and Susie Morrow went 5-7 from the floor scoring 12 points with six rebounds.

Brooke Badlam tallied 10 points in 5-10 shooting with Riley Luckie netting six points with six assists and three steals and Courtney Sherwin passing our four assists while scoring five points. Taylor Perry added six points and three steals and Molly Ahrens chipped in a field goal.

Samantha Villnave anchored Massena (3-6, 2-4 NAC) with a 10-point, 12 rebound double-double, Jaylee Jones tallied four points and Devin Kelly snatched four steals.

“We took a step back tonight after handling the presses of Malone and Beekmantown. Tonight we just got scrambled and couldn’t recover aftert they hit those early three-pointers,” said Massena Coach Justin Shoppe. “But we are a very young team.”

The OFA JVs suffered a 35-32 loss to Massena after downing Potsdam 36-17 on Tuesday. Jill Lincoln netted three threes scoring 11 points for OFA and Chelsea Raven added six against the Raiders who were led by Madeline Thibault with 11.

Kierra Johnson, Chelsea Raven and Jill Lincoln tallied 15, 15 and six points in the win over Potsdam where Rory Sixberry netted eight for the Sandstoners.

Hammond 60 - Morristown 23: Mikayla Horton (20 points) and Courtney Bova (17 points) each buried four three-pointers in the first three quarters as the defending NAC West champion Red Devils opened a 55-14 lead against a solid Morristown (2-3 NAC, 3-4) club. Horton netted three threes in the first quarter and Taylor Bowman (8 points) netted a pair of second half threes. Ally Crosby and Hailey Ogden tallied eight and five points.

Taylor Piercey’s eight points led Morristown with Sam Green netting six, Jessica Geddes five and Jordan Tulley two.

“Morristown came out and did some nice things offensively. Coach (Rich) Rupert does a very nice job with the girls there. I thought we did a good job tonight in some aspects and not so good in others. And we will work on those,” said Hammond coach Shawn Dack.

In the JV contest, Hammond won 45-21 as Sierra Fleming erupted for 20 points and Lilly Langtry added nine points for the winners. Logan Green had nine points for Morristown while Victoria Mitchell had six.

Canton 66, Salmon River 40: Kali Frank netted 15 points and Tori Daley chipped in another 14 in the winning effort. Taylor Francis led the Lady Shamrocks with 15 points.

In another NAC Central League game Gouverneur downed Potsdam.

Gouverneur 64 - Potsdam 41: Alicia Way scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half leading a Wildcat pull-away which also received 15 points from Rebecca Bulsiewcz and 11 points from Jessica Rotundo. Bre Sapp netted three three-pointers leading Potsdam with 19 points. Kayla Phillips and Alexis Patterson followed with eight and seven points.

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