Putting the together the biggest run of the game in the second quarter and then limiting Malone comeback attempts in the second half, the Ogdensburg Free Academy Girls Basketball team gained a 2-0 start to NAC Central play with a 44-38 win over Malone on Friday.
A pair of sophomores provided the offensive spark as Susie Morrow converted three times inside and Riley Luckie buried two three-pointers, with one coming at the halftime buzzer, as the Devils took a 27-13 lead with a 15-4 second quarter advantage.
The Huskies (1-1 Central) used swarming fullcourt pressure defense to cut the difference to 41-36 with 1:36 to play but the Devils secured heir programs first win against Malone in 10 years with a putback by Morrow and a sweeping hook shot by Felicia Barr in the lane.
Getting a win against Malone is always special because they have such a great program. I was very pleased with our defense but we all know that we have a lot of work to do offensively, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins who will lead his team into away games at Norwood-Norfolk and Carthage (7 p.m. varsity start) on Monday and Tuesday before hosting Potsdam in an NAC Central contest on Friday.
I was happy with the way we played tonight. We played very hard and they girls really wanted this one. It was a nice win.
Luckie finished with 13 points and four assists, Morrow tallied 12 points with seven rebounds and Barr finished with eight points and five rebounds. Courtney Sherwin and Meg Dodge each struck for threes as the Devils gained a 6-2 advantage from beyond the arc.
The Huskies were led by Morgan Fountain who tallied 11 points, backcourt mate Janelle Heden who netted 10 with a pair of threes and Rachel Lamica who scored 10 points in the low blocks.
The OFA JVs dropped a 52-34 decision to Malone after winning their opener 37-24 over Gouverneur. Erin Tooley led the Devils against Malone with 12 points and Taylor Perry and Kristen Snyder tallied four. Malone was powered by a 22-point performance from Taylor Poirier.
Tooley and Snyder both scored 10 points in the win over Gouverneur and Keira Johnson netted six.