MASSENA - A dominant start boosted the Massena Central varsity girls basketball team to a 45-24 NAC Central Division win at home over Gouverneur on Friday.
Senior Marissa Manley anchored the winning effort with 17 points, including a 9-10 showing from the foul line, and 14 rebounds as the Lady Raiders ran out to a 20-6 lead by the end of the first and went into halftime ahead 31-9 en route to improving to 3-1 in the division. Alisha Jacobs tossed through three three-pointers in a 15-point night. Erin Francis added six points followed by Samanntha Villnave with four and Maeve Curran with three. Sydney Thomas also made lead floor contributions with 10 rebounds and five steals.
Jessica Rotundo paced the Lady Wildcats with six points. Kristin Roberts chipped in four points while Danielle McCormick, Rachel Knowlton, Rebecca Bulsiewicz and Noelle Carbone all finished with three.
The Lady Raiders return to action on Tuesday at home against OFA starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.
In the other Central Division matchups on Friday, OFA outscored Potsdam 60-37 and Franklin Academy upended Canton 50-39.
OFA 60, Potsdam 37: In Ogdensburg, a pair of sophomores set a very high confidence level for the Devils. Susie Morrow erupted for 11 of her 15 points in the first quarter and grabbed eight rebounds and three steals while Riley Luckie dished out seven assists directing the halfcourt offense and scored 13 points with a pair well-timed three-pointers.
Felicia Barr continued her offensive emergence scoring 14 points off strong finishes at the goal, Shannon Tooley netted a season-high nine points, Meg Dodge contributed seven points and seven rebounds and Courtney Sherwin (2 points) passed out five assists.
Potsdam, which made mini runs in the game with strong offensive rebounding, was led by nine points from Sarah Vivlamore and Taylor Bonno each.
FA 50, Canton 39: In Malone, the host Lady Huskies used a solid defensive effort from the first quarter on and held a 17-9 lead after the first eight minutes of play and were able to keep their distance in handing the Lady Bears their first loss of the season. Morgan Fountain paced the lady Huskies offensively with 17 points and three of the teams five 3-pointers. Janelle Heden added the other two from downtown among her nine points as Meghan OConnor added a seven-point, four-rebound effort. Emma Rexford, who has been averaging close to 25 points per game, was limited to just 14 points and one 3-pointer while Emily Pickney and Tori Daley scored nine and eight points, respectively.
Harrisville 41, Beaver River 36: A 11-2 second quarter and a 11-4 third quarter held Harrisville break from a 13-13 first quarter tie in the opening round of the Pirates Booster Club Tournament. Kathleen Coloney scored 16 points and pulled down 10 boards. Chelsea Pierce added nine points and nine rebounds. A. Cornell scored 13 for Beaver River. The Pirates play Salmon River in the finals tonight at 7:45 p.m. The Shamrocks beat Watertown IHC.
OTHER GIRLS BASKETBALL
In other NAC girls basketball action on Friday, Tupper Lake posted a 40-30 North Division win over Brushton-Moira while West Division games saw Heuvelton beat Morristown 54-11 and Hammond drop Edwards-Knox 46-28.
Tupper Lake 40, B-M 30: The Lumberjacks broke open a close game with a 14-7 run in the third quarter as Katie Stuart tossed through a game-high 21 points followed by Lindsay Maroun with 10.
Arielle Gary led the Lady Panthers with six points. Sienna Kenny, Miada McCarthy and Danielle Trimm each added five.
In NAC interdivisonal boys basketball encounters on Friday, Brushton-Moira pulled away to a 55-31 win over Parishville-Hopkinton and St. Regis Falls outscored Salmon River 83-23 while the lone West Division game saw Heuvelton turn back Morristown 50-41.
B-M 55, P-H 31: In Parishville, the Franklin County Panthers raced out to a 37-6 halftime lead. Zach Burnett led a balanced offense with 15 points followed by Justin Lavarnway with 12 and Adam Martin with nine. Sullivan anchored the P-H scoresheet with 13 points while Ryan Snyder and Michael Cook each netted seven and Tanner Wilson and Mike Burns both finished with two.
SRF 83, Salmon River 23: In Fort Covington, neither the host Shamrocks nor the Saints could get anything to fall during the opening eight minutes of the game, then someone finally lifted the lid off the SRF basket and the SRF boys caught fire. Brandon Votra led the balanced St. Regis Falls attack with Louis Goodrow following with 17. Corey LaBounty added 16 points as Ryan Duquette and Caleb Green scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. Duquette netted three of the five SRF 3-pointers as Tyler Daggett rounded out the Saints output with five points. Josh Hynes led the Shamrocks with 14 points as Dylan Whitehead added six points.