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Strong fourth quarter start carries Massena girls past OFA

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MASSENA - A strong fourth-quarter start boosted the Massena Central varsity girls basketball team to a 46-45 NAC Central Division win at home over OFA on Tuesday.

The teams were tied at 5-5 after one quarter and went into halftime knotted at 15-15. The Lady Raiders worked their way to a 36-33 lead heading into the fourth where they opened with six straight points to go ahead by nine at 42-33 then held on to hand the Lady Blue Devils their first loss to a division rival.

“We got a little rattled when (senior forward) Marissa Manley had to sit with her fourth foul in the fourth quarter but the girls were able to show some great composure down the stretch,” noted coach Roy Thomas after the Lady Raiders improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in what is turning out to be a very competitve Central Division. “This is definitely a big win for us.”

Alisha Jacobs led all scorers with 18 points in the win, including three three-pointers in the third quarter, while handing out five assists, grabbing eight rebounds and notching three steals. Manley finished with 12 points and seven boards. Samanntha Villnave also pulled down eight rebounds and netted six points along with Sydney Thompson while Erin Francis accounted for the other four Massena points and Dominique Valancius fashioned a game-high four steals.

Riley Luckie (6 assists) scored nine of her team-high 12 points in the first half, closing out her night with a long range three-pointer with just over nine seconds left in regulation that cut the Massena lead to 46-45. The Lady Blue Devils (5-2, 3-1) did get one more possession after pulling to within one but were unable to produce a last-second shot. Meg Dodge (3 threes, 3 steals) and Susie Morrow (7 rebounds) contributed 10 points. Felicia Barr hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. Shannon Tooley and Courtney Sherwin closed out the OFA scoresheet with four points and one point respectively.

The Lady Raiders return to action on Friday with a trip to Malone to take on Franklin Academy while OFA travels to Fort Covington to face Salmon River.

Massena JV’s 49, OFA JV’s 26: Jessica Rode led the junior Lady Raiders with 12 points followed by Stephanie McKeel with eight while Jaylee Jones, Devin Kelly and Madeline Thibault all finished with six.

For OFA, which scored 18 of its 26 points from the foul line, Erin Tooley tossed through nine points followed by Alicia Shaver with four.

The lone other Central Division game played Tuesday saw FA outscore Gouverneur 49-25 and the only East Division contest had Chateaugay halting Colton-Pierrepont 43-10.

FA 49, Gouverneur 25: Morgan Fountain generated 16 points and Rachel Lamica added 13 to lead the Lady Huskies (4-2, 3-3 NAC Central) past homestanding Gouverneur. FA jumped early to a 16-2 first quarter lead and led 26-8 at halftime. Kirsten Roberts scored six and Rachel Knowlton added five for Gouverneur (2-5, 0-5 NAC Central). Chateaugay 43, C-P 10: Courtney Boyea drilled four three’s for 12 points, Makayla Fleury tallied eight points and Caitlin Miller scored seven points to pace the 3-0 NAC East Bullodgs who led 19-2 at halftime. Abbey Barnes and Hannah Cook each scored six. Morgan Doyle scored five and Hailey Hennessy and Autumn Clark each scored two for C-P (3-3, 2-1). Andrea Aldous had the other point for the Lady Colts. In the JV game, Chateaugay won 47-13. Rachel Young scored eight for Chateaugay. Katie Johnson netted six for C-P.

WEST DIVISION

In the West Division girls basketball action on Tuesday; Lisbon beat Harrisville 41-36, Clifton-Fine turned back Heuvelton 54-48, Hammond downed Hermon-DeKalb 50-43 and Edwards-Knox stopped Morristown 44-23.

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