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Potsdam boys, Massena girls surge past NAC basketball rivals

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The Potsdam Central boys pulled away to an interdivisional win at home over Norwood-Norfolk while the Massena Central girls netted a Central Division decision on the road over Gouverneur in NAC varsity basketball action on Thursday.

Potsdam 81, N-N 28: Gearing up for their late-season rematch against Class B rival OFA in Ogdensburg on Tuesday, the host Sandstoners rolled their way to a 22-5 lead by the end of the first half and never looked back in the only NAC boys game staged Thursday night.

“Now the big one for us is Tuesday,” said coach Brooks Bigwarfe after his squad raised its overall record to 9-4. “Ogdensburg is a great-shooting team that is very well-coached. We’ve shown improvement the second time around against the teams we’ve lost to in our division and hopefully that continues for us.”

Against the Flyers (1-14, 0-6), senior guard Konnor Bigwarfe led a balanced Potsdam scoresheet with 17 points while handing out a team-high eight assists. Will Coleman added 14 points followed by Shawn Clark (8 rebounds) with 11, Jacob Bryant with nine, Dan Stone (2 threes) with eight, Dequan Pitts with seven, Owen Mitchell with six, Nick Vaccaro with five, Travis Stephenson with three and Thomas Hobbs with two.

Cody Rust led the Flyer offense with 11 points. Brandon Sawyer netted seven. Dan Devine and Ian St. Andrews chipped in three points apiece while Kyle Martens and Dustin Fisher closed out the N-N scoresheet with two points each.

The Flyers return to action this evening at home against North Division Class C rival Tupper Lake starting at 7 p.m.

Massena 52, Gouvereur 36: The visiting Lady Raiders raced out to a commanding 17-3 lead by the end of the first quarter as senior Alisha Jacobs tossed through five three-pointers in a 24-point outing. Stef Premo and Marissa Manley added 10 points apiece. Maeve Curran and Sidney Thompson finished with two points each while Baulie Young closed out the Massena scoresheet with a field goal.

For the Lady Wildcats (2-11, 0-9), Rachel Knowlton netted 11 points followed by Danielle Bullock and Rebecca Bulswiewicz with six apiece and Alisha Way with four.

Massena (10-6, 7-3) is slated to play at OFA next Thursday night starting with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.

OTHER GAMES

In other NAC girls basketball matchups on Thursday, Chateaugay netted a 39-22 interdivisional decision over St. Lawrence Central while a pair of West Division games saw Heuvelton handle Morristown 52-16 and Clifton-Fine beat Harrisville 45-33.

Chateaugay 39, SLC 22: In Chateaugay, the host Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 8-1) gradually pulled away from a 19-11 halftime lead for the win. Courtney Boyea led all scorers with 15 points in the winning effort. Hannah Cook added eight followed by Makayla Fleury with six.

Lindsey Thayer paced the Lady Larries (7-8, 5-4) with 12 points. Breanna Vatter chipped in seven while Sam Richards accounted for the other two.

SLC is slated to host North Division rival Tupper Lake next Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

GAME CHANGES

A handful of games were postponed on Thursday.

The Colton-Pierrepont at St. Regis Falls girls basketball game was moved to this evening starting with the JV contest at 5:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Central at Salmon River girls hockey has been rescheduled to Monday at 5 p.m. while Madrid-Waddington at Brushton-Moira girls basketball will now be played on Tuesday beginning with the JV game at 5:30 p.m.




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