MASSENA – Malones girls varsity basketball team concluded the Section 7/10 Challenge with a 2-0 mark, sweeping the two-day event with a 50-32 victory over the Northeastern Clinton Cougars on Saturday.
The Huskies had three players strike for double figures in points and were paced by the double-double effort of Meghan OConnor as the Huskies moved to 6-0 on the season.
Massena helped Section 10 go 3-1 in the four games, pulling off a thrilling 53-49 overtime victory against the PHS Hornets in Saturdays nightcap. The win by the Raiders evens their overall record at 3-3, while PHS falls to 0-7. The loss by the NCCS Cougars puts their record at 5-3 for the year.
Malone Goes 2-0: The NCCS squad countered the Malone inside-outside game with the low-post presence of freshman Kayla Carder. Each time the Huskies would score a bucket, the Cougars would come back down the floor and work the ball inside to Carder, who finished with a game-high 20 points.
It started to get a little physical out there and Im glad the girls kept their composure, pointed out Skelly. We had a couple of stretches where we werent all on the same page, but we pulled it together, ran our offensive sets correctly and took control of the game.
Megan OConnor paced the Huskies with 12 points and 16 rebounds while Janelle Heden struck for the only two FA 3-pointers in the game and finished with 14 points.
Janelle hitting those 3-pointers helped loosen things up down low, added Skelly.
Morgan Fountain also struck for double figures, scoring 10 points while adding five rebounds and four steals to the FA victory.
Massena Wins: The Raiders outscoring the Hornets 8-4 in the extra session to win a see-saw affair 53-49.
PHS took the initial lead in the OT period, as Kelsey Senecal nailed both ends of the one-and-one. The Raider responded by making four of their six attempts from the charity stripe, as Jessica Rhode connected on her first of four attempts to tie the game at 49-49. Rhode toed the line again with 42.9 seconds left and calmly put in both attmempts to put the Raiders back in front 51-49. Sam Villnave capped the Massena victory with a break-away layup with 20.3 ticks left on the clock, then the Red Raider defense came up with its biggest stop of the game to secure the four-point victory.
The two teams found their scoring touch in the fourth quarter, as both dropped in 16 points in the stanza to keep the game even at 45-all and send it into OT.
Villnave finished with a game-high 28 points along with double-figures in rebounding (13), while Rhode also picked up a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylee Jones chipped in with four points as Devin Kelly and Robin Boudreau scored three points each and Maeve Curran rounded out the Massena scoring with two points.
Kaylia Carper paced the PHS Hornets with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while Shea Frady followed with 14 points.