The ability to generate a decisive offensive spurt in the face of tenacious defense carried Madrid-Waddington and Canton to victory in the first round of the Ben Cordwell Memorial Girls Basketball on Saturday at OFA.
M-W (6-1), used a 19-point fourth quarter to secure a 47-43 win over Hammond (5-3) in an NAC East Vs West matchup. Canton (6-2, 5-1 NAC) answered an OFA comeback in third quarter of 48-34 NAC Central win over the host Blue Devils (5-4, 4-2 NAC).
The tournament will conclude on Saturday with the JV championship and consolation games at noon followed by the varsity consolation and championship games at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Canton 48 - OFA 34: Riley Luckie tallied nine second quarter points to revive OFA from a 14-4 first-quarter deficit. Luckie continued to convert spinning drives to the basket in the third quarter as the Devils cut the difference to 28-24.
After a timeout by Coach Mike Meyers the Bears forged a 11-1 run to the fourth quarter which was capped by a three-pointer by Emily Pinckney at the buzzer.
I told the girls they had to settle down, run our offense, move the ball and find the open shooters, said Meyers after eight players contributed to the winning offense.
Emily Pinckneys three at the end of the quarter was big because it gave us a double figure lead. It was a very tough game and I expect another one when they come to Canton.
Luckie (3 rebounds, 2 steals) netted six of six free throws scoring a game-high 17 points while the a balanced Bear offense was led by 16 points from Natalie DiSalvo who scored seven fourth quarter points and sealed the issue with a steal and layup for a 46-34 margin with 1:22 to play. Rachel Sanderson scored eight first-quarter points and Pinckney and Tori Daley each scored seven points.
I told the girls after the game that this was like a playoff game. Canton played better than we did and deserved to win but defensively we did what we had to do to stay in the game, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins who will have his team at home to face NAC unbeaten Malone on Tuesday.
We just have to score more inside where we had opportunities today.
Susie Morrow delivered a very aggressive 10-point, 14-point double-double for OFA, Meg Dodge netted six points and Courtney Sherwin snatched three steals.
M-W 47 - Hammond 43: For the Jackets, the Pryce was definitely right as forward Desiree Pryce scored 11 of her career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. A closing quarter where M-W gained an 19-14 edge in a contest which had been dictated by the constricting defenses of both teams for the first three quarters.
Pryce delivered a pair of interior three-point plays with strong conversions inside off high post passes from center Jenny King against an extremely active Hammond front line.
Hammond is very strong and they just pounded the offensive boards. But Jenny King got some big rebounds down the stretch and made some beautiful passes to Des Pryce who had a great game, said M-W Coach Gary Tischler after the latest of a long line of high octane meeting between the two programs.
Mary Young played a key role for us defensively guarding Courtney Bova in the second half when Tess Knight had four fouls.
Pryce tallied M-Ws final three points and converted off a quick cut to the goal after Mikayla Horton three-pointer cut M-Ws lead to 41-39.
King finished with five assists and six rebounds to go along with seven points and Knight finished with 14 points on well-timed perimeter jumpers. Olivia Parmeter grabbed five rebounds and Hannah Marcellus passed out three assists.
Bova scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the first half for Hammond which received 10 interior points from Cassi Whalen. Taylor Bowman scored six of her eight points in the fourth quarter and netted two runners in the lane to sustain the Devils hopes.
Horton tallied six points and Whalen, Hailey Ogden, Ally Crosby and Emily Bush were part of a rotating cast of forwards were created a steady flow of offensive rebounds. Second chance opportunities and extended possessions keyed a 17-9 lead in the second quarter for the Devils who have suffered all three of their losses to state-ranked opponents.
Canton and Madrid-Waddington advanced to the junior varsity championship game.
M-W downed Hammond 34-26 led by a 17-point effort from Morgan Burns and six points for Danielle Hough. Sierra Fleming and Melissa Proven netted eight and six for Hammond.
Canton dropped OFA 49-23 paced by 11 points from Janet Beaudin and Meredith Drury and 10 from Aida Shipley. Kierra Johnsons nine points led OFA with Maggie Peo and Jill Lincoln adding six and five.