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Canton captures Ben Cordwell Tournament Championship


A basketball game is 1920 seconds long equaling 32 minutes. The Canton Girls Basketball team needed almost every second against Madrid-Waddington to claim the Ben Cordwell Memorial Tournament Championship in a come-from-behind 45-41 win on Saturday.

“I can’t say enough about my team’s effort tonight. They played all 32 minutes tonight and they could have folded when we got down by seven with just under three minutes to play. We got some big stops and we played very good defense in the final two minutes forcing two five second inbound violations to get the ball back. And we converted when we needed to. We can enjoy this tonight but we’ve got to go back to work tomorrow as Monday we face Malone and the winner will likely win the Central Division title,” said Canton coach Mike Meyers after his team improved to 10-2 and dropped Madrid-Waddington to 8-2.

In the first half, the Jackets were down by six but managed to tie the game at 18-18 before Natalie DiSalvo produced Canton’s second lead in the game at 20-18 with five seconds left.

Olivia Parmeter nailed a three pointer for M-W’s first lead at 25-24 with 3:58 left in the third period. Jenny King produced a three point play for a 28-24 lead and Parmeter scored for 30-24 but Kali Frank answered with her own three-point play and Emily Pinckney cut the deficit to 30-29.

In the fourth M-W, playing out the services of King because of a facial injury, forged a seven point lead when Kayleigh Field buried a three with 5:04 left for a 37-31 lead. After Olivia Parmeter made it 38-31, Canton regrouped.

Frank buried a long range three off a set play with to make 38-34, Rachel Sanderson scored inside, and Frank hit two free throws with 2:05 to play to knot the game at 38-38. Desiree Pryce gave M-W its third lead of the game with 1:30 and Parmeter hit a free throw for a 41-38 lead with 50 seconds left.

Canton wouldn’t quit.

Natalie DiSalvo hit her biggest three pointer of the season on a designed sideline play with 33.3 seconds left to tie the game at 41-41. Canton then forced a five-second call and Tori Daley gave her Bears their fourth lead of the game scoring off a screen by Frank with just under 10 seconds to play and Daley’s quick defensive skills helped her pick off a inbounds pass and score a layup with one second remaining for insurance.

“I knew coming in this game was going to be a battle. Madrid-Waddington has great tradition and Coach (Gary) Tischler is a good coach and always has his teams prepared. We were fortunate to come out with a win today.” said Meyers.

Daley, who was honored as the Tournament MVP, scored 17 points including six in the fourth. Frank finished with 13 points while DiSalvo, another Tournament All Star, added five. Pinckney chipped in four and Sportsmanship Award winner.

All Tournament team selection Olivia Parmeter fired in 17 points and posted five rebounds for Madrid-Waddington and King added nine points and 11 rebounds. Desiree Pryce added eight points while Field chipped in five. Sportsmanship award winner Tess Knight, who was bottled up most of the afternoon by excellent team defensive pressure from Canton, finished with four rebounds, four assists, and two points.

“This is a type of loss that was good in a way. We played a very good team and will come away learning something from it. We didn’t execute a few times down the stretch and Canton took advantage of it. It was hard to pick our All Tournament Teams selection because we had three or four girls who deserve the honor and Jenn King played very well tonight before getting hit,” said M-W coach Gary Tischler.


OFA (7-5) won the consolation game 53-45 over Hammond (6-4). Riley Luckie of OFA and Mikayla Horton of Hammond earned All-Tournament Awards and OFA’s Paige Perry and Hammond’s Emily Bush were cited with Sportsmanship Awards.

The Blue Devils used timely scoring bursts by Riley Luckie, Meg Dodge and Susie Morrow to overcome a tenacious rebounding effort by the Devils who cut an 11-point halftime deficit to 42-38 before Riley Luckie dropped in a pair of free throws.

Paige Frisina’s three cut the difference to 50-45 but it proved the Red Devils’ last bid as Dodge answered with a three to seal the issue.

Luckie, who scored a game-high 19 points with three assists and three steals, netted four of her five threes in OFA’s 18-10 second quarter advantage. Dodge (7 rebounds) scored seven of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and Morrow (6 rebounds) scored six of her eight points in the first quarter.

Courtney Sherwin grabbed seven rebounds and Brooke Badlam added four points.

“This was a good win for us and a good game. We worked on some things that we need to improve upon and Shawn (Hammond Coach Shawn Dack) did the same thing,” said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins.

Mikayla Horton led Hammond with 10 points, Frisina netted two threes scoring eight points and Cassi Whalen and Emily Bush each delivered eight interior points and productive rebounding at both ends of the floor. Tayler Bowman added five points.


The Canton JV’s won their second tournament of the season posting a 42-36 win over Madrid-Waddington in the championship game. Hammond downed OFA 37-31 in the consolation game.

After the game Ben Cordwell Memorial Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Sabrina Reed of Canton, Danielle Hough of M-W, Melissa Proven of Hammond and Jill Lincoln of OFA.

Janet Beaudin netted four five free throws scoring a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds leading Canton which excelled at fastbreak conversions. Maggie Smith tallied 11 points with four assists, Sabrina Reed went 4-4 from the foul line and Bailey Luther tallied six first-quarter points.

Danielle Hough and Morgan Burns scored nine points apiece for M-W and Kellsie Tiernan netted eight.

The duo of Sierra Fleming and Lily Langtry scored 13 and 11 points leading Hammond in the consolation where Kierra Johnson and Jill Lincoln scored nine and eight points for OFA.

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