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Potsdam, N-N girls suffer home losses to NAC divisional rivals

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The Potsdam Central and Norwood-Norfolk varsity girls basketball teams fell to division rivals on their homecourts Friday night.

OFA 69, Potsdam 56: The host Lady Sandstoners battled back from a 40-25 halftime deficit to cut the deficit to one point in the third quarter before the Lady Devils countered with a 24-13 fourth-quarter outburst to come away with the Central Division victory.

“We were right there with them in the third quarter then it got away from us,” noted Potsdam coach Larry Hazen.

Bre Sapp tossed through a career-high 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers, to anchor the Lady Sandstoner scoring. Shanielle Chambers netted another 15 points followed by Taylor Bonno with 10 and Sarah Vivlamore with the other five.

Meg Dodge fired through four three-pointers in leading the Lady Blue Devils with 24 points. Felicia Barr added 14 followed by Susie Morrow with 11. Riley Luckie and Courtney Sherwin chipped in eight points apiece while Shannon Tooley accounted for the other four.

Tupper Lake 44, N-N 28: In a North Division contest in Norfolk, Carlea Weaver netted 16 points to pace the host Lady Flyers. Cadence Hunkins contributed seven and Katie Ames the other five.

Katie Stuart led the way for the Lumberjacks with 29 points followed by Lizzy Zurek with seven, Sidney Kulzer with four and Amie Luton with two.

In other NAC girls basketball action on Friday; Canton outlasted Central Division rival Franklin Academy 51-50, Hermon-DeKalb beat West Division rival Lisbon 48-26 and Chateaugay dropped a 54-25 non-league decision to Peru of Section 7.

Canton 51, FA 50: At Jerry Hourihan Gym in Canton, the host Lady Bears claimed at least a share of the division title for the first time since 1985 by surviving in a classic contest and also avenging their only loss of the season.

Emily Marshall made two free throws with 14 seconds to play to put FA ahead 50-49 but Emma Rexford came through with the margin of victory by making two free throws after being fouled on a drive with 7.9 seconds to play.

But the Huskies weren’t done as they raced the ball upcourt but were denied when a layup attempt rolled off the rim just before the buzzer.

Rexford finished with 19 points to lead the way and Kali Frank scored eight of her 12 points in the fourth quarter while Katie Christy tallied seven another points for the Bears.

FA (8-5, 4-5 NAC) countered with 11 points by Abbey Lapage and 10 points each from Janelle Heden and Morgan Fountain.

Peru 54, Chateaugay 25: Peru opened to a 16-7 lead after the first and led 29-12 halftime against the Bulldogs and sealed the win with a 16-3 third.

Megan Mazzella led the way with 14 point in the win. Breanna Hackett tallied 13 including three three’s and Mary Mazzella added 10.

Courtney Boyea scored seven points for Chateaugay.

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