Senior Night always brings a wave of emotion.
OFA Girls Basketball Coach Lynn Blevins entered Mondays Senior Night game hoping his Lady Blue Devils could channel all the emotion in the right direction.
Starting on the defensive end against SRs talented junior guard Abby Kelly who joined the NAC 1000-point Club earlier this season.
The Devils established a high-energy defensive level right from the start with Meg Dodge and Felicia Barr sharing the key defensive assignment and the offensive followed suit as the Devils posted a 65-34 victory in match of the top Class B seeds for the upcoming Section 10 Tournament.
Our intensity was outstanding right from the start. We played excellent team defense and when our shots started to fall early we just took over, said Coach Blevins after OFA (8-3, 12-4) moved within game of the division lead when Canton (9-2, 13-2 suffered an upset loss to Potsdam (5-5). OFA visits Canton in the regular season finale for both teams on Thursday.
The Devils enjoyed an outstanding performance following the Senior Night recognition ceremony where three outstanding student-athletes were honored along with their parents.
Honored were: Co-Captains Felicia Barr, the daughter of Dan and Marilyn Barr and Shannon Tooley, the daughter of Mike and Sue Tooley and trusted reserve Jocelyn Fifield, the daughter of Sharon Reed and Allen Fifield.
All three are multi-sport athletes who have enjoyed great success through out their high school careers and all three are planning to attend college next fall.
Dodge continued as a pace-setter at both ends of the court for the Devils complementing her defensive play with a 25-point effort which inlcuded four threes and five rebounds.
We have been asking Meg Dodge to play a lot of defense for us and she has done a great job. As she has raised her defensive play her shooting has gone up with it, said Blevins of his junior guard who has averaged 23 points in the last four games.Rounding a strong offensive team effort were: Riley Luckie with eight points and seven assists, Susie Morrow with 12 points and four steals, Courtney Sherwin with a team-high 12 rebounds and four points off the bench, Shannon Tooley with six points and five rebounds and Felicia Barr with four points and five rebounds.
Jocelyn Field added four points on 2-3 shooting and Mollee Ahrens netted her only shot attempt.
Abby Kelly led Salmon River with 12 points followed by Jaiden Mitchell with nine and Karahkwito King with seven.
The OFA JVs completed their home season with a 47-24 victory led by Taylor Perry who scored 11 points with four rebounds and five steals and Erin Tooley who scored eight points, pulled down 20 rebounds and blocked two shots. Kiera Johnson contributed eight points, eight assists and four steals and Madi Bresett and Jillian Lincoln each added four points.
Kera Ghostlaw led Salmon River with 12 points.
Potsdam 55 - Canton 50: We have been in most of our games this season but the fourth quarter has always been a problem, said Potsdam Coach Larry Hazen after the Stoners did not allow the Bears a three-pointer in the contest.
Tonight we played excellent straight-up defense and put together a strong finish. It is just a great win for the girls.
Sarah Vivlamore supplied the offensive spark for Potsdam scoring a game-high 23 points. Shanelle Chambers netted 15 and Taylor Bonno tallied 10.
Emily Pinckney and Emma Rexford each scored 14 points for Canton and Tori Daly followed with nine.
Massena 48, Malone 43: Alisha Jacobs fired through a game-high 21 points, including four three-poitners, while grabbing six rebounds and notching six steals. Janelle Heden paced the Lady Huskies (9-5, 4-6) with 13 points.