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POTSDAM — Massena’s Section 10 three-repeat hopes came to an end Tuesday night at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall. Class C champion Canton (18-2 overall) unseated Massena, 41-39 in the second Section 10 overall semifinal, keyed by a 3-pointer by Kali Frank from the left corner with 11.8 seconds left in the game.

“We were down much of the game,” saidFrank. “Coach Meyers set up the play for Emma (Rexford) and she was covered and found me. I just threw up the shot. I didn’t play very well tonight but I’m just so happy that it went in. We’ve worked very hard for this.”

The shot then turned into a scramble for defense and the Bears denied an inside shot on Massena’s last possession.

The Bears will face Class B champion Salmon River (16-5), which defeated Class D champion Hammond in the first semifinal game, in the final at 5 p.m. Friday at SUNY Potsdam.

Canton is looking for its first overall Section 10 title since Don Carrier coached the Bears to a 1977 title. Salmon River won the overall championship in 1982 when assistant coach Jocelyn (Furnia) Kelly played under the direction of Dick McLean.

Canton, Massena, Salmon River and Hammond will enter the state Class C and Class A tournaments next week.

The Raiders receive a bye into the NYS Class A quarterfinals and will face a Section 2 or Section 3 winner March 9 at SUNY Potsdam. Canton will face Section 2 champion Berne Knox or Hoosic Valley in the first round at Adirondack Community College on Tuesday.

Emma Rexford finished with 15 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists for Canton. Tory Daley had eight points and four rebounds.

Alisha Jacobs finished with 16 points and eight boards for Massena. Marissa Manley added 13 points, six rebounds, and three blocked shots.

SALMON RIVER 50, HAMMOND 35

Abby Kelly buried three 3-pointers in the second quarter and scored 25 points leading Salmon River to a win over Hammond in the first of two Section 10 overall semifinal games at SUNY Potsdam.

“Abby always shoots great and our team chemistry is really strong,” said Kelly’s teammate Aliyah Cook. “That is why everything went so well tonight.”

Kelly also played a key role in the constantly converging defensive tactics by Salmon River, which limited 2013 Jan Reetz Award recipient Alyssa Crosby to seven points, all of which came in the first half. Crosby turned in a strong game on the defensive boards with eight rebounds.

“Alyssa Crosby is an outstanding player and we knew that we had to double-team her every time she got the ball,” said Salmon River coach Karen Francis.

“We had a change our defense a few times but the girls did a very good job. Offensively we were outstanding in the first half. We got the ball to Abby Kelly in the right places for her shots.”

The Shamrocks will meet NAC Central rival and Class C champion Canton in the overall Section 10 championship.



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