Except for falling behind 7-0, OFA executed its game plan expertly against defending Section 10 Class B Girls Basketball Champion Salmon River in Tuesdays semi-final game at the Bill Merna Court.
After countering Salmon Rivers flying start, the Lady Devils (13-6) were a model of consistency. Coach Lynn Blevins second seeded squad erased a 12-11 first quarter deficit and relentlessly marched to a 72-46 win and into Fridays Section 10 Class B title game against top-seeded Canton on Friday night at 8 p.m. at SUNY Canton
Canton (15-4), which won the Class C and Overall Section 10 Championship last season, moved into the title game via a 71-21 win over Potsdam (3-16). The Devils will be looking to reverse losses of 48-34 and 47-43 to the Bears in the NAC Central Division season.
Coach Blevins felt that his team crafted a very adept prelude for the title game against a Salmon River team which showed great heart and effort trying to spring an upset for retiring coach Karen Francis who led the Shamrocks to the NYS Final Four last season.
I would say that we were a little rusty after not having played for so long but I also credit Salmon River. They are a good team and they played well and very hard, said Blevins after the game where 18 of the Devils 27 field goals came off assists.
We did the things we had to match up with Canton. We played good defense, we made the extra pass and made our shots. We were all so happy that Meg Dodge had such a great game in her final appearance on her home court.
After going scoreless in the first period Dodge (28 points, 7 assists), a six-year varsity player and three time All-NAC Central selection, buried four threes and scored 23 points over the course of the second and third periods where OFA recorded a 43-21 advantage.
You couldnt ask a player to do more than Meg did tonight. She scored well, passed out nice assists, rebounded well and defended their best player very (Tayler Francis) very well, said Blevins.
Riley Luckie also produced an all-star caliber game with 13 points, three threes, six assists and six steals and Courtney Sherwin (8 points, 9 rebounds) and Susie Morrow (12 points, 7 rebounds) continued to produce double-double caliber interior efforts. Brooke Badlam netted six points in her final home game, Taylor Perry added three points and three assists and Erin Tooley chipped in two points.
Tayler Francis tallied 13 points with four assists to lead a balanced Salmon River (4-12) effort which also featured 13 points and 13 rebounds from Kwiio King, 11 points from Jaiden Mitchell, eight points and six rebounds from Brittany Brooks and two points from Lexis Jacobs and Jocelyn Martin.
Canton 71 - OFA 21: Tori Daley, Emily Pinckney and Kayli Frank scored 16, 14 and 13 points leading the Bears who opened a 20-2 first quarter lead. Bree Sapp led Potsdam with nine points.