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Massena basketball posts wins over Malone, St. Lawrence but Salmon River falls to Potsdam, Canton


Aryssa Hopps shoots over the top of a Malone defender.

By Andy Gardner

The Lady Raiders turned back Malone on Friday, Dec. 7 at Massena High School. They got up to a 23-19 halftime lead and then went on to outscore the competition 15-11 in the final stanza. Nova LeGrow scored a game-high 13 points, including going 6-6 from the free throw line. Aryssa Hopps and Octavia Viskovich each scored 10 points. Tori Jacobs scored nine points, Shaylena Mandigo eight and Hayleigh Armstrong two. Leah Gallagher led Malone with 12 points. Allie Lewis scored nine points, Madison Ansari and Haley Raville notched six points each, Caitlin Douglas four and Mackenzie Lane one.

Three nights earlier, Massena lost 51-42 to St. Lawrence Central in Brasher Falls. Legrow led Massena with 12 points. Armstrong scored seven points, Jacobs six, Mandigo and Viskovich four each, Hopps and Eddy three each, Rhea Bautista two and Alayna Taraska scored one point. The Larries' Maggie Yandoh had a game-high 22 points with seven assists. Abby Lemieux scored eight points, Mackenzie Moreau, Marissa McLean (22 rebounds, six steals) and Madison McLean each scored six points and KenaLee Love scored three.

The next night the Salmon River girls lost 25-19 to hosts Colton-Pierrepont. The Colts took a 4-3 lead after the first quarter and notched six unanswered points in the second. Jill Benedict led the 'Rocks with a game-high eight points. Kamea Thomas scored six, Annabelle Mitchell four and Yanenowi Logan one. Abeni Payne scored seven points for C-P, followed by Isabelle Vaccaro with six, Kaitlynn Long five, Alexus Cuthbert three, and two each from Landree Chamberlain and Jaeleigh Jacot.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Salmon River lost 43-28 to hosts Potsdam. Benedict led SRC with 14 points. Thomas and Mitchell netted four each. Kahnekahawi, Meg Martin and Jheri White tossed through two points each. For Potsdam, Sierra Cummings scored a game-high 19 points. Keyana Johnson scored 10 points, Josie Bruso nine, Addison Herrick and Katrina Cutler two and Ellie Glover scored one.

In boys basketball action, Massena defeated visiting St. Lawrence Central at Massena High School on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The final score was 57-55. Massena led 43-38 through the first three quarters and then denied a fourth-quarter comeback. Tyler Bacon led the Raiders with 20 points and 11 caroms. Josh Sheets scored 11 points, Alex Rusaw 10 (eight rebounds), Tyler McDonald seven (five boards, three assists), Chad Gregor five and Ryan Herrick and Zack Goolden two each. For St. Lawrence, Kolby Perkins led the offense with 23 points, including five from the three-point line. Matt Burg scored 12 points, Cash Feeley and Ben Horner five and Toby Reome three.

The Shamrocks on the previous evening lost 73-36 to visiting Canton at Fort Covington. The Bears blasted out to a 24-6 lead after the first quarter and 44-15 at the halftime buzzer. For SRC, Clayton Jones notched 16 points. Cayden Sunday scored 10 points, Dylan Beam five, Gregory Burdash four and Tobias Jacobs one. For Canton, Declan Porter scored 21 points, including three from the three-point line. Andy Downs scored 11 points and Noah Longshore eight.

Alayna Taraska gets ready to try and grab a rebound.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Potsdam defeated Salmon River 77-69 at Fort Covington. SRC took a 22-19 lead after the opening quarter, but the Stoners came back with a 24-11 rally in the second quarter to lead 43-33 at the half. They outscored the 'Rocks 15-12 in the third. Jones had a big game for Salmon with 33 points. Sunday tallied 14 points, Beam six points and five points each from Patrick Ghostlaw and Rarennenhawi Cook-Francis. On the Potsdam side, Keller McGowan notched 23 points, Xavier Moses 15, Kobe Phillips 13 and seven each from Jared Holder, Syl Foisy and Patrick Blanchard. Lashaka-Mani Hillary scored five.

Two nights later, the Massena boys gained a 30-25 halftime lead but ultimately fell 54-51 to Malone. Bacon had a 22-point game for the Raiders. McGregor and Rusaw scored nine points each. McDonald had eight and Sheets three. For Malone, Cole Fountain scored 16 points, followed by Payton Poirier 13, Cambrie Miller six, Hunter Swan and Keith Shafer five each, Garrett Perry four, Jake VanSteenburg three and Kaden Barney two.


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