M-W Girls salvage win to stay unbeaten in East; Lisbon tops OFA

Jan. 9—Madrid-Waddington salvaged a 38-36 win over Brushton-Moira to stay unbeaten in the East Division and Lisbon continued its outstanding record in nonleague play by controlling the second half in a 78-27 victory over OFA in Monday's NAC Girls Basketball action.

M-W 38 — B-M 36: For most of the second half the host Yellow Jackets could not make the needed play to secure the lead in a contest which was a one possession affair. Until just 14 seconds to play when Hailey Marcellus fired a pass to a wide open Kaitlyn Putman underneath for a strong conversion which gave Coach Charlie French's team a 37-36 lead with 14.6 seconds to play.

Erica Bates grabbed a vital defensive rebound with two seconds to play and dropped in a free throw with 4/10s of a second remaining. The Panthers' last ditch effort ended when Marcellus intercepted a long pass at midcourt. "We got the win but we just didn't have it tonight.We passed up too many shots and then threw bad passes,"said Coach Charlie French after his team remained tied with Chateaugay for the top spot in the NAC East.

"We will have to play a lot better when we play Chateaugay next week. Addison McNight got a lot of rebounds for us."

Putman and McNight finished with nine and seven points to lead the M-W offense which also featured six from Marcellus, five from Bates, four from Reese Durant and two from Zara Cordwell. Kayla Phelan buried three 3-pointers scoring 12 of her game-high 15 points in the first half, Chloe Poirier and Samantha Clookey each tallied six and Addisyn Mitchell added two.

Lisbon 78 — OFA 27: The visiting Blue Devils effectively kept the pace of the contest contained in the first half staying in contention at 33-24. The Knights used a trapping defense to establish a desirable offensive flow in the second half where Allison Bell flourished in the freedom of the open floor to score 16 points in the third quarter sparking a 24-1 run.

Rachel LaRock tallied 18 points working the interior and Sophia Walker came through with a season-high 16 points. Leah Warren and Ava Bouchey followed with eight and six points for the Knights who hit five 3s in the second half and Averee Bouchey added four points.

Amaya LaFlair tallied 10 points with eight rebounds to lead OFA and Carlee Thompson tallied six points with four rebounds. Ireland McNally tallied four points, Sky Barr added three and Cadey Cole (3 assists) and Meriam Skamperle each chipped in two points.