Section X Teams Strike Out in 2013-'14 New York State Playoffs

Final Standings & Non League Stats

EAST DIVISION                  W-L    GB   Non-Lg
Tupper Lake
St. Regis Falls
13-1       -        2-2
13-1       -        2-2
10-4       3       0-2
  5-9       8       0-4
4-10       9       1-3
4-10       9       0-1
4-10       9       0-2
3-11     10       0-1
CENTRAL DIVISION           W-L    GB   Non-Lg
St. Lawrence Central
Salmon River
14-0       -        2-1
12-2       2       2-1
10-4       4       2-2
  8-6       6       3-1
  5-9       9       1-3
4-10     10       0-1
2-12     12       3-1
1-13     13       1-3
WEST DIVISION                 W-L    GB  Non-Lg
11-1       -        4-1
10-2       1       5-0
  9-3       2       3-3
  5-7       6       4-2
  3-9       8       1-1
  3-9       8       1-2
1-11     10       1-2

Heuvelton’s Paige McCormick (white) makes a strong move towards the basket. The Heuvelton Bulldogs’ bid for the New York State Final Four came up just short in a 46-45 heartbreaker to the Fort Edward Flying Forts in the state quarterfinal. Olivia St. Pierre led the Bulldogs with a game-best 16 points.  (Alex Brock photo)  Game Gallery


New York State Sectional Playoffs

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New York State Playoffs - Class D Quarterfinal
Fort Edward (II) 46, Heuvelton (X) 45



New York State Playoffs - Class A Opening Round
Jamesville-Dewitt (III) 50, Malone (X) 44



New York State Playoffs - Class B Opening Round
Tamarac (II) 62, Canton (X) 52
New York State Playoffs - Class C Opening Round
Northern Adirondack (VII) 42, St. Lawrence (X) 25


St. Lawrence Central’s Chelsea Savage (10) steals the ball from Northern Adirondack’s Rachel Venne (13) for a breakaway two points to chip away at the Bobcats’ lead. Northern Adirondack reeled off a 10-0 run to begin the third period and to take the lead. The Bobcats beat the Larries 62-52 in the State Class C opener.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Northern Adirondack’s Makenna Magee (11) and St. Lawrence Central’s Breanna Evans (5) battle for possession of the loose ball in third quarter action. In a battle between two first-time sectional champions in the New York State playoffs, the Northern Adirondack Bobcats made their debut with a 42-25 victory in the Class C Region II opener at SUNY Potsdam. The Bobcats' Megan McGee buried for three-pointers rounding out an 18-point effort, while Jillian Scott tossed in 13 points. Virtually the entire first half featured log-range shooting for NAC, with most of their 21 points from beyond the arc. NAC broke an 18-18 tie with a three-pointer to close the first half. Lindsay Thayer led St. Lawrence Central with nine points. The Larries opened the game on an 8-0 run, before Northern Adirondack fought back with a 12-1 finished to the quarter. The Larries scored only four points in the third quarter and three points in the fourth quarter, up against a trapping Bobcat defense. The win marked a four-year march from a winless team, to no program for a year, then their first win in nine years last season and, finally a run in the state playoffs. Northern Adirondack will meet Hoosic Valley in the state quarterfinals on Saturday. St. Lawrence Central closed out its season at 13-8.


By Bob LaRue, North Country SportsNet
The Tamarac Bengals broke open a seesaw game with a 22-13 spurt in the fourth quarter to end the postseason hopes of the Canton Golden Bears with a 62-52 win in the opening round of the New York State Class B girls playoffs. Canton fought back from seven points behind in the first quarter, before the teams exchanged leads for the next two frames. Canton was unable to find an answer for Jenna Erickson who led the Bengals with 32 points. Adiya Henderson contributed 19 points and Alex Mitchell added 11 for the Bengals. Tori Dailey topped the Canton effort with 17 points, while Kali Frank scored 11 points. Canton closed out its season at 16-6.

Heuvelton Drops 46-45 Heartbreaker in StateS

Heuvelton’s Paige McCormick (white) makes a strong move towards the basket. The Heuvelton Bulldogs’ bid for the New York State Final Four came up just short in a 46-45 heartbreaker to the Fort Edward Flying Forts in the state quarterfinal. Olivia St. Pierre led the Bulldogs with a game-best 16 points.  (Alex Brock photo)  Game Gallery

Fort Edward’s Brittni Sardina (1) makes a move in the front court against Logan Tallman (14). Section X Class D Champion Heuvelton pulled within one point at 46-45 when Olivia St. Pierre dropped in a bucket with just 54 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Bulldogs came up empty despite the opportunities in the closing moments of the New York State Class D quarterfinal at SUNY Canton. Visiting Section II Champion Fort Edward was able to overcome a five-second inbounding violation with 14 seconds remaining and stop the Bulldogs from scoring to secure their ticket to the New York State Final Four in Troy New York next week. The Bulldogs faced a 41-35 deficit with three minutes remaining, but got back-to-back three-pointers from Logan Tallman to knot the score. Heuvelton took the lead at 43-41 with 2:06 remaining when Paige McCormick scored. However, Alexis Thomas reversed the lead for Fort Edward when she knocked down a three-pointer, then followed with a backet for a three-point lead with a minute to go. Sardina led the Flying Forts with 11 points, while Thomas scored 10. St. Pierre led all scorers with 16 points, while Lexi Weidner added 12 and McCormick chipped in eight. The Bulldogs finished their season at 21-3 overall.


By Bob LaRue, North Country SportsNet
The Malone Huskies battled Section III Champion Jamesville-Dewitt to the end, but a 17-8 second quarter and impressive 22-for-26 free-throw shooting by the Rams left the Huskies on the short end of a 50-44 score in the New York State Class A quarterfinals. After Malone edged out to an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Red Rams connected on all eight free throws and got some separation from Malone, 27-19 at the half. The Huskies were also plagued by 14 first-half turnovers and 21 overall. Franklin Academy was able to pull within two points at 30-28 midway through the third quarter, but then went scoreless for the balance of the period. Seven Huskies put points in the score book. Erin McDonald scored a team-best 11 points, while Meghan O’Connor added nine and both Emily Marshall and Morgan Fountain scored seven points each. Carly O’Hern led the Red Rams with 17 points, while both Meg Hair and Alyssa Robens chipped in 12 points apiece.


Section X Overall Playoffs

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Section X Overall Championship - SUNY Potsdam
(D) Heuvelton 53, Malone (A) 45



Section X Overall Semifinals - at SUNY Potsdam
(D) Heuvelton 62, (B) Canton 47
(A) Malone 46, (C) St. Lawrence Central 21

Malone Pulls Away in 4th Quarter To Beat LARRIES

Malone’s Janelle Heden (32) attempts to stop the dribble penetration of St. Lawrence Central’s Bailee Gauthier (24) with a knock away and a loose ball. Malone pulled away from a 31-19 advantage with a 15-2 final run in the fourth quarter to beat the Larries 46-21 in the Section X overall semifinals.  (Casey Stephens photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Larries’ Lindsey Thayer (3)struggles to get through the tough defense of the Huskies. The Franklin Academy Huskies opened the first half with a 10-0 lead, opened the second half with a 7-0 rn, then broke open a 31-19 lead with a 15-2 fourth-quarter surge to pull away from the St. Lawrence Central Larries 46-21 in the Section X overall semifinals at SUNY Potsdam. The Larries pushed back in the second quarter when they got to as close as 20-14, before Malone finished the half with the final four points. The Huskies were led by Janelle Heden, Meghan O’Connor and Morgan Fountain, all with eight points apiece. The Huskies will advance to the Section X overall championship against Heuvelton. Lindsay Thayer and Breanna Evans each tallied eight points for St. Lawrence Central. The Larries continue on to the New York State Class C opening-round game against the Section VII champion, either Seton Catholic or Northern Adirondack Central.

Heuvelton Jumps On Canton Early To Win SemiFINAL 62-47

Heuvelton’s Logan Tallman (14) attempts to drive around Canton’s Kali Frank (24) as the Bulldogs put the Bears in a 21-point hole in the third quarter. Canton went on an 18-2 run to close the first quarter, then extended the lead to 41-20 in the third frame, en route to a 62-47 win over Canton in the Section X overall semifinal at SUNY Potsdam.  (Casey Stephens photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Canton’s Tori Daley (5) tried to guide her team back with a strong move into the Heuvelton defense.

Heuvelton Rallies To Beat Malone For First Title

Heuvelton guard Lexi Weidner (23) drives to the lane through Malone defenders Janelle Heden (32) and Emily Marshall (45). Malone jumped out to an 18-4, but the Bulldogs roared back to outscore the Huskies 16-2 to tie by halftime. The Bulldogs went on to win their first overall Section X championship 53-45.  Heuvelton is the first Class D team to win the title in twenty years.  (Alex Brock photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Malone’s Emily Marshall (white) tries a move to the basket against Heuvelton’s Lexi Weidner.  The Heuvelton Bulldogs bounced back from an 18-4 first-half deficit, with a strong finish before half, then went on to defeat Class A Champion Malone 53-45, for their first-ever Section X overall championship at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium at SUNY Potsdam. Heuvelton became the first Class D school to capture a title in 20 years. The Bulldogs were able to rally behind eleven straight points and a 16-2 finish in the second quarter to tie the game at 20-20 by intermission. Logan Tallman buried a three-pointer to start the second half to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game. Heuvelton increased the lead to 34-26, behind buckets from the Olivia and Maddie St. Pierre, Paige McCormick and Tallman. The Bulldogs kept pressing forward to take a 48-41 advantage with less than two minutes remaining, then used hard-nosed defense down the stretch to allow only four more points and secure their first title. Heuvelton was led by McCormick’s 13 points, followed by Olivia St. Pierre with 12, and 10 points each from Logan Tallman and Maddie St. Pierre. Malone was led by Morgan Fountain with 13 points. Both teams will now move on to the New York State playoffs in their respective classes.



Heuvelton jumped to an 18-5 first-quarter lead on the strength of six points from forward Kylie Piercey who drew the starting assignment for Olivia St. Pierre. In a game of wide swings and runs, the Bulldogs led by as much as 21 points, 41-20 in the third quarter, before holding off Canton in a 62-47 victory in the Section X overall semifinals. Canton staged a furious comeback in the second half, closing to within 47-42 with 4:11 remaining in regulation, the Bulldogs closed out with a 15-5 run to seal the win. As a team, Heuvelton went 13-for-19 from the free-throw line, which helped to secure the win. Piercey led Heuvelton with 12 points, while Logan Tallman dropped in 10 points, including 5-for-7 from the charity stripe. However, Canton suffered from 8-for-24 free-throw shooting. The Bears were able to climb back into the game by generating 12 second-half points off its full-court press. Canton was led by Tori Daly with 17 points, while Kali Frank tossed in 15 points. Emily Pinckney and Natalie DiSalvo chipped in five points apiece. Heuvelton advances to the Section X overall championship to face the Malone Huskies. Canton will travel next to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY to face the Section II champion on March 4th.


Section X Class A Playoffs

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Section X Class A Championship - at SUNY Canton
(#1) Malone 54, (#2) Massena 23


 The Malone Huskies captured the Section X Class A Championship with a 46-22 win over the Massena Red Raiders. The Huskies jumped to an early 23-5 run in the first quarter and continued to pull away. Malone advances to the New York State regional playoffs and the Section X overall championship.

Malone Dominates Massena in Class A Title Game 46-22

 Massena’s Sophia Rusaw (32) tries to get off the jump shot, but she is blocked by a Malone defender. The Malone Huskies jumped out to a quick 23-5 lead at the end of the first quarter, then cruised to a 54-23 victory over the Massena Red Raiders in the Section X Class A championship, held at SUNY Canton. The Huskies controlled the tempo with a full-court press that the Red Raiders could not handle. Malone dumped in 23 early points including four three-pointers from Janelle Heden who led all scorers with 15 points for the Knights. Rachel Lamica added 10 points, while Morgan Fountain added 10 and Emily Marshall scored eight for the winners. Massena was led by Bailee Young with 14 points, including four three-pointers. The Huskies will advance to the Section X overall semifinals against an opponent yet to be determined on February 25th. Massena closed out at 6-13.  Game Gallery   NCSN Broadcast


Section X Class B Playoffs

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Class B Championship - at SUNY Canton
(#1) Canton 59, (#2) Ogdensburg 38



Class B Semifinals - at Home of Higher Seed
(#1) Canton 71, (#5) Potsdam 21
(#2) Ogdensburg 72, Salmon River 46



Class B Play-In - at Home of Higher Seed
(#5) Potsdam 57, (#4) Gouverneur 48

Canton Wins "B" Semifinal Romping Past Potsdam

Potsdam’s Breanne Sapp (30) skies for a shot, but is fouled by Canton’s Tori Daley (5). The Golden Bears came out strong and played stout defensively to quickly gain a huge 38-5 advantage at the half. Canton won the semifinal 71-21 to advance to the Class B championship game on Friday at SUNY Canton.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Canton’s Emily Pinckney (33) powers past Potsdam’s Sarah Vivlamore (31) for two points. The path of the Section X Class B championship game was swift and decisive for the Canton Golden Bears in a 71-21 victory over the Potsdam Sandstoners in the semifinal round. Canton rolled out to a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and 38-5 at the half, before shifting into cruise mode in second half. Tori Dailey led the Bears with 16 points, while Emily Pinckney added 14 and Kali Frank dumped in 13 points. Breanna Sapp led the Sandstoners with nine points. Top-seeded Canton advances to the Class B championship game on Friday night at SUNY Canton to face second-seeded Ogdensburg. Potsdam closed out its season at 3-17.


 Gouverneur’s Jessica Rotundo (14) wheels around Potsdam’s Breanne Sapp (30) and Sarah Vivlamore to get am open jump shot in the paint. The Wildcats and the Sandstoners traded the lead ten times with two ties, before the Sandstoners earned a six-point surge late in the fourth quarter en route to a 57-48 victory.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Potsdam’s Sarah Vivlamore (31) cuts between Gouverneur defenders Rebecca Bulsiewicz (3) and Jessica Rotundo to earn an open opportunity on the basket. In a seesaw battle that saw 10 lead changes and two ties, Vivlamore connected on a four-pointer to break a 43-43 tie with 1:10 remaining that put Potsdam ahead for good. The #5 Sandstoners went on to defeat fourth-seeded Gouverneur 57-48 in the Section X Class B play-in game. The Wildcats led Potsdam 21-15 at the half, and by as much as seven points in the second half, before the Sandstoners charged back. Vivlamore led Potsdam by splashing 26 points, including six three-pointers. Breanna Sapp chipped in 21 points, including 8-for-10 from the free-throw line. For Gouverneur, Alisha Way and Haley Easton each tallied 11 points, while Emily Bush and Danielle Bullock added eight points each. Jessica Rotondo scored seven. Potsdam will advance to the Section X Class B semifinals to face top-seeded Canton. Gouverneur wrapped up its season at 5-14.

Canton Shoots Away From O.F.A. For Class B Title

The Section X Class B Champion Canton Golden Bears. Canton jumped out to a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but then exploded for 35-16 halftime lead. Canton coasted to the Class B championship with 59-38 victory over the Blue Devils. Rachel Sanderson led the Golden Bears with 13 points.  (Alex Brock photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Ogdensburg’s Erin Tooley (50) attempts a shot from the low post over Canton’s Rachael Huntley (11). After exchanging leads through 6-6, the Golden Bears caught fire and outscored the Blue Devils 29-10 for the balance of the first half. Canton built its lead to as much as 23 points in the third quarter, en route to a 59-38 win in the Section X Class B championship game at SUNY Canton. The Bears were led by 13-point performances from Rachel Sanderson, Kali Frank and Tori Daley. Emily Pinckney added 12 points. For Ogdensburg, Susie Morrow led the way with 12 points, while Meg Dodge pitched in 11 points. Canton advances to face Heuvelton in the Section X Overall Semifinals on Tuesday, then moves on to state tournament play. The Blue Devils closed their season at 13-7.

Ogdensburg Eliminates Salmon River in "B" Semifinal

Salmon River’s Jocelynn Martin (24) drives toward the basket, while heavily guarded by Ogdensburg’s Riley Luckie (11). The Shamrocks jumped in front 7-0 to start, but the Blue Devils fought back to take a 12-11 lead after the first quarter. O.F.A. pulled away to beat the Shamrocks 72-46 in the Class B semifinals.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

On a drive to the basket, Salmon River’s Taylor Francis (22) is heavily defended by Ogdensburg’s Meg Dodge (31).  Undaunted by Salmon River’s 7-0 start, the Ogdensburg blue Devils bounced back to close within a 12-11 score at the end of the first quarter then methodically marched to a 72-46 victory in the Section X Class B semifinal game at Bill Merna Gymnasium at O.F.A. Megan Dodge paced a balanced O.F.A. effort with 28 points, including four three-pointers. Riley Luckie added 13 points including three trifectas and six assists. Susie Morrow chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds. Salmon River was led by Taylor Francis with 13 points and four assists, while Kwio King scored 13 points and 13 rebounds and Jaiden Mitchell added eight points.


Section X Class C Playoffs

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Class C Championship - at SUNY Canton
(#1) St. Lawrence Ctl. 41, (#2) Brushton-Moira 30



Class C Semifinals - at Home of Higher Seed
(#1) St. Lawrence Ctl. 54, (#4) Norwood-Norfolk 32
(#2) Brushton-Moira 43, (#3) Tupper Lake 19


Brushton-Moira’s Meg Martin (11) drops in a layup past Tupper Lake’s Lindsey Maroun (15). Martin led the Panthers with a game-best 13 points, while Kirsten Barrett put up ten points to guide the Lady Panthers to a 43-19 win over Tupper Lake in the Section X Class C semifinal game in Brushton.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Tupper Lake’s Lizzie Zurek (22) attempts a jumper, but the Panthers' Kirstin Barrett (33) stuffs her shot. Brushton-Moira opened with a blistering 29-2 first half, then cruised to a 43-19 victory over the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks in the Section X Class C semifinals. For Tupper Lake, Lizzie Zurek scored seven points, while Lindsey Maroun added four points. Second-seeded Brushton-Moira will advance to the Class C championship against top-seeded St. Lawrence Central on February 21st. Tupper Lake ended its season at 5-14.

Larries Fend Off B-M Panthers For Class C Title

St. Lawrence Central’s Lindsey Thayer (3) attempts a layup, while being hounded by Brushton-Moira defender Meagan Martin (20). The Section X Class C Championship game was a defensive battle. The Larries led 22-10 at halftime, then survived a third-quarter scare from the Panthers to prevail 41-30.  (Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Brushton-Moira’s Kirstin Barrett (33) attempts a runner in the lane against St. Lawrence Central’s Bailee Gauthier (24). Brushton-Moira’s Kirstin Barrett (33) attempts a runner in the lane against St. Lawrence Central’s Bailee Gauthier (24). The Larries saw their 14-lead reduced to six points, 37-31, early in the fourth quarter, before pulling away for a 41-30 win in the Section X Class C championship. Lindsay Thayer led the Larries with 12 points, while Chelsea Savage chipped in 10 and Bailee Gauthier contributed eight points. The Larries advance to face the Malone Huskies in the Section X Overall Semifinals, then move on to state tournament play. Kirsten Barrett paced the Panthers with 10 points, while Meagan Martin and Makayla McCarthy chipped in nine points each. The Panthers closed their season at 11-7.

St. Lawrence Cruises Past N-N flyers in Semifinal 54-32

Norwood-Norfolk’s Hannah Sequin dives to the floor and challenges for possession of the ball against St. Lawrence Central. St. Lawrence Central enjoyed a 14-6 first-quarter lead, before cruising to a 54-32 victory over the Norwood-Norfolk Flyers in the Section X Class C semifinal contest at Brasher.  (Eric Foote photo)  Game Gallery

St. Lawrence Central’s Bailee Gauthier (24) gets the loose ball and starts a fast break.  The Larries’ Lindsay Thayer led all scorers with 22 points, with eight-point contributions each from Breanna Evans, Chelsea Savage and Bailee Gauthier. Four different players scored six points each to lead Norwood-Norfolk. The Larries move on to the Section X Class C championship game against Brushton-Moira on February 21st. Norwood-Norfolk closed out its season at 4-13.


Section X Class D Playoffs

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Class D Championship - at SUNY Canton
(#1) Heuvelton 53,. (#3) Hermon-DeKalb 48 (OT)



Class D Semifinals - at SUNY Canton
(#3) Hermon-DeKalb 41, (#2) Chateaugay 36
(#1) Heuvelton 44, (#4) Madrid-Waddington 31



Class D Quarterfinals - Ogdensburg Free Academy
(#4) Madrid-Waddington 34, (#5) Hammond 33
(#1) Heuvelton 63, (#8) Edwards-Knox 35
(#2) Chateaugay 59, (#10) Morristown 39



Class D Quarterfinals - Ogdensburg Free Academy
(#3) Hermon-DeKalb 72, (#6) Lisbon 33



Class D Opening Round - at Home of Higher Seed
(#8) Edwards-Knox 47, (#9) Parishville-Hopkinton 30
(#10) Morristown 53, (#7) Colton-Pierrepont 43
(#6) Lisbon 61, (#11) St. Regis Falls 31
(#5) Hammond 51, (#12) Harrisville 11

Hermon-dekalb Outduels Chateaugay in "D" Semis

Hermon-DeKalb's Morgan Stott (00) wheels inside against Chateaugay's Abby Barnes (24) to execute a left-handed layup. Hunter Hitchman hit a three-pointer to tie the game 22-22 at the half, then drained two more early in the second half to ignite the Green Demons to a 41-36 victory in the Class D semifinals.   (Foote photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Hermon-DeKalb's Courtney Harrington (14) tries to block a baseline runner from Chateaugay's Caitlyn Miller.  While Chateaugay controlled much of the first half, Hermon-DeKalb held the upper hand for most of the second half in forging a 41-36 victory in a hard-fought and physical 41-36 victory over the Bulldogs in the Section X Class D semifinals. The game was tied 22-22 at halftime after Abby Barnes connected on a three-pointer for the Bulldogs, but Chateaugay was never able to regain the lead after intermission. Hunter Hitchman’s three-pointer early in the second half jumped Hermon-DeKalb to a 28-24 lead, then Bridgit Rust connected for another three-pointer to push the lead to 33-26 lead in the third quarter. The Demons did not allow the fact that Hitchman picked up her fourth foul with still nearly seven minutes left to affect their game plan. Kasey O’Donnell struck for two free throws and Rust got bingo a three-pointer to extend the lead to 39-31 with less than five minutes ago. Chateaugay responded when Danielle Charland connected for three and Barnes hit two free throws to trim the lead to 39-36 with 2:27 remaining. But the Bulldogs were held scoreless the rest of the way. Hitchman led all scorers with 17 points, including three three-pointers. Rust tallied nine points, while Donnell and Morgan Stott chipped in five points each. Hannah Cook led the Chateaugay attack with 11 points, while Barnes dealt eight points and Caitlin Miller scored six. Hermon-DeKalb advances to face top-seeded Heuvelton in the Class D championship on Friday evening at SUNY Canton. Heuvelton is ranked seventh in the state, while Hermon- DeKalb is ranked eighth in girls Class D. Chateaugay ended their season at 16-4. 

Heuvelton Turns Hot in 4th Qtr. To Oust Jackets 44-31

Madrid-Waddington's Tess Knight (5) slashes to a hole past three Heuvelton defenders to score a bucket. After the Yellow Jackets shut out Heuvelton 7-0 in the third quarter to gain a 27-25 advantage, the Bulldogs caught fire with a pivotal 16-0 run. Heuvelton beat the Jackets 44-31 in the "D" semifinal.  (Foote photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Madrid-Waddington's Jenn King (35) takes the ball to the rack against Heuvelton's Olivia St. Pierre (21).  The Heuvelton offense sputtered to a halt in the third quarter, going scoreless in a 7-0 third quarter, but the top-seeded Bulldogs exploded in the fourth frame with a 16-0 run to pull away from the Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets 44-31 in the Section X Class B semifinals. Down 25-20 at the half, Madrid-Waddington outscored Heuvelton 7-0 in the third frame, but then the sleeping Bulldogs awoke with a vengeance. The Heuvelton defense forced four consecutive turnovers and went on a 16-0 tear in the final quarter that destroyed the Yellow Jackets hopes of recovering and advancing. Logan Tallman’s three-pointer started the barrage. Lexi Weidner converted off a steal and Paige McCormick knocked down the first of three three-pointers to build a 33-27 advantage with just over five minutes remaining. Three possessions and two minutes later, the Bulldogs built the lead to 41-27, following St. Pierre’s two-pointer inside, another McCormick three-ball and a bank shot by Tallman who finished with 12 points. McCormick and Weidner scored nine points for the Bulldogs. Olivia Parmenter led the Yellow Jackets’ balanced effort with seven points, while Tess Knight, Desiree Pryce and Jenn King each scored six points. The Bulldogs will advance to play third-seeded Hermon-DeKalb in the Class D championship game on Friday evening at SUNY Canton. Heuvelton is ranked seventh in the state, while Hermon- DeKalb is ranked eighth in girls Class D. Madrid-Waddington closed out its campaign at 16-4, under retiring head coach Gary Tischler.


Heuvelton’s Olivia St. Pierre (21) leaps over two Edwards-Knox defenders for a far-right jumper. The Bulldogs captured a 63-53 Class D quarterfinal victory over the Cougars and will advance to the semifinals against the Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets. (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

 Edwards-Knox forward McKenna Ashley (12) tries to find an opening, but is heavily guarded by Heuvelton’s Macy Richardson (30).  The top-seeded Heuvelton Bulldogs blasted off to a 42-12 halftime lead, then cruised to a 63-35 victory over the #8-seeded Edwards-Knox Cougars in the Section X Class D quarterfinals. The Bulldogs’ Paige McCormick fired off 19 of her game-high 21 points in the first half to spark the victory. Alexis Weidner added 10 points, while Olivia St. Pierre chipped in eight points and Maddie St. Pierre contributed seven. Heuvelton will take on Madrid-Waddington in the Class D semifinals. Edwards-Knox was led by McKenzie Frary who dropped in 12 points, followed by Makayla Bartocha with eight and Jailynn Bullock with seven points. The Cougars closed out their season at 5-11.


Chateaugay’s Abby Barnes rained down 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers to help the second-seeded Bulldogs pull out to a 29-17 lead at the half, en route to a 59-39 victory over #10-seeded Morristown in the Section X Class D quarterfinals. For the Bulldogs, Hannah Cook added 11 points, while Danielle Charland tossed in seven points and Katie Beach added six points. Morristown was led by Jessica get is with 14 points and Taylor Piercey who scored 10. Chateaugay advanced to face third-seeded Hermon- DeKalb in the Class D semifinals. The Green Rockets finished up their season at 5-12.

Lisbon Turns Away St. Regis Falls in Playoff Opener

 Lisbon’s Brook Oshier (11) floats her shot over the reach of St. Regis Falls’ Brianah Work (15). Lisbon got hot early, opening with three three-pointers and opening up a 41-12 halftime lead. The sixth-seeded Golden Knights advanced to the Class D quarterfinals with a 61-31 win over #11-seeded St. Regis Falls in the opening round. Lisbon’s Jackie Sovie totaled a game-high 16 points, while Katie Sovie produced 12 points and Maddy Vine chipped in nine. Six other players also hit the score sheet. Work scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Saints with 12 overall. Nicki Bazdaric added seven points for the Saints who closed out the season at 3-13 overall.  (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

#5 Seed Hammond Eliminates #12 Harrisville in Opener

Hammond’s Mikayla Horton (10) fires up a baseline jumper while heavily guarded by Harrisville’s Emma Harper (20) and Emory Matott (32). The Red Devils’ full-court pressure propelled them to a 15-0 lead to start the game. The #5- seeded Red Devils kept up the pace and won 51-11 in the Class D opener. (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery

Harrisville’s Courtney LaBeau (1) is double teamed by Hammond’s Taylor Bowman (32) and Courtney Bova (13).  Hammond raced out to a 15-0 lead before Harrisville scored a bucket just before the buzzer to end the first quarter, en route to a 51-11 victory over Harrisville in the Section X Class D opening round. The victory sets a quarterfinal rematch between the #5-seeded Red Devils and the #4-Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets. The Devils outscored the Pirates 17-2 in the fourth quarter. Courtney Bova led a balanced attack with 12 points, Mikayla Horton added 11 points, while Cassi Whalen tossed in 10. For Harrisville, Morgan Matott scored five points, while Georgi Baker added three and McKenzie LaPlatney added two pointso. Abby Lafave chipped in a free throw. Harrisville closed at 2-13.

Heuvelton Wins Class D Title in O.T. vs. Demons 53-48

Following a steal, Heuvelton’s Lex Weidner (23) races upcourt, followed by Hermon-DeKalb’s Hunter Hitchman (10) and Kasey O’Donnell (30). The Green Demons closed the first half strongly and led 30-23 at the break, but the Bulldogs rallied to force overtime and ultimately won 53-48 in the Class D championship. (Drew Gearsbeck photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

Heuvelton’s Paige McCormick fires up a turnaround jumper over Hermon-DeKalb’s Hunter Hitchman. Hermon-DeKalb built a 26-18 second-quarter lead. Heuvelton charged back with a 14-5 third-quarter surge to gain a two-point lead after the third frame. The Demons tied the game at 44-44 with 15 seconds remaining when Courtney Harrington connected on two clutch free throws. The Bulldogs outscored the Demons 9-4 in the overtime to win the Section X Class D championship 53-48.  McCormick led all scorers with 21 points, while Maddie St. Pierre knocked down 10 points and Lexi Weidner tossed in eight points. The Bulldogs advance to the Section X Overall Semifinals on Tuesday against the Canton Golden Bears, then it’s on to the state playoffs. For Hermon-DeKalb, Hunter Hitchman and Courtney Harrington scored 15 points each, while Morgan Stott added six points. The Demons closed their season at 17-3.

M-W Jackets Win Seesaw Thriller VS. Hammond 34-33

The Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets storm the court to celebrate their 34-33 victory over the Hammond Red Devils in the Section X Class D quarterfinals. The Jackets’ Kayleigh Field knocked down the game-winning bucket with 5.5 seconds remaining in a classic struggle between two state-ranked Top 20 teams.  (Shonn Surber photo)  Game Gallery

Hammond’s Courtney Bova (13) goes for the layup, but is blocked by Madrid-Waddington’s Desiree Pryce (15). Every point counted in a tight defensive struggle as the Madrid-Waddington Yellow Jackets edged the Hammond Red Devils 34-33 in the Section X Class D quarterfinals at Ogdensburg Free Academy. Fourth-seeded Madrid-Waddington led 26-21 with seven minutes remaining, but the #5 Red Devils chipped away to take the lead 28-27 on a free-throw from Courtney Bova. The Jackets’ Jenn King responded with two free throws to restore M-W’s slim lead at 31-30. Hammond scratched out three leads in the ball game and led 33-32 with 16.8 seconds to go after Courtney Bova nailed a three-pointer. However, the Jackets’ Kayleigh Field knocked down the game-winning bucket with 5.5 seconds remaining in a classic struggle between two state-ranked Top 20 teams this season. Field scored 11 points, while King added 10, Tess Knight and Desiree Price chipped in five points apiece. Madrid Waddington will advance to play-seeded Heuvelton in the class D semifinals Tuesday evening at SUNY Canton. Bova led all scorers with 16 points, while Mikayla Horton scored nine for Hammond that closed out at 13-7.

Hermon-DeKalb Rolls Past Lisbon in 72-33 Quarterfinal

Hermon-DeKalb’s Hunter Hitchman (10) breaks away from Lisbon defender Beth Crowley (21) for the open shot. Courtney Harrington led the Green Demons with 23 points, while Jackie Sovie lead the Lisbon Golden Knights with 15 points. Hermon-DeKalb beat Lisbon 72-33 in the Class D quarterfinal.  (Cody Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

 Lisbon’s Hannah Richardson (12) looks for an opening around Hermon-DeKalb’s Kasey O’Donnell (30) for a shot. The Hermon-DeKalb Lady Demons rolled out to a quick 42-18 halftime lead, then cruised to a 72-33 win over the #6-seeded Lisbon Golden Knights in the Section X Class D quarterfinal at Ogdensburg. The Demons received a big shooting night from Courtney Harrington who splashed 23 points, followed by Hunter Hitchman’s 11 points. Jackie Sovie led the Knights with 15 points, while Beth Crowley scored 10. The Knights advance to face the winner of the Chateaugay-Morristown quarterfinal. Lisbon ended its season at 9-10.

Morristown Upsets Colton-Pierrepont in "D" Opener

Morristown’s Taylor Piercey (13) finds an opening through Colton-Pierrepont defenders Morgan Doyle (10) and Andrea Aldous (14) to make the layup. The Colts and Green Rockets battled to a 16-16 tie at the half. Morristown came out hot in the second half and went on to win 51-41 in the Class D playoffs. (Jenne photo)  Game Gallery

 Morristown’s Jessica Geddes (11) goes for the jump shot over Colton-Pierrepont’s Andrea Aldous (14). Breaking away from a 16-16 tie, the hoop opened up for Morristown in the second half. The Rockets raced out to a 41-29 lead early in the fourth quarter. Tenth-seeded Morristown, the only lower seed to win in the opening round of the Section X Class D playoffs, upended the #7-seeded Colts 51-41. Taylor Piercey scored 21 points, while Geddes added 17 and Jordyn Tulley finished with nine points, all from beyond the arc for the Rockets. Morgan Doyle scored a game-best 28 points, followed by Cortney Marsh with nine points for the Colts. Morristown advances to play #2-seeded Chateaugay in the Xection 10 class D quarterfinals on Friday. The Colts close their season at 5-14.

E-K Cougars Beat P-H Panthers in "D" Playoffs

Edwards-Knox guard Katie Smith (32) springs to the hoop to score two of her game-best 15 points to lead the Cougars to a 47-30 victory over Parishville-Hopkinton in the Section X Class D playoff opening round. The Cougars outscored the Panthers 10-1 in the second period to grab the lead for good.   (Eric Foote photo)  Game Gallery  NCSN Broadcast

  Parishville-Hopkinton senior Kodi Perkins (12) tosses in a two-pointer in her final game against Edwards-Knox.  After Parishville-Hopkinton scored two buckets in the first 35 seconds for a 5-0 lead, Edwards-Knox Coach Shawn Coon used a timeout to reset the defense that stifled the Panthers most of the rest of the way. After three lead changes, the Cougars went on a 10-1 run in the second quarter to take control of the game. Eighth-seeded Edwards-Knox went on to defeat #9-seed Parishville-Hopkinton 47-30 in the Section X Class D opening round. Katie Smith led the Cougars with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Jadilynn Bullock added nine points while Mikayla Bacon chipped in seven. Kendrick Frary and Arael Scott added six points each. For Parishville-Hopkinton Nicole White led the way with eight points, Miranda Collins added six. Kodi Perkins and Kathryn Shannon chipped in five points apiece. The Panthers closed their season at 4-12 overall.