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Sacred Heart captures a close one from Nardin

Sacred Heart (19-2, 6-0) moved one step closer to capturing the regular-season title in the Monsignor Martin Association girls North Division with a difficult 42-40 victory over Nardin on Monday night before a big crowd at Canisius High.

Elyse Monte scored eight of the Sharks' 12 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning free throws.

Nardin led, 36-32, with about four minutes to play but the game was tied at 40 with 18 seconds to play. Monte made one of two free throws, and, after a steal, she was fouled and made another for the two-point final margin. Nardin missed a last-second shot from halfcourt.

"We had a million kids there and it was just great [atmosphere]. It was terrific," said Sacred Heart coach Sister Maria Pares, who received strong performances from others besides Monte.

"Liz Subjeck did a great job in the second half and Katie Keller was all over the place, stealing the ball, getting on the floor. She's tiny but she even got a block."

Nardin's Kendra Brim was high scorer with 19 points.

Canisius Cup: With three league losses, defending champion McKinley appears to be out of the race for the Buffalo Public Schools girls regular-season title. That doesn't mean the Macks can't be spoilers, however.

McKinley outscored City Honors, 19-11, in the second quarter and went on to a 61-54 upset of the Centaurs, who had been unbeaten in Cup play. Shakeena Cunningham had 30 points to lead McKinley while Jessica Washington had 15 rebounds and led the defense with seven steals. April Villacrusis had 16 points to pace Honors.

"Huge win for us," McKinley coach Mike Sorrentino said. "We're not in the running but we have a quality team. We're young and we're improving as we go along and that's all we could ask. We have five sophomores who play and they are all growing together."

Elsewhere, Melvina Taylor's basket with 20 seconds left gave Riverside its first league victory, 43-42, over Emerson. . . . Kimberly Vega's 19 points led da Vinci to its third league victory, 52-26, over Grover Cleveland.

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YALE CUP: Charlie Brown's three-pointer in the last two minutes helped Burgard hold off Lafayette, 75-69. Brown led the Bulldogs with 27 points while Jamal Garner had 25 for Lafayette. . . . Riverside, now in a first-place tie with idle Grover Cleveland, got 16 points and 16 rebounds by Mike Williams and 16 points from Paris Stevens in an 85-58 romp over Emerson. . . . McKinley (7-1) broke away from a halftime tie and went on to a 69-49 victory over City Honors as Rob Hicks led the way with 25 points while Tamere Shannon had 14 boards. . . . Bobby Boyd scored 28 and Kevin Burns had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Bennett won its second in league play, 98-81, over Buffalo Arts. Tom Lee of Arts led all scorers with 38 points. . . . Hutch-Tech outscored East, 26-6, in the third quarter and went on to a 77-59 victory. Julius Bryant (22 points, 19 rebounds) and Chazmen Hooker (21 points) led the Engineers. Matt Green had 19 for East. . . . South Park limited Seneca to 15 points in the second half on the way to a 76-42 victory. Jeff Worthy had 18 points for the Sparks.

ECIC I: Rob Gronkowski scored 31 points to lead the attack as Williamsville North (8-3) took over second place with a 60-56 victory over Sweet Home (7-4). Earl Jackson had 19 points to lead the Panthers.

MONSIGNOR MARTIN: Jimmy Kane had 28 points and 15 rebounds as Bishop Timon-St. Jude won its first league game, 76-43, over Cardinal O'Hara.

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