Ever since Pioneer beat Williamsville East on East's home floor Jan. 24, the Flames couldn't wait for their bus trip to Yorkshire. On Tuesday night, No. 5 large school East returned the favor by handing No. 4 Pioneer its first league loss, 59-49. The girls basketball teams are tied for the league lead in ECIC II at 9-1.
"I think losing to them two weeks ago was kind of a rallying cry, not really a wake-up call. We felt we could compete with them," said East coach Chris Durr. "This was basically for the division title. The kids went into a tough atmosphere and played their best game of the year by far."
Kaitlin Roseti had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Alanna DeVaughn added 13 points for East. The Panthers were paced by Joelle Connelly's 18.
Iroquois has been looking up at Hamburg all season in the ECIC II standings, but on this night they would beat the Bulldogs, 52-47.
"This was a huge game for us. Hamburg is the big time," said Iroquois coach Rich Violante. "We're just a tiny school, but the girls really fought hard out there tonight."
Lindsay Henry had 15 points for the Chiefs (6-5) while freshman Ashley Platek added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Leading by three points late, Iroquois' Grace Cunningham (10 points) made two free throws to help decide it. Kate Medina scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half for the Bulldogs (6-4).
Niagara Frontier League: Joelle Pollak knows how to make the most out of her minutes. The Kenmore East eighth-grader came off the bench to score 14 points in a 40-28 win over rival Kenmore West. Pollak was coming off a team-leading 18 points in East's win over Niagara Falls on Friday.
"Teams have been concentrating on other people and she's taking advantage of her opportunity," said coach Jack Blanch. Kacie Mills scored six of her eight points in a 16-7 fourth quarter for East. The Bulldogs are the league leaders at 9-2.
Desziray Hall had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Destiny Harrison handed out 10 assists as Niagara Falls turned back Lockport, 57-44. Bridgette Burke had 20 points for the Lady Lions, who cut the lead to eight points in the fourth quarter. . . . Courtney Donovan had 23 points and Ashleigh Frieday 19 as Grand Island downed Lew-Port, 57-31. . . . Kyrstin Lekki had 18 points for Niagara-Wheatfield in a 42-37 win over North Tonawanda.
ECIC III: Jessica Domes tied her career-high with 37 points, including six three-pointers, as Springville won at Starpoint, 71-69, in overtime. Jessica Krzemien made two free throws with 4 seconds in OT to win it. Marybeth Nugent had a three to force the game into OT. Chloe Emerling had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the league-leading Griffins (9-2), who take a half-game lead over idle Depew.
ECIC I: Chantae Miller netted a school-record 35 points, turning many of her 11 steals into layups, as Williamsville North beat West Seneca West, 62-37.
Mary Kate Comfort (21 points) and Mandy Sahhar combined to score 41 as Orchard Park downed Frontier, 67-49.
Stephanie Turner had 16 points and Katie Lancelotti grabbed eight rebounds as Clarence downed Lancaster, 46-35.
Niagara-Orleans League: Lisa Skrypnik had 18 points as Albion moved to 11-0 with a 51-31 win over Medina.
CCIAC II: Kari Barmore had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as Cassadaga Valley moved to 11-0 in the league with a 59-37 win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley.
Niagara Frontier League: Dan Gadawski scored a layup with 8 seconds left as Grand Island edged Lew-Port, 51-50. The Vikings got the ball back with 40 seconds left, ran a little offense and Gadawski drove the lane to the right side and scored. Gadawski finished with 18 points and Chris Rajczak added 17 for the Vikings. Vince Ceratto of Lew-Port led all scorers with 22 points.
Anthony Johnson scored on three strong drives to the basket in the fourth quarter as Kenmore East downed rival Kenmore West, 51-43. Rob Macklin had 10 points and nine rebounds for East. Joe Mogavero led West with 15 points.
"Johnson's drives, Macklin's rebounds and (Eric) Buggs' clutch [free throws] gave us the edge we needed," said East coach Jay Robbins.
Niagara-Orleans League: Newfane and Medina each picked up wins to remain tied for the league lead at 10-1. Rob Linhart had 13 points for Newfane in a 61-49 win over Roy-Hart. Meanwhile, Kevin Dukes had 21 points and Casey Tuohey 19 in Medina's 69-50 win over Albion.
Caleb Canfield hit a three-pointer with three seconds left as Wilson scored the last eight points of the game to edge Akron, 37-34. Kyle Seabert of the Lakemen hit a three with 1:06 left to tie it.
ECIC III: Cheektowaga, which had a 1-20 record two years ago, earned its 10th win of the season by beating Depew, 65-54. Mike Maloney had back-to-back layups to start an 8-0 Cheektowaga run in the fourth quarter. Chris Huggins-Weaver led the Warriors with 18 points.
ECIC Interdivision: Jordan Blair had 12 points, five steals and seven rebounds as Orchard Park beat Southtowns rival Hamburg, 64-45.
Monsignor Martin Association: St. Joe's outscored St. Francis, 47-17, in the second half on its way to a 78-44 win, its 17th in row. All five starters were in double figures for St. Joe's, led by Devon Dawson (15 points and 12 rebounds). John Greer added 14 points and five assists.
Dave Viola had 14 points as Niagara Catholic won its sixth in a row, 61-43 over St. Mary's of Lancaster.
Ian Walton scored 32 points as Nichols blew out Timon-St. Jude, 77-63. Javon Slaughter had 15 points for Nichols (11-7, 3-3), which had a 47-20 halftime lead.
CCIAC I: Kevin Manzella hit two free throws with a minute left to break a 38-38 tie and Pat Mahany added a pair with two seconds left as Fredonia upended No. 6 small school Falconer, 42-38.
CCIAC II: Joonie Williams had 18 points and Jon Williams had five assists as Silver Creek outlasted Salamanca, 53-48.
Nonleague: Mike Ridge had a career-high 31 points as Starpoint beat Cardinal O'Hara, 67-64.
The oldest swimming record on the books has fallen at Clarence. Senior Travis Martinez went 4:48.55 to break the 500 freestyle record of 4:49.56 held by Allen Kitto since 1979. Martinez's swim highlighted the Red Devils' 26-20 win over Amherst. . . . Krista Pundt shot a 99 with five centers to set the ECIC season high in the kneeling position as the Clarence rifle team moved to 13-0 with a 1,362-1,242 win over Iroquois. The Red Devils' Ryan Young was the top shooter scoring 278 with 10 centers . . . Sunday's All-Catholic wrestling championships at St. Francis starts at 9 a.m. The time was incorrect in some of Tuesday's editions.