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Gray makes McKinley's stay brief

It was a Gray day for sixth-seeded McKinley Tuesday.

Alexis Gray's career-high 48 points and 15 rebounds overwhelmed the Macks and allowed No. 11 West Seneca East to advance in the Section VI girls basketball tournament with a 60-58 overtime win in a Class A-1 pre-quarterfinal game.

Gray scored eight of the Trojans' 10 points in overtime, including two free throws with six seconds left to break a 58-58 tie. She then blocked a shot at the end to preserve the win. "She was very dominant down low," WSE coach Mark Piwko said. "This was Alexis' most complete game at both ends of the floor."

Gray, a 6-foot-2 junior, is averaging 28 points per game and her previous career high was 44. She did her scoring inside and at the line. WSE (6-15) next faces another Canisius Cup member, No. 3 Bennett, in Thursday's quarterfinals.

Shakeena Cunningham's 29 points, seven assists and four steals led McKinley (10-11).

Elsewhere in Class A-1, a 16-0 fourth-quarter run by Sweet Home enabled the ninth seed to beat No. 8 Iroquois, 49-44. The Panthers (4-16) mixed it up with man-to-man, zone and pressing defenses to earn a quarterfinal date with top seed Williamsville East (17-3). Kiaya Burks scored four of her team-high 12 points during the burst, while Whitney Johnson scored five of her 11 points and grabbed four of her 10 rebounds during the final eight minutes.

Brianna Lee scored five of her 15 points in the third quarter to lift No. 7 Hutch-Tech past 10th-seeded Lake Shore, 46-38.

Class AA: No. 8 Lockport grabbed 13 offensive rebounds in the first half and played solid defense throughout in a 30-20 win over No. 9 Williamsville North. Bridgette Burke scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Lions, who led, 23-8, at the half. . . . Stephanie Turner scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter to help fifth-seeded Clarence overcome a 16-15 deficit and beat No. 12 West Seneca West, 49-34. . . . Lauren Shermet had 15 points as No. 7 Frontier defeated No. 10 Niagara-Wheatfield, 54-50. Kyrstin Lekki (26 points) drained five three-pointers for N-W. . . . Mary Kate Comfort scored 19 points in No. 6 Orchard Park's 49-38 win over No. 11 North Tonawanda.

Class A-2: Samantha Thompson recorded 15 points, seven rebounds and five steals as seventh-seeded Maryvale beat town rival Cheektowaga, 51-41. . . . Katie Ostroot notched 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists as No. 8 Williamsville South advanced with a 62-53 win over No. 9 Amherst. . . . Freshman Andi Ridge's 17 points and career-high 10 boards carried No. 5 Starpoint past No. 12 Tonawanda, 64-30. . . . No. 6 Olean beat No. 11 Lew-Port, 59-30, as Michelle Spears had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Class B-1: Casey Flynn's 10 points and 10 rebounds led No. 8 Medina past No. 9 Dunkirk, 50-43.

Class B-2: Merissa Ciesielski's 10 points carried No. 9 Cleveland Hill past No. 8 JFK, 44-41.

Class C: No. 9 Maple Grove's 15-3 fourth quarter overwhelmed eighth-seeded Westfield, 37-32, as Julie Chiarot scored seven of her game-high 18 points in the frame. . . . Taylor Lubi poured in 33 points as No. 12 Panama eliminated No. 5 Frewsburg, 61-57. . . . Samantha Kopp's 23 points and 23 rebounds highlighted No. 2 Franklinville's 58-36 win over No. 15 Cattaraugus/Little Valley.


Boys basketball

Monsignor Martin: Senior Ian Walton poured in 37 points and now has 1,012 for his career after leading Nichols past host Niagara Catholic, 78-74. . . . Devon Dawson (25 points) made all 11 of his field goal tries, and recorded six assists, five steals and five rebounds for St. Joe's in an 81-46 rout of St. Mary's of Lancaster. . . . Rob Hess and Steve Bryant each scored 18 points as Bishop Timon-St. Jude beat O'Hara, 68-63.

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