The top three seeds in Class A-2 all bid farewell to their hopes of a Section VI championship on Thursday as No. 1 Pioneer, No. 2 Springville and No. 3 Depew all lost in the quarterfinals at home.
No. 8 Williamsville South never trailed in the second half against Pioneer, but the Panthers cut the lead to two (44-42) with five minutes left. Kate Ostroot of South refused to let the lead slip away as she scored 13 of her 17 in the second half in the 57-52 win. Colleen Hartnett added 13 points with five assists. Pioneer's Joelle Connelly, slowed by an ankle sprain, scored 15 points, playing just the second half.
Toni Caruso banked in a shot at the buzzer as No. 7 Maryvale stunned Springville, 60-58. Springville tied the game, 58-58, when Jessica Domes hit an NBA three with nine seconds left. Caruso then took a pass off the dribble from Samantha Thompson and banked it home. "There was a little debate, but the two refs were adamant that the shot got off before the buzzer," said Maryvale coach Dean Ramirez. It's the first time in seven years Maryvale has reached the semifinals. Kim Gabor had a career-high 20 points and Thompson added 15.
No. 6 Olean had four players in double figures as they erased a five-point fourth-quarter lead to beat host Depew, 51-42. Brandy Wangelin and Sarah Wolcott had 12 each for the Huskies. Jordan Schrimmel led Depew with 17 points.
Lisa Skrypnik scored 14 of Albion's 19 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 4 seed pulled away, 57-44, over Starpoint. Skrypnik finished with 25 points. Amanda Boron's 12 led Starpoint (13-9).
Class AA: Top-seeded and once-beaten Jamestown survived a scare, beating visiting Lockport, 55-49. Nikki Frederickson (16 points) and Yvette Hunter (10) led the way for the Red Raiders. Bridgette Burke had 15 points for the Lady Lions, who cut a 15-point deficit to two in the final two minutes.
Melissa Markut had 13 points and six rebounds as Lancaster defeated Frontier, 46-26. Barbara Kiliszek added nine points with seven assists and seven rebounds and Kathryn Boughton's defense helped hold the Falcons to 11 points in the second half.
After learning the hard way it couldn't press Orchard Park, Kenmore West made the necessary adjustments and won, 56-50. Orchard Park built a 27-20 halftime lead against West, which came out in a full-court press and fell back into a zone. Mary Kate Comfort of OP scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half.
West went to a man defense and outscored OP, 21-12 in the fourth. Holly Przybysz had 21 points and Kayleen Cahill had 10 points and 10 steals for the Blue Devils.
Destiny Harrison had 26 points as Niagara Falls overpowered Clarence, 76-51.
Class A-1: Sharea Alsqqaf had 25 points and Jackee Thompson added 19 as Bennett rolled, 62-35, over West Seneca East. Alexis Gray had 24 points for the Trojans (6-16). . . . Megan Lankes and Kaitlin Roseti had 13 points each as Williamsville East advanced, 78-35, over Sweet Home. . . . Courtney Donovan had 10 blocks as Grand Island eliminated Hamburg, 40-27. . . . Kenmore East's Joelle Pollak scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs went on a 19-6 run and beat Hutch-Tech, 69-42.
Class B-1: Sarah Soroka's 22 points and 14 rebounds helped No. 1 seed East Aurora oust Medina, 44-30. . . . Molly Krauza led Fredonia with 13 points in a 49-30 decision over East.
Class B-2: Katie Landy (16 rebounds and 21 points) and Jenn Thorpe (13 boards, 16 points) helped Southwestern beat Falconer, 57-41. It was the final game in the coaching career of Falconer's Kathy Landers. . . . Jessica Nelson had 12 points as Allegany-Limestone went on a 16-2 run in the fourth quarter to wrap up a 45-27 victory over Wilson. . . . City Honors crushed Cleveland Hill, 50-19, as Cierra Young led all scorers with 13 points. . . . Tara Schiltz had 14 points and 20 boards as Holland dropped Roy-Hart, 43-29.
Class C: Julie Chiarot scored 21 points as Maple Grove eliminated No. 1 seed Cassadaga Valley, 60-47. CV junior Kari Barmore had 24 points to reach 1,014 in her career. . . . Amanda Hilbert had 17 points in Pine Valley's 56-44 win over Panama.