Sacred Heart and Nardin, here we go again.
Both girls basketball teams won their Monsignor Martin Association semifinal games Sunday at Villa Maria, setting up a fourth meeting between the schools in the championship game.
The teams will meet for the league title at 7 p.m. Sunday at Canisius College. Sacred Heart has won the three previous meetings by a combined eight points.
Elyse Monte collected 16 points and five steals, while Liz Subjeck had eight points and nine rebounds as No. 1 large school Sacred Heart (22-2) used a 15-5 first quarter to overwhelm Holy Angels, 44-22. Neddie King had five steals and Katie Keller (nine points) played standout defense.
Nardin (19-5) jumped to a 14-0 lead and kept a double-digit advantage most of the rest of the way during a 52-41 victory over Nichols. The Gators were led by Caroline Hourihan (13 points, five assists) and Sarah Sciarrino (13 points, nine rebounds).
"Obviously, both teams have been preparing for this game since before Thanksgiving," said Nardin coach Jake Herlihy. "We've had three very close games and they've come out on top. If we shoot well, we'll do fine."
Dyrell Dolson had 24 points and 11 rebounds as Niagara Catholic used a 27-18 fourth quarter to gain a 60-46 win that ended the season for Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Eric Spanauer had eight points and 10 rebounds to help Niagara Catholic to a 34-17 rebounding advantage. Jeremiah Jones scored 15 points. Timon was led by Jim Kane (18 points) and Steve Bryant (15 points on five three-pointers).
Pat Brady hit three of his five three-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Canisius knock out Nichols, 63-49. Brady finished with 19 points while Joe Coppola had 17 for the Crusaders, who will face St. Francis in the semifinals. Javon Slaughter had 20 points for Nichols, which played without 1,000-point scorer Ian Walton.
Six goal scorers provided the offense while Max Besch made 22 saves as St. Francis blitzed the National Sports Academy, 6-2, in the championship game of the Midwest Prep Hockey League. Scoring for the Red Raiders were Chris Barrea, Ed Dwyer, Vinny Scarsella, Ryan Mackey, David Koch and Eric Bailen.
The final Section VI girls semifinals will be held at Williamsville East as the section's largest schools battle in a pair of Niagara Frontier League-ECIC I showdowns. Kenmore West (16-5) faces Lancaster (17-4) at 6 p.m. followed by top-seeded Jamestown (20-1) meeting Niagara Falls (12-8) at 8.
Championship week for the boys begins with a tripleheader at Buffalo State. A Class B-2 game between City Honors and Gowanda at 5:45 p.m. is followed by the B-1 semifinals. East, coming off a win at Newfane, will try to knock off its second straight Niagara-Orleans front-runner when it plays Medina at 7:15. Rivals Lackawanna and East Aurora, ranked 1-2 in the small school poll most of the season, meet at 8:45.