Sacred Heart rallies to remain perfect
Natalie Coppola (16 points) drained half of her four three-pointers in the third quarter, while teammate Katie Keller (13 points, six steals) sank two of her three in the period as well to help Sacred Heart remain perfect this girls basketball season. The Sharks rallied for a 58-50 win over host Nichols on Monday night in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Sacred Heart (10-0, 2-0), which shot just 17 percent in the first half, did a better job of working to create open shots from the outside during the second half, shooting 57 percent. The hot shooting resulted in a 23-10 third quarter that enabled the Sharks to overcome a 24-19 halftime deficit.
Nichols (8-2) did a good job getting the ball inside during the first half to Moriah Camp, who scored 10 of her 14 points in helping the Vikings take the lead. But Sacred Heart tweaked its full-court press to take away the middle and did a better job of denying the ball to Camp, Sharks assistant coach Debbie Laux said.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Courtney Donovan had a game-high 24 points for Grand Island, which used a 12-5 fourth quarter to rally for a 42-38 win over host Kenmore West, a Section VI Class AA semifinalist last year.
In the Canisius Cup, Emerson erased a one-point halftime deficit with an 18-2 third quarter during a 51-38 win over host Grover Cleveland. Markita Quarles (10 boards) scored seven of her game-high 21 points during the third-quarter burst, while Lania Burnett (eight rebounds) had five of her 13 points during the rally. . . . City Honors won for the first time, beating Riverside, 42-34, behind Sarah Bellnier's 11 points.
McKinley opens Yale Cup play with win
Mansa Habeeb scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second and third quarters, including eight during McKinley's decisive second-quarter run which enabled the Macks to win their Yale Cup opener, 74-58, at Burgard.
After a 14-14 first quarter, McKinley (5-2, 1-0) increased the pressure a bit to force eight turnovers resulting in some easy baskets during a 20-10 second quarter. Habeeb canned two of his three treys during the stanza. William Robinson dished out eight assists to go along with 14 points for the Macks, while Chandler Williams added a double-double (11 rebounds, 10 points).
Also in the Yale Cup, Riverside used strong rebounding in the second half to overcome visiting City Honors, 62-54, and post its 32nd consecutive league triumph. After grabbing only five defensive rebounds in the first half, the Frontiers got their hands on 20 in the second half with Ajay Hopson (14 points) grabbing eight of his 10 boards in the final 16 minutes. Freshman Justin Stokes added 17 points and 10 boards for Riverside. . . . Hutch-Tech rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat host Buffalo Arts, 59-56. Julius Bryant had a solid all-around game with 16 points, 13 boards and eight assists. . . . Daniel Mostiller scored eight of his 22 points during a 21-9 second quarter for South Park in a 67-60 win over Lafayette.
Orchard Park's pressure defense forced 28 turnovers during its 57-47 ECIC Interdivision win at East Aurora. Andy Buyea had 14 points for OP, while Jim Brewer (13 points) nailed three treys. . . . Dyrell Dolson's 22 points and 10 rebounds carried Niagara Catholic to a 75-62 nonleague win at Cheektowaga.
Adrean Copeland (two goals) scored the game winner off a Matt Kielich rebound with 17 seconds left during Orchard Park's 5-4 win over Frontier in Federation hockey. Marc Zoyhofski scored all of Frontier's goals. . . . Ally Harvey set a school record with a career-high 279 game during Frontier's 6-1 win over Orchard Park in girls ECIC I bowling.
*Lancaster will host a Wrestling Alumni Night on Wednesday in its match against Jamestown at 6 p.m. Before the match alumni will present coach Dennis Beck with a commemorative plaque recognizing him as the winningest coach in Western New York history.