Grover girls grab win from jaws of defeat
Grover Cleveland turned what seemed to be certain defeat into victory Wednesday afternoon.
The Presidents rallied from a five-point deficit in the final nine seconds to earn a 46-45 Canisius Cup win at Buffalo Arts in a girls basketball game. Janiece Dunn ignited the improbable rally with a three-pointer that cut the deficit to two. Shay Henderson then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled while draining the tying basket with two seconds left. She hit the free throw to complete the traditional three-point play and comeback. Arts didn't get off a final shot. Henderson scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the second half.
Also in the Canisius Cup, Lafayette's Alanna Laguerre scored 12 of her 16 points during the Violets' 21-7 third quarter in a 46-27 win over visiting City Honors. Jasmine Gainey had six assists to go along with 14 points for Lafayette, which led at halftime, 17-15. "We just caught on fire shooting from the floor [in the second half] and we had some good fast breaks, great passing," said Lafayette coach John Augustine of the third-quarter offensive outburst.
South Park turned to man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter and outscored East, 16-7, in the period in a 42-38 triumph. Ashley Grimes led the winners with 14 points and Latisha Laguerre nailed a pair of free throws with four seconds left to seal the deal. . . . Bennett grabbed 51 rebounds as a team, led by Jasmine Ball's 20 boards, in a 55-41 win over Hutch-Tech.
Nichols girls rebound for MMA win
Nichols (9-2, 5-2) rebounded from Monday's tough loss to unbeaten Sacred Heart thanks to its 1-2 punch of Kaitlin Donahoe (19 points, seven assists, three steals) and Meghan Dougherty. The duo combined for 35 points, 14 assists and six steals to help the Vikings bounce Holy Angels, 65-43, in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Elsewhere, Amy Simon's free throw with seven seconds left made a winner out of Amherst as the Tigers beat host Lake Shore, 37-36, in ECIC II. . . . Joelle Connelly's monster first half enabled host Pioneer to coast to a 73-40 triumph over visiting Starpoint in an ECIC III clash. Connelly (19 rebounds) scored 21 of her game-high 29 points in the first half to help Pioneer to a cozy 41-16 halftime lead.
East has a wonderful time on court
East played what coach Starling Bryant called a "wonderful game" in earning a Yale Cup boys basketball win over visiting South Park, 75-47, to remain perfect in league play. Jamal Webb had a fine all-around performance that almost produced a rare quadruple double for the Panthers (8-1, 3-0). He finished with 19 points, 12 assists, eight steals and eight rebounds as East never trailed.
Jon Marsh's 26 points and eight assists helped Bennett win for the first time, 74-59, over Hutch-Tech. . . . Mark Vanoy recorded a triple-double (12 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocks) during Seneca's 53-33 win at Burgard. . . . Double-double efforts by Victor Royal (12 assists, 10 points) and Jamal Garner (10 rebounds, 10 points) carried Lafayette to a win at City Honors, 64-59.
Junior Nic Stella is ranked fourth in the state at 140 pounds and showed why Wednesday. The Sweet Home junior needed a mere 30 seconds to win via pinfall to improve to 18-0 during the Panthers' 35-24 ECIC wrestling win over Frontier.
Elsewhere, the lightweights carried Depew to a slim 33-32 triumph over Tonawanda in ECIC III. Ryan Baer won at 103 pounds, while Devin Kramer won at 112 to seal the win for the Wildcats. . . . Iroquois earned a milestone in its 35-24 win over Williamsville East. The triumph was the wrestling program's 600th in a dual meet.
Dan Melidona rolled a school-record 753 set in Hamburg's 6-1 win over Williamsville East in ECIC II boys bowling.