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Niagara Falls girls drop Lockport

It didn't matter what defense Lockport threw at Destiny Harrison on Friday night, she was ready for them all. The senior guard poured in a career-high 45 points on 11 of 24 shooting as visiting Niagara Falls handed the Lady Lions their first loss in the Niagara Frontier League, 59-45.

Harrison scored most of her points on pull-up shots in the lane. She also dished off to her teammates when Lockport tried to double-team her. Niagara Falls had its share of problems trying to stop Bridgette Burke, who finished with 31 points.

While Harrison carried the offense, Desziray Hall grabbed 19 rebounds while adding 12 points. "We're not known for our defense, but that was the best defensive effort I've ever seen," Falls coach Martha Amoretti said. "Our first matchup was close. They beat us on the fast break. [This game] we cut down on their fast-break points."

Double-doubles by Stacey Gibbins (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Katie Gibbins (10 points, 10 rebounds) helped host Eden surprise Lackawanna, 47-26, in ECIC IV. . . . Meghan Phipps made three free throws in the final 23 seconds to help Roy-Hart hand Albion its first Niagara-Orleans League loss, 50-48. . . . Senior Caitlin Kubera of Mount Mercy was treated and released from Children's Hospital Thursday night after suffering a mild concussion against Holy Angels.


Boys basketball

Williamsville North withstood 11 three-pointers from Dominique Kendrick and knocked Jamestown out of first place in ECIC I, 76-65.

Kendrick, coming off a school record eight three-pointers Tuesday against Orchard Park, finished with 39 points. He was 11 of 19 from behind the three-point line and had 21 of his points in the fourth quarter.

"He made it close almost singled-handedly," said North coach Chuck Swierski, "and he doesn't need a whole lot of room to get those shots off either."

North had four players in double figures including junior John Piaggione (19) and sophomore Steve Barth (14), who had career highs.

North will complete its suspended game with Orchard Park at 12:30 today at North. Last week's game was suspended with 1:49 left in the third quarter tied, 35-35, when two OP players collided and had to be taken to the hospital.

Elsewhere, with its leading scorer on the bench in foul trouble, Kenmore East looked to its defense and Kevin Whitehead to pull out a win. Both delivered as the Bulldogs beat rival Kenmore West, 46-45, in a Niagara Frontier League game played in a packed gym at East.

Six-foot-3 slasher-type Darryl King had two fouls in the first quarter and picked up his third the instant he returned in the second quarter. Whitehead responded by scoring 16 of his 18 points in the first half against West's packed in zone. East led, 30-24, at the break, but West kept it close throughout the second half.

With 4:18 left in the game, King hit what would be the final points either team would score on a little jumper from the elbow. Trailing by one point with 9 seconds left in the game, West got two good looks -- a three-pointer and a 10-footer off the long rebound -- but didn't score.
Joe Mogavero led West with 16 points.

Ethan Baker's three-pointer with five seconds left forced overtime for Wilson, and the Lakemen quickly took control to hand visiting Newfane its first Niagara-Orleans League loss, 64-58. Doug Edwards (16 points) scored the first two baskets of OT for Wilson and the Lakemen never trailed. Baker finished with 20 points. . . . Chris Rajczak had a couple steals and notched seven of his 13 points in overtime as Grand Island beat North Tonawanda in the Niagara Frontier League. Greg Feathers had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Vikings. . . . Wyatt Mariacher's long two-pointer with 4.2 seconds left gave Iroquois a 42-41 ECIC II win at Lake Shore. . . . Frank Pieri was 14 of 15 from the floor to finish with 29 points as Williamsville South avenged its only league loss, 78-56, over host Hamburg in ECIC II. Adrian Wood added 23 points. . . . Mansa Habeeb had 20 points while Tamere Shannon had 14 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for McKinley, which hit all seven of its three-pointers in building a 44-23 halftime lead before holding off Lafayette, 76-72. . . . Maryvale made the most of its fourth quarter as it came back to win at crosstown rival Cheektowaga, 61-51. Matt Brennan scored eight of his 20 points in the final quarter while sophomore Brooks Estarfaa (17 points, four assists) went 8 of 9 at the foul line in the fourth, which began with Cheektowaga up, 41-38.

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