Ken East runs to victory
Kenmore East, the No. 9 large school in The Buffalo News girls basketball poll, fell behind No. 6 Grand Island in the first quarter before going on a 23-2 second-quarter run that led to a 58-40 victory. The outcome left each team with a 5-3 league record and tied for second place in the Niagara Frontier League.
"This was a big game for us," said Bulldogs coach Jack Blanch. "We lost to them in the first game of the year in overtime so this avenged that loss."
Freshman Joelle Pollak had seven of her team-high 16 points in the big run. Kacie Mills scored 7 of her 13 and Meaghan Freund got four of her 11. Grand Island's Courtney Donovan led all scorers with 24.
DePane breaks record
Diana DePane drained four three-pointers to break her own school record for treys in a season during No. 1 Jamestown's 90-30 rout of ECIC I girls basketball visitor Frontier. The senior now has 40 three-pointers, eclipsing the mark she set last year by one, as she finished with 16 points.
Elsewhere, Joelle Connelly, the 6-foot-3 center for Pioneer, grabbed 15 rebounds, made seven blocks and scored 30 points to lead No. 4 Pioneer to a 73-43 win over Depew and remain unbeaten (8-0) in ECIC III.
Three Williamsville North eighth-graders combined for 44 points as the trio -- Allie Ahern (19), Corrin Genovese (16) and Jen Piaggione (nine) -- led the way to a 55-50 win over Clarence in ECIC I. Williamsville North trailed by one point after three quarters before a 19-13 final-period run in which Ahern scored seven points and Genovese got six.
Liz Schappert and Katie Medina scored 10 points each as Hamburg improved to 9-1 in ECIC II with a 47-20 win over Williamsville South.
Julie Harmon scored a team-high 11 points and North Tonawanda made 13 of 19 free throws to beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 46-38, as each team moved to 3-5 in the NFL. . . . Akron chipped into Albion's big lead in the final minutes, but could not get closer than 53-43. Chelsea Bokman, Casey Button (both of Albion) and Amanda Abrams (Akron) scored 14 points each as Albion improved to 6-1 in the NFL.
Emily Bird made three three-pointers en route to a 28-point performance that accounted for half her team's scoring in Niagara Catholic's 56-46 victory over Mount Mercy in the Monsignor Martin Association.
Amanda Boron had 16 rebounds and eight assists to go with her six points as Starpoint improved to 7-2 in ECIC III with a 48-26 win over Tonawanda.
Lackawanna improved to 8-2 in ECIC IV with a 50-41 win over Holland behind Kayla Golden's 19 points.
Cassadaga Valley (12-2), the No. 7 small school, avenged its only two defeats of the season by using defense to beat old friend Southwestern, 45-32, in a nonleague game. Kari Barmore (21 points, 15 boards and five steals) had a fine game for CV, which limited the visitors to 15 points through three quarters.
Justine Smith scored eight of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and No. 5 small school Immaculata rallied from a 35-34 deficit to beat Springville, 57-50 in a nonleague game. Smith, a 6-2 senior, also grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots as Immaculata avenged an earlier 47-30 loss at Springville.
Briandi scores winner
Frank Briandi's second goal of the game was the game winner as Kenmore East beat V-Victor in overtime, 5-4, at the Geneseo Hockey Tournament. In the same tournament, Sean Smith made 41 saves as Amherst (2-12-3) beat V-Geneseo, 2-1.
NT bowlers win titles
North Tonawanda is the individual bowling capital of the Niagara Frontier League. Stephanie Thompson and Eric Conlan of NT won the girls and boys league titles Friday at the annual NFL Individual Championship Tournament held at Parkside Lanes in NT.
Thompson rolled a high game of 238 en route to a 683 triple. Conlan had a 706 three-game set on the boys side. The highest game of the day belonged to Kenmore West's Ron Ricketts, who rolled a 290. He and Lewiston-Porter's Ryan Plante teamed to capture the boys doubles' crown with 1,361 pinfall.