What's the best way to prepare for a week of challenges in the Monsignor Martin Association? Play a traditional girls' basketball contender from Rochester.
That's what Buffalo News No. 2 large school Sacred Heart did Saturday, and the Sharks prepped for two upcoming challenges with a 46-39 nonleague triumph over Section V's Nazareth (8-7).
Katie Keller scored 12 of her game-high 15 points during Sacred Heart's 23-4 third quarter. She also made two of her six steals during the burst, both of which led to Natalie Coppola layups to help the Sharks overcome a 21-19 halftime deficit.
Sharks 6-foot junior Krystal Watson did a good job of denying Nazareth big girl Nicole Jones the ball in the second half after the 6-2 Jones scored nine of her 11 points before halftime.
Sacred Heart (13-0) has a test Monday night at St. Joe's when it plays Holy Angels at 8. The Sharks have an even stiffer challenge Wednesday night when they face third-ranked Nardin at 6 at Canisius High School. SH won earlier nonleague meetings against both schools in December, the Sharks routing Holy Angels at the Fredonia Tournament. SH edged Nardin, 44-41, in the final of the Al and Rose Pastor Tournament. Sacred Heart has won the last five meetings with the Gators, including last season's MMA final.
Moriah Camp (16 points) and Stephanie Hynes (eight points) each scored six points during a 22-12 fourth quarter that enabled Nichols (12-3) to earn a 62-52 win at Franklinville. Samantha Kopp had a triple-double (24 boards, 22 points and 10 blocks) for Franklinville (12-3).
Mariacher wins, again
Iroquois' Matt Mariacher won his fifth career Sweet Home Tournament wrestling title, capturing the 130-pound division. His previous titles came at 119 (two), 103 and 96.
Sweet Home's Nic Stella improved to 28-0 on the season in winning the 140-pound class. East Aurora's Nick Czapia won at 152 at the 19-team event won by Section V power Wayne.
Eden won its second team tournament of the season by posting a 3-0 mark at the Gowanda/Southtowns Wrestling Duals. The Raiders beat Lake Shore for the title, 37-31. Justin Cerne secured the win at 189 pounds by claiming a 6-3 decision against Alex Abramo. Eden, which won the Starpoint Team Tournament in December, is 13-1.
Kenmore West's seven third-place finishes provided the points needed to edge Holley of Section V, 201-199 1/2 , for the team title at the Depew Wildcats Invitational. KW also had two champions (Josh Tornabene and Ellis Williams) and three runners-up, while Holley captured two titles, four second places, three thirds and three fourth-place slots. Alden 125-pounder Jared Lemke earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.
Geary nets milestone
Ryan Geary's 40th career goal proved to be quite the biggie.
The goal not only enabled him to become Williamsville North's all-time points leader in hockey but more importantly proved to be the game-winner for the Spartans in a 2-1 Western New York Federation triumph over village rival Williamsville East. Geary now has 84 points, passing former Spartan and current Canisius College player Vincent Amigone -- who had 53 goals and 30 assists for 83 points during his scholastic career that ended in 2004.
"I respect what Vince Amigone has done for Williamsville North hockey," Geary said. "It's just a great honor for me to take over the points lead from him, but I think we just need to focus more on the season [and winning] than anything else."
Also in the Fed, T.J. Brown's pair of goals enabled Lancaster to stay in first place in Division I, one-point ahead of North, with a 4-2 win over Williamsville South.
Elsewhere, Kenmore East won the Geneseo Tournament with a 5-3 triumph over Geneseo/Livonia of Section V. Matt Bly's second goal of the game broke a 3-3 tie in the second period. Brett Rogers scored his third goal in two games to earn MVP honors.
Frontier's Rob Golabek (shot put) and Lancaster's Scot Pezdek (shot put and weight throw) both hit state qualifying meet standards in a Section VI Indoor Track League B/C Division meet in Lancaster. By hitting the state standards, all they have to do is finish in the top three in their events in the Section VI/State Qualifier to advance to states.
In boys basketball, East Aurora earned a 54-45 nonleague win over Riverside as David Barnett scored 18 points and grabbed 14 boards in the win. . . . William Robinson's 25 points, eight assists and seven steals helped McKinley beat Yale-Cup friend Seneca, 66-49.