>Saba paces Lancaster over rival Depew
Sarah Saba has been a gift that keeps on giving for the Lancaster girls basketball team. The 5-foot-11 freshman forward scored 17 points and had 17 rebounds as the Redskins beat rival Depew, 49-39, in a nonleague game Tuesday night.
"She came from a parochial school. She was a gift, I didn't know I was getting her," said first-year coach Karen Catalano. "In the first half she had a lot of scoring opportunities that she just rushed. I said 'you look like the ball was on fire.' At halftime we had a talk and we slowed her down a bit, and she played much better."
Depew led by three points at halftime, but Lancaster forced the Wildcats into three consecutive turnovers to start the second half, which helped set the tone.
Despite the loss, Depew still has a 23-18 overall lead against Lancaster in a series that began in 1976-77.
"I played in a crosstown rivalry game at Kenmore West," said Catalano. "It's what makes the game unpredictable. I remember every year always in a dogfight, even if one team was considered a favorite. You could feel that to start tonight's game that everyone was a little tight."
Sam Wozniak added 14 points and six steals for Lancaster (4-3). Kirstie Dlugosz and Kim Obermeier had 10 points each for Depew.
>Ken East, Lockport girls stay unbeaten
The undefeated Kenmore East girls basketball team used a 20-point fourth-quarter to help dispose of Lew-Port, 54-29, in the Niagara Frontier League. Katie Blanch had 14 points while Jordyn added 11 points with 14 boards for the Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0).
Also in the NFL, junior Marisa Guyton scored 12 of her game-high 26 points in the first quarter as No. 4 large school Lockport jumped to a 29-0 first-quarter lead and went on to an 85-36 win over North Tonawanda.
Guyton added 18 rebounds for the Lions (5-0, 3-0 NFL). Three other players reached double digits for Lockport -- Caroline Randall (17), Emma Sobieraski (16) and Casey Oliphant (11).
Tori Nappo had 18 points, including four three-pointers, as Clarence downed Hamburg, 57-46, in a nonleague game.
"Her shooting percentage and her threes, she really came through," said Clarence coach Erin Booker. "Defensively, I always have her guard the other team's best player. She played well offensively and defensively."
>Niagara-Wheatfield gets overtime win
Kailey Walck hit a free throw with about 12 seconds left to lift Niagara-Wheatfield to a 59-58 overtime win against Niagara Falls in Niagara Frontier girls basketball.
The Falcons led by nine in the third quarter but Niagara Falls came back to take a fourth-quarter lead. Melissa Smith hit one of two free throws to tie the game and send it to overtime for Niagara-Wheatfield.
"My guards, Smith and Walck and [Rachel] Pawlak did a super job of going to the basket and getting fouled," Falcons coach Diane Fegatilli said. "Niagara Falls played really well. They came back mostly on their defense and we had to match their intensity."
Smith finished with 16 points, Walck with 15 and Pawlak with 10.
>Curran gets key wrestling win for North
With the match tied, sophomore Blake Curran came up with a 6-0 decision at 160 pounds to give Williamsville North the 36-33 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I wrestling.
West Seneca West had taken a 15-0 lead in the match before Williamsville North started to get points in bunches, keyed by wins from Zach Kelly (103) and Mike Pitts (125).
Curran earned his win in the final match of the night.
"There was a lot riding on that match," Williamsville North coach Brian Swatland said. "We were confident in his ability. In the first period [Curran] got a little excited and started to try to do too much, but we calmed him down and it really was about him staying within his ability."
>Whelpley nets 35 points for Walsh
Ryan Whelpley scored 35 points with 17 rebounds as Archbishop Walsh earned an 83-75 win over Nichols in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball.
Marcus Clarke added 19 points, including three three-pointers, with five assists for the Eagles (8-2) as the team committed just nine turnovers.
Tom Noonan had 23 points and Liam Ryan had 20 points with four three-pointers for Nichols.
>Benningfield jumper lifts Hamburg
Nick Benningfield hit a jumper off an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to give Hamburg a 47-45 win over Iroquois in ECIC II boys basketball.
Iroquois tied the game on a layup with about 15 seconds left in regulation before the Bulldogs set up the winning play.
"We were up, 29-19, late in the third quarter and Iroquois fought back to tie the game," Hamburg coach Tim Brueckl said. "We made some turnovers and they pressed but we were up for most of the game."
Benningfield went 7 for 8 from the free-throw line in the fourth and finished with 16 points.
>Funk does it all in Clarence win
Tyler Funk came up in several clutch plays for Clarence as the Red Devils earned a 59-56 win over Frontier in ECIC I boys basketball.
Funk scored 21 points with 11 rebounds and had an impressive fourth quarter. He netted eight of Clarence's 12 points in the fourth, hit four free throws and blocked a Frontier three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Frontier's Nicholas Gechell tied the game at 52-52 in the fourth, but Funk hit his free throws to secure the win for Clarence.
>Tonawanda, Alden get overtime wins
Jesse Lalka had 41 points, including eight three-pointers, as Tonawanda survived JFK, 89-83, in overtime in ECIC IV boys basketball. In the OT, Lalka was 3 of 4 from the foul line and had a three-pointer.
"He was impressive," said coach Hank Hughes. "The second quarter he had four threes, and they pretty much were right in a row, and some of them were pretty deep."
Dakota Peel hit a free throw with no time remaining in overtime to give Alden a 63-62 win over Lackawanna.
Peel finished with 16 points while Paul Matuszak had 17 points.
>Top-ranked Falls, Jamestown roll
Niagara Falls and Jamestown, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the boys' basketball large school poll, both earned victories.
The Wolverines defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 75-39, with 21 points and 11 rebounds from Jordan Street.
Jaysean Paige had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Jamestown's 70-66 win over Lancaster.
>Big fourth quarter propels Newfane
A 17-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter helped Newfane earn a 69-66 win over Wilson in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball.
Tyler Martin had 29 points, including five three-pointers, for Newfane, while Rohn Pierce had 24 points for Wilson.