Jamie King scored her second goal of the game in overtime as Amherst/Sweet Home/ Clarence came back three times for an upset 5-4 win over Kenmore/Grand Island to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals of the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation playoffs Monday night at Amherst Northtown Center. McKenna Rushford assisted on the winner.
The winners were seeded higher, fourth, in the playoffs but Kenmore/GI was the runner-up over the weekend in the State Public Schools Championships.
Earlier, No. 2 seed Williamsville and No. 3 Orchard Park advanced rather easily into Wednesday’s semifinals of the Western New York Girls Ice Hockey Federation playoffs. A/SH/C came back from three one-goal deficits before taking its first lead, 4-3, in the third period on a goal by Casey Adimey with an assist by Jamie King. Kenmore/GI tied it, however, on the second goal of the game by Lina Mirabella with assists from Emily King and Grace Simmons.
Mirabella opened the scoring with an unassisted goal for Kenmore/GI in the first period but Emma Faso tied it for A/SH/C with Kylie Nelson assisting. Again, Kenmore/GI took the lead when Nina Stockman tallied with assists from Emily King and Victoria Botticello, taking a 2-1 advantage into the third period.
A power-play goal by Julia Mings, Courtney Cavarello assisting, tied it again early in the third. Kenmore regained the lead when Abigail Blair scored, assisted by Simmons, only to see King score the first of two goals in a row by Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence.
Leah Czerwinski, Jenna Woods, Erin Roland and Olivia Rutkowski scored for No. 2 seed Williamsville in a 4-0 triumph over No. 7 Lancaster/Iroquois.
Jessica Peters scored four times for Orchard Park in an 8-1 victory over West Seneca/Hamburg.
A/SH/C will face No. 1 seed Monsignor Martin, the defending Federation champion, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Amherst Northtown. Williamsville and Orchard Park meet at 8:30.
Aquinas tops Park
Aquinas built a 34-19 halftime lead and went on to a 55-49 triumph over Park School in Rochester. The Pioneers, ranked No. 2 in Western New York, outscored the home teams, 23-11, in the fourth quarter to make it closer after trailing by 18 after 24 minutes. Jordan Nwora had 16 points and Joe Jones 11 for the losers.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster trailed all game until taking the lead on a three-point play by Khalil White with 4:43 left. Takal Molson made four clutch free throws in one-and-one situations to preserve a 60-57 nonleague victory at Cleveland Hill. Molson had 26 points for the Lancers. White ended up with nine steals.
“Khalil played a great defensive game,” said Lancers coach Paul Rath. “His energy got us going.”
Ramah Lassiter led Cleve Hill with 24 points, including five three-pointers.
1,000 for Sparks’ star
South Park’s Armoni Jordan scored 27 points to reach 1,003 for her career in a 60-30 victory over Olmsted in Canisius Cup play among Buffalo Public Schools girls basketball teams. Elsewhere, Immaculata (15-4) got 19 points from Jordan Heinold in a 58-45 triumph over visiting Tapestry Charter. Nia Caver of the Thunder Hawks led the scoring with 21 points.