West Seneca West struggled through a 1-19 girls basketball season in 2015-16, and the Indians were winless in 12 ECIC I games. Things might be a little different this time.
Coach Lori Potter's team opened the new season with a win Tuesday, 52-43, over Eden in the first round of the West Seneca Tipoff at West Seneca East.
The Indians’ only win last season was over Eden in the third-place game of the same tournament.
Potter has reason to be hopeful as underclassmen stood out in the victory. Sophomore Maddy Vanderlip had 12 points and six assists. Eighth-grader Mia McCarthy, an outside shooting prospect, had one three in her nine-point output.
Senior Kourtney Urbanczyk, left the game with a charley horse but returned to complete a 10-point game.
"Urbanczyk came back with a couple of steals, a couple of rebounds," Potter said. "She played great."
Eighth-grader Brooke Woodard led Eden with 11 points. West Seneca West will face Depew for the championship on Thursday. Depew defeasted West Seneca East, 60-44, in Tuesday's other game. Senior Aviance Clark led the Wildcats with 23 points. Amanda Weiner led West Seneca East with 11 points.
Kenmore/GI girls post first win
It's a rebuilding year for Kenmore/Grand Island the defending WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation public school champions. Coach Jeff Orlowski's team got its first win of the season Tuesday night, a 7-0 triumph over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden at Lincoln Park rink in the Town of Tonawanda.
"We lost eight players from last year's team, seven to graduation and one to Nichols," Orlowski said. "I've got three seventh graders and a bunch of ninth graders. Olivia Smith, a senior is our best player."
Freshman Abby Blair scored three times and Carissa Buyea, a seventh grader got her first varsity goal in the victory. Seventh grader Ellie Simmons made 19 saves for the shutout.
Mings at it again
Julia Mings, whose 20 goals led the WNY Girls Varsity Federation last season, scored twice and added a pair of assists for CASH (Clarence/Amher/Sweet Home) in a 9-5 triumph over LID (Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew) Tuesday at Holiday Twin Rinks. Emma Faso had a pair of goals and an assist for Cash (1-1-0). Jillian Blas scored twice for LID (0-3-0) while Morganne Dee had a goal and an assist.
Big rally wins for Barker
Barker staged a remarkable comeback from five points down with less than a minute to play and defeated Alexander of Section V, 63-59.
"Not a bad way to open the season," said Don Baker, who came out of retirement to coach the Raiders.
Eddie Wasnock started the rally with a layup after a steal of an inbounds pass. After another steal Nathan Luckman hit a three-pointer to tie it. After yet another steal, Luckman was fouled on a three and made two his three free throws for a 61-59 lead. Austin Sullivan sealed it with two more foul shots."