Olean’s Anastasia ties record
Olean boys basketball coach Jeff Anastasia picked up his 544th career victory on Wednesday as the Huskies blew by Falconer, 84-25.
Anastasia, in his 30th season with the Huskies, tied Mel Palano of Bishop Timon-St. Jude for first on the all-time Western New York victory list.
The Huskies, 8-2, can help Anastasia break the record Friday against Dunkirk.
Lake Shore remains undefeated
Lake Shore remained undefeated in girls basketball Wednesday night, earning a 46-33 win over Frontier in a non-league game.
The win was the sixth straight for undefeated Lake Shore, ranked second in the large school poll. Frontier, ranked fifth, fell to 5-3.
The Eagles took a 28-13 halftime lead, thanks in large part to play of senior center Shayla Scanlan who had eight of her 12 points in that quarter.
Scanlan also finished with 13 rebounds.
“She was relentless for us,” Lake Shore coach Andrea Conrad said of Scanlon. “She was huge on the boards and provided senior leadership to keep the team positive when we needed it.”
The Eagles needed a bit of regrouping after the third quarter when Frontier went on a 9-6 run.
“We came out in that third quarter flat and that was disappointing,” Conrad said. “Sometimes in games, and at any level, people have bad moments and how you react to those moments can help you turn it around.”
Lake Shore also got impressive defense from Noelani Cornfield and Tashawni Cornfield, who held Frontier’s leading scorers below their average. Tashawni also scored a game-high 13 points.
Goodridge lifts Springville
A big third quarter propelled Springville to a 53-50 win over Cleveland Hill in ECIC IV boys basketball.
Mason Goodridge scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter. Marcus James had five of his 19 in that span and Greg Cooney also netted five as Springville found some breathing room.
The win moves the Griffins to 3-1 in league play, 5-3 overall. It was the first league loss for Cleveland Hill, now 3-1, 5-5.
Nichols notches first win
Thanks to a late three-pointer and solid free throw shooting, Nichols came away with its first win of the girls basketball season, a 51-48 win over Nardin in Monsignor Martin play.
Jillian Niedzialowski hit her only shot of the game, a three-pointer, with about a minute left to tie the game. Ava Bueme then hit all four of her free throw attempts to give Nichols the win. Bueme also had a game high 18 points.
Defense keys Mount St. Mary
Another stellar defensive game helped No. 10 small school Mount St. Mary to a 40-25 win over Mount Mercy in Monsignor Martin girls basketball.
“We’re always a defensive team first,” Mount St. Mary coach Michael McCarthy said. “To be quite honest, I don’t have any kids whose primary sport is basketball. It took us halfway through the season to start making shots, but early on when we struggled to score, our defense was good.”
Kelly Burns had 18 points.