It was a big night for Amherst basketball. The Tigers' boys team, ranked fifth in this week's large school poll, traveled to Jamestown and defeated the 10th ranked, Red Raiders, 57-46.
Coach Mike Chatelle's girls team stayed home and pinned a 81-64 loss on Clarence, the second place team in ECIC I. Amherst forced numerous Clarence turnovers in the victory. Claire Wanzer, who led the Tigers with 24 points, had five steals and four assists. Eighth-grader Emma Klein had 19 points and five steals for the winners.
"We mixed up pressure defenses against them," Chatelle said. "We used some zone and some man."
It was only the second loss for Clarence. Ella Rose Eckert led the Red Devils with 19 points.
The Amherst boys overcame 28 points by Jamestown star James Rojas. Da Shawn Hines led Amherst with 17 points and six assists, and Marcellus Cooper had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
Billies win at St. Francis
St. Francis was riding high after its victory last week at No. 1 ranked Park School. The Red Raiders climbed to the No. 2 position in this week's large school poll. They could drop down, however.
Behind 28 points by Junior Greg Dolan, No. 3 ranked Williamsville South defeated St. Francis, 67-53, at Athol Springs.
South took command by outscoring the Raiders, 19-5 in the second period for a 40-25 halftime lead.
Besides his scoring, Dolan had 12 rebounds, six assists and a steal. Dakota Wiley had 17 points for the Billies.
Bo Siriekia led St. Francis with 16 points while Julian "Juice" Cunningham had 14 and Robert Welch 12.
Timon tops Health Sciences
Bishop Timon-St. Jude made it a clean sweep of its games with Health Sciences Charter, defeating the Falcons, 77-61, in South Buffalo. Joe Harrison's 24 points led the Tigers, who led 26-7 after the opening quarter and 44-22 at halftime.
Tyron Lott and Wize Threat each scored 14 points for Health Sciences, who have lost to just one other opponent besides Tim
Newfane wins in OT
Newfane had to rally in overtime for a 66-61 Niagara-Orleans League win at Roy-Hart.
The Panthers trailed 61-57 early in the extra period before sophomore Max Weber hit a three-point basket. Junior guard Kyle DeVoogel hit a jump shot to put Newfane in the lead and wrapped it up with some clutch free-throw shooting.
Matt Borel scored a layup off an out-of-bounds play with 7.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for Roy-Hart. Weber had a chance to win it for Newfane but his runner in the lane didn't drop, sending the teams to the overtime.
Weber and DeVoogel had 14 points each for Newfane. D.J. Davis of the losing Rams was high scorer in the game with 18. Jacob Bruning added 17 for Roy-Hart.
Second-place Newfane trails only undefeated Medina (7-0) in the N-O standings. Medina defeated visiting Albion, 77-52, as Alex Allis scored 24 points and Jaylin Cooper 22 for the Mustangs.
Lake Shore girls win
Lake Shore, the third-ranked team in the girls large school basketball poll this week, improved to 11-1 with a 59-51 nonleague victory over visiting Orchard Park. RaeAnn White led the Eagles with 16 points while Shaly Scanlan and Tashawni Cornfield had 11 points each. Scanlan also had 11 rebounds.
Lake Shore had to overcome a stellar performance by Sam Fischer of the Quakers. Fischer, a junior, was high scorer in the game with 28 points and dominated the rebounds. OP, which has lost starters Danielle Hore and Lauren Miller to season-ending injuries, is 7-6 for the season.
Williamsville icers win 14th
Williamsville extended its record to 16 games without a loss (14-0-2) in Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation Tuesday with a 4-1 victory over Kenmore/Grand Island at the Lincoln Park rink.
Freshman Erin Roland, Kaylee Conover, Jenna Woods and Leah Czerwinski scored for Williamsville while Jenna Lukomski made 17 saves. Hannah Gallivan had the Kenmore goal.