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What to watch for Wednesday
1. Girls Basketball - Frontier at Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.
No. 4 large school Frontier (9-4) heads to No. 7 large school Sacred Heart (8-4) in the top game on Wednesday's schedule.
The Falcons have only lost one game to Western New York competition this season, a 46-33 decision at No. 3 large school Lake Shore in the beginning of January. Frontier's top wins include triumphs over Orchard Park, McDowell (Pa.), Clarence and a two-loss V-Gananda team. Sophomore Kennedy Izzo and freshman Claire Kruska average 13.3 and 13.2 points per game, respectively.
The Sharks have two wins over Mount St. Mary and another over St. Mary's of Lancaster but are still looking for that signature victory. This would count. Their losses have come to top large schools Clarence, Cardinal O'Hara, Williamsville South and V-Our Lady of Mercy. Sacred Heart heads to Penfield Saturday to do battle with a good Patriots team. The trio of junior Micaela Ryan, sophomore Jennifer Grimm and freshman Siobhan Ryan are three of its top players.
2. Boys Basketball - St. Mary's of Lancaster at Canisius, 7 p.m.
No. 6 large school Canisius (8-5, 3-2) and No. 9 small school St. Mary's of Lancaster (10-3, 3-2) meet in an interdivisional Monsignor Martin contest.
The Crusaders seem to be playing their best basketball of the season right now with three straight quality wins over St. Francis, Middle College and Walsh. Canisius has received scoring from all throughout the lineup lately, with John Collins, Patrick Weir, Jacob Zeis, Austin James, Colby Moultrie, Brendan Trapper and Nicholas MacDonald all scoring double figures in at least one of the past three games. Section V's Bishop Kearney visits the Bernard J. Kennedy Fieldhouse on Saturday.
The Lancers have won four in a row, including a 61-60 win over crosstown rival Lancaster on Saturday. Eric Brown drained a three-pointer with seven seconds to go to give St. Mary's the final lead. Brown is one of six different Lancers to lead the team in scoring in any game this season. Coming up includes league games with Cardinal O'Hara on Friday and Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Park next week.
3. Girls Basketball - Lancaster at Depew, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 small school Depew (10-5) hosts honorable mention large school Lancaster (8-4) in the latest installment of this rivalry. Depew won last season's matchup, 53-38.
The Wildcats are riding a four-game win streak, highlighted by a huge 51-43 win last Friday over previously unbeaten Lake Shore. Senior Tess Borgosz had one of her best games of the season with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Both were game highs. Classmate Aviance Clark, Depew's leading scorer at 17.2 ppg, added 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
This is the second nonleague game in as many days for the Legends, who lost to No. 7 large school Kenmore East yesterday, 49-43. Molly Mahony scored a game-high 22 points for Lancaster, which has solid wins this season over Cleveland Hill and Orchard Park.
4. Boys hockey - Orchard Park vs. Williamsville East, 4:30 p.m.
Orchard Park (7-1-1-1) and Williamsville East (5-5) face off at Leisure Rinks in the best of two boys hockey games on Wednesday.
The Quakers are hovering right at the top of the Division 1 standings along with St. Joe's, Williamsville North and Niagara-Wheatfield. While OP has a 3-2 win over St. Joe's, it lost to North, 6-0, and to Wheatfield, 3-2, in overtime. Tyler Bienias leads the team in goals and points with eight and 16, respectively. Zachary Biasillo has a team-high nine assists and is second in points with 13. Thomas Held sports a 1.60 goals against average and has three shutouts in his 10 games played.
The Flames finally got back in the win column Monday with a 7-5 win against Frontier. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak, all to Division 1 opponents. Senior Mike Steffan leads all WNY Federation players with 14 goals, 14 assists and 28 points. Finnegan Sayers is having a solid season with eight goals and eight assists.
5. Girls hockey - Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. Monsignor Martin, 4 p.m.
Monsignor Martin (9-3-2-0-1), coming off its biggest win of the season, heads to Northtown Center to take on a high-scoring Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence (7-8-0-0-1) squad.
Monsignor Martin shut out second-place Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore on Monday, 5-0, after being outscored by them, 10-2, in the previous two meetings. Kaitlin Drew-Mead and Ellie Cleary both scored twice, while Kayla Blas had a goal and two assists. Brianna Gawronski earned the shutout between the pipes.
CASH has been idle since an 8-3 win over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden last Thursday. Julia Mings is firmly atop the WNY Federation scoring leaderboard with 24 goals and 41 points this season. Her 17 assists are only behind teammate Emma Faso, who leads the Fed in assists with 18 and is second in goals (18) and points (36).
- Boys basketball: Burgard at Lackawanna, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Mount Mercy at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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