Cardinal O’Hara and Walsh played a thriller in Olean. Justin Hemphill hit a shot from the lane as time expired to give the Hawks a 57-55 win.
Hemphill finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jermaine Haynes had 16 points and Rene Velazquez added 10 points and nine rebounds.
“We’re progressing pretty well,” coach Tony Pulvirenti said. “Six of our top nine are sophomores. Young kids sometimes don’t see the big picture. They just want to play and play. This is a good win for us.”
On the other side, Tavien Kemp had another big night for the Eagles. He finished with 37 points, including 27 points after halftime.
“We tried to strategize against him, and he still had 37,” Pulvirenti said. “He’s easily a first- or second-teamer in All-Western New York.”
Also in the Monsignor Martin league, Canisius had 10 players score in a 72-49 win over St. Joe’s. Jayce Johnson led the Crusaders with 15 points, and Joe Jamieson scored 10.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Kyle Laplante had 14 points and Tal James had 12 to lead Kenmore West to a 77-35 win over Kenmore East. That’s 22 straight wins for the Blue Devils over the Bulldogs. Lockport clinched at least a tie in the NFL with a 62-57 win over Grand Island. Malik Brooks finished with 19 points for the Lions. North Tonawanda is still in the mix for a share of the league title after a 81-53 over Lew-Port. Trevor Book had 19 points to lead the Lumberjacks.
In ECIC III, Dominick Welch continued his big season for Cheektowaga. He had 35 points, including four three-pointers, as the Warriors beat Pioneer, 74-28. Cheektowaga is 8-1 in division play.
In ECIC IV, Lackawanna took a giant step toward a division title with a 57-45 win over Cleveland Hill. London Smith had the best game of his career with 20 points, while Haris Bekric had seven points and eight rebounds. If the Steelers beat Holland next Wednesday, they’ll take their first division crown since 2011.
Frewsburg's Cordell O'Brien scored 21 points in a 54-45 win over Allegany-Limestone to surpass 1,000 points for his career.
Bulldogs can celebrate
It was a pretty sweet night for the Kenmore East girls basketball team. The Bulldogs defeated crosstown rival Kenmore West, 42-20. They claimed their first Niagara Frontier League title since 2008. Kendall Mills scored 15 points for Kenmore East, ranked ninth in the latest News’ large school poll.
Lockport continues to play well in the NFL as well. The Lions downed Grand Island, 44-30. Carissa DiTullio led Lockport with 15 points, while Kathryn Krchniak had 12. The Lions are 12-5 overall and 11-2 in league play.
Mount St. Mary improved to 16-5 with a 49-20 win over Park. MSM received 11 points from Meighan Murphy and 10 points from Jillian Fittry. The Thunder allowed only six points in the first half.
In the Southern Tier, No. 1 small school Franklinville continues to roll along, beating Pine Valley, 56-21. The Haskell sisters were at it again for the Panthers - Danielle Haskell had 23 points, and Allyson Haskell had 16. In a game between two top-ten teams, Frewsburg picked up a 47-40 win over Panama. Gabby Iuculano had 22 points for the Bears.
In a nonleague game, Sara Pfeiffer scored 25 points to pace Olean in a 64-37 win over Pioneer. The Huskies took a 25-4 lead after the first eight minutes. Evelyn Phillipi led the Panthers with 10 points. St. Mary’s/Lancaster topped Lancaster, 59-54 in overtime; Caroline Zanghi had 16 points for the Lancers.
Marauders win up north
St. Joe’s had to drive a ways to pick up a hockey win on Friday. The Marauders beat Potsdam, 4-1, in Massena. Jordan Weigand had two goals for St. Joe’s. The Marauders (20-1-2) play Massena today.