Junior Lois Garlow, a transfer from Utah, has been a scoring leader for Mount St. Mary and one of the best in Western New York girls basketball this season. However, the Thunder is far from a one-player show.
Saturday, Tournament MVP Grace O'Brien scored 17 points and took down 15 rebounds for Mount St. Mary, in a 64-35 triumph over Williamsville North in the final game of the Lady Blue Devils Holiday Classic at Kenmore West.
Mount St. Mary and North were scheduled to meet on the second game of the tournament. As it turned out each won their opening game in the tournament, making the Mount the clear winner of the event.
Garlow, who is averaging 21.2 ppg through the first month of the season, had 15 points and Lauren Mucica 14 in the victory as the Thunder improved to 10-1.
"She didn't shoot as well today," coach Fran Snyder of the Thunder said of Garlow. "But she did a lot of other things. She had seven assists and a couple of steals."
Garlow, who moved back to Western New York this year, joined a team that had two returning starters and another player who was split time as a starter last season.
"We have a chance to be a real good team," said Snyder, a veteran coach in Monsignor Martin boys and girls basketball.
The Thunder got off to a 17-2 first-quarter lead on Saturday, but had to turn up the defensive pressure for a while in the third quarter when the Spartans began to rally. It was the ninth straight win for Mount St. Mary after a loss at Iroquois.
Junior Audrey Craffey had 16 points for North.
Emma Fredo had 15 points and eight rebounds for Mount Mercy in a 53-26 triumph over host Kenmore West in the other game Blue Devil game.
Amherst icers win Cataract Classic
After a 2-18-1 record last season, the hockey picture at Amherst is getting better despite a roster loaded with young players.
Freshman defenseman Trevor Tout scored in the second overtime to give Amherst a 4-3 victory over North Tonawanda in the championship game of the Cataract Classic at the Hyde Park rink in Niagara Falls.
"They're starting to believe they can compete. They're starting to feel good about themselves," said Amherst coach Mark Mobus, who returned to the Tigers' helm this season even though he remains a manager of the Jr. Sabres 18U and 16U teams.
Eight-grader Matthew Croll, junior Andrew Johnson and junior Charles Sinagra scored for the Tigers. Another eighth-grader, Evan Czora is the goaltender, who has stood out in Amherst's four-game win streak. Czora was credited with 28 saves in Saturday's victory. He was named tournament MVP.
Trent Woodroe of the Lumberjacks scored with 6:10 left in the third period to send the game to overtime.
The Tigers are 2-2 in Division 3 of the Western New York Federation and 5-4 overall including a 1-1 record in the Ontario Bay Tournament in Pulaski earlier this month.
St. Joes third in R.I.
Matthew Barrali had the winning goal for St. Joe's in a 4-3 victory over Bishop Guertin of Manchester, N.H. in the third-place game at the Mount St. Charles Tournament in Woonsocket, R.I.
The Marauders went 2-1 in the tournament after winning it a year ago with a triumph over host Mount St. Charles in the championship game.
Olean wins IAABO
Junior Mike Schmidt was named MVP of the IAABO Tournament after helping Olean to a 66-54 victory over Franklinville in the championship game at Allegany-Limestone.
Schmidt had a triple-double, 13 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists from his point-guard position.
"Mike had a heckuva game tonight," said Olean coach Jeff Anastasia. "Not many high school players get a triple-double. He was outstanding."
Olean (6-1) led, 23-13 after the opening quarter and maintained a comfortable lead throughout.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and played very well," Anastasia said. "I love the intensity. It was a gritty performance by all my guys. We don't have a lot of size."
Olean starts four players under 6-feet.
The Huskies defeated Bradford (Pa.), 55-40, on Friday to advanced to the championship.
Sam Erikson had 30 points for Franklinville (5-2).
"He earned them all," Anastasia said.
Locals 1-3 at Villa Maria
Western New York teams went 1 for 4 Saturday in the I-90 Classic at Villa Maria College.
Matt Hill and Marcus Rojas each scored 17 points to lead Jamestown over Edison of Rochester.
Rome Free Academy of Section III triumphed over Niagara Falls, 81-74, and Charles G. Finney of Rochester defeated Randolph, 62-55 in the other games.
Cardinal O'Hara lost to East High of Rochester,, 60-50, in the final game Saturday night.
Canisius loses in Georgia
St. Pius X of Atlanta pinned a 58-38 defeat on Canisius, the No. 1 ranked large school in Western New York on Saturday in Georgia.
It was the first loss for Canisius after wins over Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C. and Christian Brothers Academy of Memphis in the St. Pius X tournament.
The host team, ranked ninth in Georgia, was the runner-up in the state championship game last season at Georgia Tech.
Austin James had 25 points, including five three-pointers, for Canisius. Everett Lane, a 6-2 senior guard, led St. Pius X with 21 points.