There was a sense in local girls high school basketball circles that Cardinal O’Hara’s long winning streak against Western New York competition might be tested Monday night by a Mount St. Mary team and its junior star Lois Garlow.
It didn’t happen, O’Hara had the lead most of the way, then blew out the Thunder, 31-6, in the fourth quarter to complete a resounding 79-30 victory in Monsignor Martin Association play.
O’Hara (5-4, 2-0 Monsignor Martin) has not lost to a local opponent since the 2013 Monsignor Martin playoff championship game against Sacred Heart at the Koessler Center. That was 76 games ago.
Mike McCarthy, the Hawks’ assistant coach, thinks part of the answer to the O’Hara dominance is the schedule it plays out the Monsignor Martin Association.
"I think these girls are pretty battle-tested," McCarthy said. "They played some of the best in the state, the best team in Maryland, the best team in South Carolina. Both those teams haven’t lost since we played them."
O’Hara played in an tournament in the District of Columbia early last month and will play in the Martin Luther King tournament at Bishop Ludden in Syracuse next week after games this week against St. Mary’s of Lancaster and Mercy or Rochester.
Once again, Monday night, the Hawks got a balanced performance with contributions from seven players. Four O’Hara players scored in double figures. Cierra Harrison had 18, Aaleyah Parker had 16 and Angel Parker 15, and Kiara Johnson had 11. Aaliya Parker, a freshman, had nine rebounds and eight steals.
Garlow, who has been a high scorer for Mount St. Mary so far, was limited to 12 points.
No. 5 Amherst tops Flames
Amherst, the No. 5 ranked large school team in the WNY girls basketball poll, got over the .500 mark with a 51-43 victory at Williamsville East.
Ella Wanzer, a freshman and younger sister of former All-WNY first teamer Claire Wanzer, is starting to make a name for herself, too. Ella and junior Emma Stelley each had 11 points in the victory.
Rachel Romanowski of East was high scorer in the game. Amherst countered her with three inside players -- sophomore Morgan Halt, freshman Isabelle Steimle and senior Hannah Bardeen. Among the three they accounted for 13 points.
West Seneca East (8-1, 3-1 ECIC II) won at Starpoint, 52-39, as Nicole Kumrow, Kelsey Kaufman and Amanda Weiner accounted for 37 points.
Bradberry leads Niagara Catholic
In Monsignor Martin boys play, freshman Jaylen Bradberry scored 24 points in Niagara Catholic’s 72-64 victory over visiting Nichols.
Jaemon Turner (13), Mehki Starks (13) and Haakim Siner (12) also stood out for the Patriots, who evened their league record at 1-1.
Chris Stineman, a 6-6 junior, had 22 points for the losing Vikings.
Canisius icers win rough game
Canisius defeated Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 4-1, at Harbor Center in a WNY Federation Division I game that was marred by rough play.
At least four players, two on each side, received game misconducts when fighting broke out late in the third period. Matt Kreuzer scored twice for Canisius. … Coleman Jacobs scored twice and Kyle O’Brien had three assists for Orchard Park in a 5-3 triumph over Frontier at the Hamburg Town Ice Arena.