Nichols erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to rally past visiting Grand Island, 54-51, in a Niagara Frontier League game on Tuesday.
The Big Green made 13 of 15 free throws in the fourth quarter, and went ahead for good on a pair of Mary Cohill free throws that made the score, 52-51. The win puts No. 3 small school Nichols (11-2) alone in second place in the NFL behind Kenmore East.
Junior center Tiffany Walton made 8 of 9 free throws in the fourth and finished with 22 points. Walton also had 16 rebounds. Cohill added 14 points, nine rebounds and seven steals and was 4 of 4 from the line in the game's final two minutes.
Sally Head finished with 12 points for the upstart Vikings (10-3), ranked No. 6 among large schools.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Christina Marinucci had 16 points and Becky Kroening added 13 as Niagara-Wheatfield upended Lockport, 45-41. Junior Joanne Rickard led the Falcons in rebounds with 10. Lockport's Allison Depp finished with 31 points, with 18 of her team's 20 points in the first half.
No. 1 large school Kenmore East (17-0) beat No. 10 North Tonawanda, 62-50, as Maria Atti had 26 points. Freshman Katie Miranto had 19 for the Lady Jacks.
Jamie Gerace had 13 points and Jean Mayfield added 10 as Kenmore West evened its record at 9-9 with a 57-41 win over Niagara Falls. Chonita Palmer had 20 for the Wolverines.
ECIC I: Amanda Rice scored 17 points and Allison Sudol 14 to lead No. 5 large school Jamestown over Williamsville North, 61-47. Cheryl Kindzia led the Spartans with 10.
ECIC II: Division leader Williamsville East, No. 3 among large schools, got a 26-point, 14-rebound performance from senior forward Lindsay Brent in a 54-44 victory over West Seneca West.
ECIC Interdivision: Iroquois extended its winning streak to 13 with a 69-39 romp past Alden. Eva Cunningham led the Chiefs with 19 points, 10 steals and five assists while Val Jacobs had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tina Winney had 10 for Alden. The Chiefs (14-1, 9-0) are ranked No. 8 in the state and No. 2 among Western New York large schools.
Kim Koss (six steals) and Jamie Vaughan had 12 points each as No. 9 large school Clarence topped winless Williamsville South, 58-36.
Cara Foley scored 10 of her team-high 11 points in the first half of Frontier's 48-29 victory over winless Lackawanna. Eighth-grader Carissa Ferrucci led the Steelers with 16 points.
Gabbie Richardson had 19 points and 16 rebounds in Amherst's 67-38 win over Cleveland Hill. Beth Walsh added 17 for the Tigers. Tavonna Halton had 15 for the Golden Eagles.
Jessica Porter scored 29 points and took in 20 rebounds and Andrea Laux scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half for West Seneca East in a 63-48 victory over JFK. The Bears led by three at the half before East's 22-13 third-quarter run. Porter scored all but two of the Trojans' 19 first-half points.
Msgr. Martin Association: Maggie Boryszak had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 7 small school Mt. Mercy beat Mt. St. Mary, 60-44. Christine Roth added 17 for the Magic.
Niagara-Orleans League: Chris Ricketts scored 17 points and Dana Montazzoli had 10 points and 10 rebounds in Starpoint's 55-36 victory over Akron. Danielle Poodry had 12 for the Tigers.
Amanda Ribbeck had 14 points, Sarah Roth tallied 13 points and Jenny Wells had an eight-point fourth quarter to help Barker beat Newfane, 52-47.
Shineque Boose's 19 points and 13 rebounds led Albion past Roy-Hart, 50-42. Grace Swick had 16 for the Rams.
Canisius Cup: Telena Cook had 12 points and Jamia Glover 10 as Seneca beat Riverside, 45-35.
Dionne Turnage had 24 points and Germany Jackson added 17 as co-No. 3 small school Traditional (16-1, 11-0) bombed Grover Cleveland, 105-36.
Shanika Johnson had 24 points and Ashley Deas 18 as Lafayette beat McKinley, 63-38.
Nicole Smith had 25 points and Channell Ware added 22 as Bennett beat South Park, 67-52.
Celia Matias had 15 points for City Honors in a 47-34 win over Kensington, 47-34.
Heather Nicastro had 11 points as Hutch-Tech took Emerson, 49-16.
CCIAC I: All 11 players scored as Olean clinched the division title with a 79-35 win over Falconer. Karolyn Baker had 12 points and Katy Irving had 10 points and eight assists. Megan McAllister added 12 points and four steals for the No. 6 small school Huskies (13-4, 10-0).
Kristin Engel (17 points) and Heather Martin (17 points, 13 rebounds) led Allegany/Limestone over Dunkirk, 49-39. Jen DePasquale had 13 for the Marauders.
Rachel Conti scored 14 in Fredonia's 42-33 win over Southwestern. Taryn Miletti had 14 for the Trojans.
CCIAC II: No. 9 small school Cassadaga Valley ran its division record to 10-1 with a 54-24 triumph over Silver Creek. Chelsea Martin led the Cougars with 24 points.
Susan Johnson had 14 rebounds and Beth Hogan had 20 points for Salamanca in a 48-39 win over Westfield.
Melanie Lescynski had 11 points, and Chelsey Cummings and Jen Anderson added 10 each as Chautauqua Lake downed Frewsburg, 45-29. Emily Berg had 11 for the Bears.
Billy Dee Morrison's 18 points led Randolph past Cattaraugus, 61-32. Jackie Duckwall added 11 points for the winners while Brittney Finnegan had 16 for the Timberwolves.
CCIAC III: Danielle Troutman scored 11 points to lead Pine Valley over Brocton, 56-22.
Adrienne Bland had 11 points and Ashley Kulju added 11 as Maple Grove beat Forestville, 66-23.
Freshman Tiffany Holthouse led the way with 10 points and eight rebounds as Clymer edged Panama, 39-36. Amanda Trisket had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Non-league: Mary Helak had 19 points and Kathy Over added 10 as St. Mary's of Lancaster beat No. 8 small school East Aurora, 64-39.
NFCAA: Brandi Kush had 25 points for Victory Christian in a 51-44 win over Charles Finney. . . . Tiffany Shantz had 28 points for Amherst Christian in a 62-24 win over L.E.A.H.