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ANOTHER UPSET PROPELS LOCKPORT TO CLASS A-1 FINALS

The Cinderella girls basketball team from Lockport kept the clock from striking midnight again at Amherst High on Saturday, as the eighth-seeded Lady Lions upset No. 4 North Tonawanda, 48-46, to reach the Class A-1 finals of the Section VI playoffs.

Lockport plays second-seeded Clarence at 6 p.m. Wednesday at ECC's Flickinger Center.

Lori Hackett hit two free throws in the closing seconds to give Lockport (10-13) its margin of victory. Allison Depp led the Lions with 23 points and nine rebounds. Katie Miranto scored 15 for NT.

Clarence dropped Lancaster, 49-35, as Kate Kohout had 10 points and 15 boards and Jamie Vaughan 10 points.

Class A-2 semifinals: Rachel Hicks had 16 points as Pioneer eliminated Sweet Home, 48-42. Danielle Krotz had a breakout game with 14 rebounds and Amanda Neamon added 11 boards for Pioneer (18-4). Sweet Home was led by Rachel Rush with 12 points.

Top seed Kenmore East (22-0) routed Hutch-Tech, 76-34, with Maria Atti scoring 24 points, Felisa Brown 12 and Katie Turski 11. Erica Miner had 14 for the Engineers.

Class B-1 semifinals: Top-seeded Williamsville East (20-2) survived a 38-37 war with Grand Island as Melissa Rumschik hit a 15-foot shot with 20 seconds left. Lindsay Brent scored 13 and Emily Skinner 11 for the Flames as Katie Remus topped No. 4 GI with 12.

Second-seeded Iroquois (19-3) whipped Tonawanda, 60-26. The Chiefs were led by Val Argauer's 13 points, Eva Cunningham's 12 and Val Jacobs and Sarah Regdos (11 rebounds) with 11 apiece. Vicki Eikenburg led Tonawanda with 10 points.

Class B-2 semifinals: Top-seeded Olean (17-5) blew past Depew, 66-44, as Nicole Vitello picked up 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists and Katie Estes added 13 points and 15 boards for the Huskies. Kristin Brunetto's 13 points and Ashley Reformat's 12 paced the Wildcats.

Sarah Bishop tossed in 26 points, Jana Miller 16 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Herrmann 11 points as second-seeded East Aurora (19-3) was a 68-56 winner over Dunkirk, which got 17 points from Erin Bogardus and 15 from Jen DePasquale.

Class C-1 semifinals: Top seed Traditional (21-1) got past Gowanda, 45-39, with 13 points from Germany Jackson. Gowanda's Jodi Williams scored 11.

Class C-2 semifinals: Jen Anderson had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Lindsay Raynor 13 points in leading third-seeded Chautauqua Lake to a 46-41 upset of No. 2 Randolph, which was led by Jackie Duckwall's 17 points.

Class D semifinals: Sherman (20-2) played like a No. 1 seed in a 62-34 romp over No. 5 Hinsdale as Megan Damcott had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kelly Courtney chipped in with 13 points. Hinsdale's Stephanie Karst led all scorers with 22 points.

No. 2 seed Ellicottville (20-2) used 16 points from Alicia Smith, 12 points and three steals from Heather Lindell and 18 rebounds from Lynne Halloran to knock off Maple Grove, 56-45. Melissa Hinman scored 14 for Maple Grove.

Msgr. Martin Association: Holy Angels (23-1, 16-0) lived up to its No. 1 seeding by crushing Villa Maria, 70-37, in the playoff quarterfinals as Katie Jaus bagged 19 points, Jamie Donnelly 17 points and 10 assists and Autumn Lee-Jeffries 13 points. Jocelyn Kiszewski scored 13 for the Bears.

Sacred Heart (20-4), the second seed, outlasted Mount St. Mary, 49-44, with the help of 19 points from Sally Shuster and 17 from Rachel Michalek. Lindsay Sun scored 15 for the Thunder.

Third-seeded Nardin (18-6) drilled Immaculata, 60-17, with 13 points from Ashley Williams.

Mount Mercy (15-10) posted an 83-63 verdict over St. Mary's of Lancaster as Mercy was led by Jill Ratchuk's 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals, Andrea Muszynski's 20 points, nine boards and six blocked shots and Maggie Boryszak's 15 points. Mary Helak had 23 and Kathy Over hit the 1,000-point career scoring mark with 18 for St. Mary's.

Bowling

The Maryvale boys and Niagara Falls girls teams stood above the rest at the Section VI Championships at Transit Lanes.

Maryvale took the boys' overall crown and the Class B title with a 6,347 pinfall to beat runner-up and Class A winner Niagara Falls (6,324). Forestville took Class C with 5,674. The Niagara Falls girls, overall and Class A winners, had a more comfortable margin with 5,838 pins to Lockport's 5,728. Maryvale took Class B (5,623) and DaVinci the C crown (4,243).

The top individual scorers were North Tonawanda's Eric Spahr (1,433) and Niagara-Wheatfield's Mary Etta Lewis (1,306).

Joining them on the Section VI team at the State Championships at Sayville Lanes on Long Island on Friday and Saturday will be: Maryvale's Cody Westfield, Jeff McColloch, Jeff Tycz, Joe Piejda and Mike Kemp, Kyle Rising (Lockport), Jeff Opoka (Tonawanda), Anthony Luchese (Niagara Falls), Mark Gould (Jamestown), Ryan Wilcox (Niagara Falls), Niagara Falls' Julia Jackson, Laura Jamieson, Laura DeBacco, Sarah Reele and Diana Pennington, Sweet Home's Lindsay Baker, Lockport's Alicia Poole and Sabrina Sterling and Maryvale's Alicia Saulter and Colleen Merlino.

Boys basketball

Eastern Schools Tournament: Anthony Baskin had 25 points and Charlie Albenasi 15 for St. Mary's School for the Deaf in a 60-54 semifinal win over Rhode Island in Delaware. The Saints play Rochester for the title at 2:30 today.

Rifle

Kenmore East won the .22 caliber team competition and Alden won the team air rifle at the Section VI championships at Alden.

Individual winners were: Clarence's Peter Gruenthaner (prone), Orchard Park's Nick Kaleta (offhand), Kenmore West's Inger Tyssebotn (kneeling), Alden's Jake Gerevics (aggregate) and Alden's Chris Guarino (air rifle).

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