The Springville girls basketball team shot its way into a tie atop the ECIC III standings Thursday as the Griffins avenged last week's loss at Depew, 56-51.
Springville (11-6, 8-2) made 10 of 16 free throws, including 6 of 7 in the final two minutes, to pull away from a Depew crew that rallied from a 31-22 halftime deficit to tie the game at 42 in the fourth quarter. While Springville experienced success at the line, the Wildcats (8-2 in league) made just 10 of 24 free throws.
The division co-leaders each have two league games left.
Jessica Domes led the winners with 17 points, while freshman Jessica Krzemien grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Jordan Schrimmel and Alexis Wayne each had 13 points for Depew, which beat Springville last week, 54-48.
ECIC IV: East Aurora (14-1, 9-0) used a 21-2 run to start the third quarter and routed visiting Lackawanna, 71-43. Sarah Soroka had 25 points, eight rebounds, five blocks, five steals and three assists, while Sarah Tarantino added 14 in the win.
Canisius Cup: Meagan Johnson-White's 40-point performance helped host Seneca edge Hutch-Tech, 56-53. . . . Kimberly Vega's fifth three-pointer of the game came with one second left and was the decisive basket in da Vinci's 39-38 win over Buffalo Arts. . . . City Honors (9-3, 8-0) remained perfect in the league with a 49-40 win over Grover Cleveland. April Villacrusis led the Centaurs with 14 points. Mercedes Peach scored a game-high 17 for Grover. . . . South Park led throughout its 50-49 win at McKinley as Ashley Grimes had a solid all-around game for the Sparks (6-4, 4-4) with 22 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Shakeena Cunningham had 24 points to lead McKinley, which pulled within one with 11.6 seconds left but couldn't get the ball back because it had too many fouls left to give.
Montverde Academy (Fla.) Invitational: Niagara Falls earned a semifinal date with the hosts at 7:30 tonight by drubbing Mount Dora (Fla.), 77-54. Jonathan Flynn scored a game-high 26 points for Falls (12-3).
Yale Cup: Cantrel Parrish had six of his 19 points during a 14-0 third-quarter burst as Grover Cleveland (11-3, 7-0) beat City Honors, 80-53. The Presidents will resume Tuesday's suspended game against Burgard at 3:30 p.m. today at Burgard. The game was tied at 26 when it was halted due to problems with the game clock.
Anthony Thomas (20 points, six steals) eclipsed the 1,000 career points mark as Riverside (13-2, 7-0) overwhelmed Burgard, 90-63. . . . Jamal Garner had a game-high 28 points to lead Lafayette (11-4, 6-2) past East, 87-78. . . . McKinley beat South Park, 65-43, for its fifth win in a row as Rob Hicks had 23 points, eight assists and four steals.
CCIAC I: Junior Zach Moore scored 30 points and surpassed 1,000 for his career as Olean (17-0, 9-0) remained unbeaten with an 83-58 win over Fredonia. . . . J.J. Peterson (11 points) hit a free throw with .2 seconds left in overtime that allowed Southwestern to edge Falconer, 46-45. . . . CCIAC II: Pine Valley (12-5, 8-3) handed Clymer (15-2, 10-1) its first league loss of the season, 56-47, as Monte Bailey had 13 points. . . . Joonie Williams had 18 points as Silver Creek (12-3, 8-2) dealt Cassadaga Valley (14-3, 10-1) its first league loss, 56-50.
Williamsville North clinched the No. 1 seed for next month's state playoffs with a 5-1 win over Canisius in Western New York Varsity Federation action. Ryan Geary scored twice for the Spartans (19-2, 12-2), who won their 17th in a row. . . . Pat Griffith scored twice and Corey Lloyd made 33 saves during Kenmore West's 4-2 win over Williamsville East. . . . Ryan Rogalski had a goal and an assist during Lancaster's 5-2 win over Sweet Home.