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Section VI goes 0 for 5 in Canandaigua Jamestown, East Aurora streaks end

The Section VI girls basketball champions struggled Saturday.

All five sectional winners endured an embarrassing sweep at the hands of Section V in the 26th annual Far West Regionals held at Finger Lakes Community College.

One-by-one, Jamestown (Class AA), Olean (Class A), East Aurora (Class B), Portville (Class C) and Sherman (Class D) bid farewell to their seasons. As a result, Section VI will not have a representative at the New York state final four next weekend in Hudson Valley Community College.

Here's a look at each game:

>Class AA

Jamestown fell to a team that coach Ken Ricker said "has all the pieces." The Red Raiders saw their impressive streak of 21 wins in a row come to an abrupt end by Rush-Henrietta, 76-39.

"They have a big girl inside," Ricker said. "[Shenise] Johnson is a dominant player. They have two guards who can definitely handle the ball, and number one [Kristen Taliento] does a great job of filling whatever role she needs to fill. They're a very, very good team."

Johnson would easily be the Player of the Year if she played in Section VI. At 5-foot-10, she moves like a guard and she can beat anyone off the dribble. She was coming off a 36-point, 23-rebound performance in the Section V championship game. She finished this one with 27 points and 16 rebounds before she headed to the bench with 3:47 left in the game.

Diana Depane and Ashley Dupler led Jamestown with nine points each. Jamestown, making its first appearance in the Far West Regional since 1983, finished 22-2.

>Class B

East Aurora, a team which exceeded all of coach Chris Koselny's expectations, saw its 17-game winning streak ended, 65-46, by Nazareth.

Sarah Soroka had a solid first half on both ends with 10 points and four blocks, but she also picked up her third foul with 49 seconds left. She finished with 13 points while Sarah Tarantino added 10.

"We were not finishing the way we usually finish," said Koselny. "A lot of that was a credit to [Nazareth 6-1 center] Nichols Jones. She stood in the back and made us a little bit hesitant to go to the basket hard. That's usually our game -- get out on the break, break a press and finish layups, and we just didn't do it as well as we usually do today."

The Blue Devils, with just two seniors on the roster, finished 22-2.

>Class C

Sarah Houseknecht ended her career with a triple-double, but it wasn't enough as Portville fell, 56-41, to Honeoye. The 6-3 senior, who signed early with Southern Connecticut, finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.

The Bulldogs feasted all game on Portville turnovers, which included 11 in the first quarter. Portville was bothered by pressure in the backcourt.

"They were really good on defense," said Houseknecht. "We played against Pine Valley and I would say they're a tougher defensive team. We were having trouble getting the ball up the floor on the press. We just had too many turnovers."

Portville, the last Section VI team to win this classification back in 1992, played from behind the entire game. It trailed, 16-8, after the first quarter and 27-18 at the half. Houseknecht scored all nine of her team's points in the third quarter, but the margin was never under 10 points.

>Class D

Sherman kept it close throughout, but Batavia Notre Dame was 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the final 1:14 to win, 45-37. The Irish, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class D, held the Wildcats to one basket in the game's final 3:15.

"We got some looks when it was four (points, 39-35), but it didn't go," said Sherman coach Mel Swanson. "We basically went this route with a couple seniors to lead us. We just couldn't come up with enough to keep their big girls off the boards."

Freshman Rachel Ottaway led Sherman (20-4) with 11 points.

Sherman was making its fifth appearance in the Far West Regionals.

e-mail: mmonnin@buffnews.com

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