Sacred Heart, Nichols still perfect
Defending Monsignor Martin Association champion Sacred Heart remained undefeated through six games this season by beating St. Francis Prep of New York City, 66-49, Friday in the opening contest of the Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament at Canisius High School. Katie Keller had 23 points while Krystal Watson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Sharks.
Sacred Heart is off until it takes on Holy Angels during the Fredonia Tournament on Dec. 27. The Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament continues today with Nardin, last year's Monsignor Martin runner-up, playing St. Francis Prep at 11:30 a.m.
Another Monsignor Martin power stayed perfect as Mariah Camp and Amanda Cook combined for 19 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots as Nichols used a 25-16 fourth quarter to beat Mount Mercy, 73-61. Meghan Dougherty had 22 points while Katlin Donahoe had eight assists for the Vikings (4-0, 3-0).
"It was a good win for us against a quality team," said coach Bob Torgalski. "They have some big kids."
Courtney Donovan (23 points) hit a free throw with 20.6 seconds left in overtime to give Grand Island a two-point cushion, then blocked Kenmore East's shot in the final seconds as the Vikings outlasted Kenmore East, 49-47, in Niagara Frontier League action. Grand Island overcame a 13-point deficit thanks in large part to a 14-5 fourth quarter in which Mallory Griffiths had six of her 17 points.
Niagara Falls' Destiny Harrison (34 points, four three-pointers) nearly outscored Lew-Port by herself during a 56-39 victory.
Kayla Golden and Janay Ware each had 14 points and seven steals as Lackawanna beat larger Lake Shore, 43-30, in a nonleague game to remain undefeated at 6-0.
North swims to 3-11
Williamsville North moved to 3-1 on the boys swimming season with a 62-40 victory at West Seneca East. Sophomore diver Chris Arcara had a career-high 211 points while junior Michael Lin won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 backstroke and was part of relay wins in the 400 free and 200 medley.
*Jared Lemke of Alden was a state finalist last year and is 12-0 this season, but the entire Bulldogs wrestling team had plenty to celebrate. Lemke's major decision victory at 130 pounds and Robert Sonberg's pin of Justin Bacon in 1:16 at 125 helped Alden to a 32-31 win over Tonawanda.
*Williamsville South plays Penfield of Section V (Rochester area) at 1 p.m. while Williamsville North takes on Seton Catholic of Section VII (Plattsburgh) at 3 p.m. in nonleague hockey games today at the Amherst Pepsi Center. The Federation also is in action, with defending champion Kenmore West trying to bounce back from Thursday's loss to Williamsville North when it meets Lancaster at 5.