Quality win for E. Aurora
The East Aurora girls basketball team is making the most of its chance to play two games against state-ranked teams in Class AA. On Thursday the Blue Devils beat No. 15 Rochester Mercy, 56-41, in the first round of the Greece-Athena Tournament. They advance to Saturday's final where they'll play No. 14 Greece Athena.
"If we can come out and play Athena real well at their place, that would be awesome," said EA coach Chris Koselny, whose team is ranked No. 12 in Class B. "This [Mercy] win was a very good, quality win heading into the last third of the season. We need to start building for the playoffs."
Sarah Soroka led EA (12-2) with 20 points.
Jamestown survives scare
Jamestown rallied from three points down with one minute left to beat Sweet Home, 57-53, and preserve its unbeaten record in ECIC I girls basketball.
Nikki Frederickson scored with 35 seconds left to give Jamestown a one-point lead and Yvette Hunter made two free throws with two seconds left for the Red Raiders (14-0, 8-0). Ashley Dupler had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Jamestown.
"Defensively we played a real active 2-3 zone and took them a little out of their rhythm," said Sweet Home coach Matt LaRoach. "We did a pretty good job taking away the high-low game."
Kacie Mills had 16 points as Kenmore East knocked off rival Kenmore West, 50-34, in the Niagara Frontier League. "It was a typical East-West battle. The intensity was there," said East coach Jack Blanch. "The gym was full for us. The boys had the night off and they were there."
Chloe Emerling made two free throws with 6.7 seconds left to give Springville the lead for good in a 53-51 win over Maryvale in ECIC III. Marybeth Nugent led the Griffins with 15 points. . . . Orchard Park held Clarence to 11 points in the second half in a 48-38 win. Mary Ellen Elie led the Quakers, who trailed by 12 at halftime, with 14 points. . . . Colleen Flynn had 16 points and Marycate Kubera added 12 before she got hurt as Mount Mercy beat Holy Angels, 55-51, in the Monsignor Martin Association. Kubera was taken to the hospital after landing awkwardly on her head.
Top wrestling teams at UB
A pair of Section VI's state-ranked wrestling teams will compete with two of the Rochester area's best Saturday in a great atmosphere: the 38th New York State Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena.
At 12:30 p.m., which is between the collegiate event's sessions, Fredonia and Niagara-Wheatfield will meet Spencerport and Rush-Henrietta in dual meets on adjacent mats. Fredonia, ranked fourth in the state among small schools, will meet Rush-Henrietta, ranked 16th among large schools, while No. 24 large school Niagara-Wheatfield will take on the state's top-ranked large school in Spencerport.
Co-swim showdown nears
Hutch-Tech and City Honors both won their Syracuse Cup swimming meets on Thursday, setting up a showdown for the league title on Monday. The Engineers and Centaurs, both 8-0, face off at 3:30 p.m. at the Erie Community College Flickinger Center.