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Sacred Heart tops Nichols Sharks win battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2

With an 18-0 record, Sacred Heart has played well all season. On Friday night they were at their best.

The Sharks completed a regular season sweep of defending Monsignor Martin Association champion Nichols, beating them on their own court, 66-57. Sacred Heart is ranked No. 1 in New York State and Western New York. Nichols entered the game No. 2 in WNY.

Senior Devon Hornung erupted for a career-high 28 points, scoring many of her points on putbacks. She had nine offensive rebounds.

Rebounding was the story of the game as Sacred Heart crashed the boards and won the battle for loose balls giving them two and three chances to score with each trip down the floor. Coach Sister Maria Pares said all her players got into the rebounding act, even the "munchkins." Point guard Natalie Cappola contributed nine rebounds to go with her 11 assists.

Pares claimed to be the happiest person in the gym. She said it was the best game her team played all year. "They play so well together, they don't have an ego issues. I feel like I'm being spoiled," she said.

Alycia Pontello added 12 points and Sarah Healy added 10 for the Sharks. Nichols (10-4, 6-2) had four players in double figures led by Moriah Camp with 18.

Camp was tough on the block, but the Sharks were able to contain her.

*ECIC I: Jamestown beat Orchard Park, 55-40, to clinch the league title for the fourth year in a row and secure the No. 1 seed in Class AA in the upcoming Section VI Tournament.

Two-time All-WNY selection Errine Cunningham scored 18 points to surpass 1,000 in her five-year varsity career. Sadie Breen had 24 rebounds to go with 14 points. The game was tied 38-38 when Jamestown went on a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Swiatek had 14 points and Jamie Druding had 12 for the Quakers.

*ECIC IV: Lackawanna clinched its first ECIC title since 1993-1994 with a 63-43 win at Tonawanda. A week ago the Warriors beat Lackawanna on its floor.

"Tonawanda beat us by three last week and we wanted to come out and make a statement, and we played real well and did that," said coach Dave Oliveri.

Antoinette Kelly had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Kayla Golden and Katrina Barber had 10 rebounds each for the Steelers (14-2, 10-1).

ECIC III: Sophomore Ashley Fields had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals for Amherst in a 56-50 win over Maryvale. Olivia Gmerek and Rebecca Dennee had 16 points each for the Flyers.

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Boys basketball

*ECIC III: After losing a heartbreaker to Maryvale in their first meeting, Depew returned the favor on Friday night.

The Wildcats' Anthony Battaglia took a charge with 5.5 seconds left as Depew held on for a 60-58 win in an ECIC III contest played in a packed gym at Depew. The play before Battaglia's, Depew's Tyler Stevens hit a free throw to secure the win.

Maryvale won the first meeting, 44-43, on Jan. 9 scoring in the last .07 seconds.

The Flyers' Jamie Quigley scored six of his team's last eight points to keep it close.

Stevens finished with 22 points for the Wildcats, who have won their last three league games. Zach Zmich had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Battaglia added 13 points. Andre Davis had 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Flyers.

Niagara Frontier League: Aaron Davis had his first career triple-double as North Tonawanda downed Lew-Port, 72-58. The junior forward had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Jacks moved to 7-4. Kevin Miller added 15 points and had 12 rebounds. NT was 20 of 22 from the free throw line.

*ECIC II: Keron Briggs had 32 points and Brandon Hudson added 17 for Sweet Home in a 73-54 win over Williamsville South. Billies' sophomore Joe Licata had a three-pointer giving him a school record 130 in his career.
Monsignor Martin: Will Regan had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Nichols overcame Timon's 36 points in the fourth quarter to win, 69-60. Dut Dour scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter trying to rally the Tigers. Nichols was forced to put their starters back in with four minutes left in the game.

Matt Reger had 14 points and Delano Fabor added 13 as St. Francis evened its record at 5-5 with a 67-59 win over St. Joe's.
Niagara-Orleans League: Junior Ethan Baker scored 27 points to become Wilson's all-time scoring leader in an 80-55 win over Newfane. Baker's 1,072 points passes Jeff Dinse, who had 1,066 points in a career that ended in 1986.

Akron ran its winning streak to nine in a row following a 66-50 win over Albion. J.C. Tretter had 16 rebounds and 16 points. Travor Short led the Tigers (13-3, 10-1) with 21 points and Alex Short added 17.

*CCAA I: Nate Keenan's driving layup with 45 seconds gave Allegany-Limestone the lead for good in a 65-63 win over Southwestern. Keehan finished with 17 along with Marcus Aiello for the Gators (8-2) now in second place behind Olean. Brock Thomas had 18 rebounds to surpass 1,000 in his career. His 25 points leaves him 17 points short of 1,000.

*CCAA II: Mark Capron hit a six-foot jumper at the buzzer as Cattaraugus/Little Valley edged Franklinville, 58-57.