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Kenmore West honors its past

The Kenmore West girls basketball team celebrated its annual Wall of Fame night with a 46-16 win over North Tonawanda. Jenna Rickan had 19 points and Ashley Krier added 12 for the Blue Devils.

Michelle McGuire-McCarthy, whose career spanned 1988-1991, had her name and number put on the Girls Basketball Wall of Fame during a postgame ceremony. She was also recognized with her family at halftime.

She becomes the fifth Wall of Famer joining Karen Catalano (1992), Laura Gleason (1988), Shannon Carscallon (1990) and Loretta Kavanaugh (1997).

"It's a nice way to honor just girls basketball players," said coach Mike Licata. "Kenmore West has a great Hall of Fame, and certainly these girls are eligible, but this is simply a way to recognize girls basketball."

Licata said McGuire-McCarthy was one of the toughest players he's coached and said she has the resume to back it up. She was the Athlete of the Year at Kenmore West as a senior. She averaged 11 points and led the team in steals and rebounds. In 1991 she was an honorable mention All-Western New York pick and a first team Niagara Frontier League selection.

Today, McGuire-McCarthy lives in the Ken-Ton area with her husband, Dan, and their four daughters, who all play basketball.

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Nichols girls drop Bennett

Kaitlin Donahoe poured in 23 points as the Nichols girls basketball team handed Bennett its first loss, 76-60. Sloan Walton added 15 points for the No. 3 large school Vikings (12-2).

Clymer (17-0) widened its lead in CCAA II with a 52-42 win over second-place Sherman. Jen Rhodes had 19 points and Tara Bailey added 18 as the Pirates remained undefeated in the league. Andrea Lictus had six rebounds and Mallory Deuink handed out five assists. Sherman's Rachel Ottaway kept her team in it with 13 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.

Olean clinched the CCAA I title with a 55-44 win over host Fredonia. The Huskies outscored the Hillbillies, 21-9, in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Olean's Rachel Bantelman, after being held to one point in the first half, scored nine of her 18 in the fourth quarter. Grace Moore had 10 points and Joelle Bennett had nine rebounds for Fredonia.

"We lost to them by 34 there. We played so much better tonight," said Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle. "We had to foul at the end. I'm pleased with the effort. We made a huge improvement."

Caitlin Martin had 16 points and Lindsey Stoddard added 15 as Allegany-Limestone topped Falconer, 62-43, in CCAA I.

Samantha Kopp scored 16 points, had 20 rebounds and seven blocks in Franklinville's 46-38 win over Frewsburg. Kopp is 34 points shy of the Western New York record for most points in a career at 2,300.

Lake Shore made 7 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter in a 48-41 win over Iroquois in ECIC II. Brittany Mazzu, one of eight players to score, had 14 points and seven steals. Emily Ludwig added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Platek of the Chiefs led all scorers with 21 points.

Freshman Tina Partridge had her first game in double figures as Tonawanda beat Medina, 61-38. Partridge had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting with nine rebounds and four steals. "We called her up halfway through the season and she's been doing a nice job for us," said coach Jay Hall. Karissa Dolney led the Warriors with 24 points and seven rebounds.
Erin O'Brien had 13 points and six assists for Nardin in a 36-23 win over Mount St. Mary in the Monsignor Martin Association.

Heather Delson had 11 points and five assists and Damaris Mason added 13 points for Ripley in a 40-35 decision over Maple Grove. Madeline Apperson had 14 rebounds for the Red Dragons.

Kate Wiess had 16 points and 13 rebounds as JFK beat Christian Central, 64-46, in a nonleague game.

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Catholic bowling states near

The qualifiers for the fifth annual Catholic State Bowling Championships have been announced. Western New York will host the event for the first time on March 7 at Thruway Lanes starting at 10 a.m. A field of 25 will bowl four games over eight lanes and the top five will compete in a step-ladder final.

Qualifiers from the Monsignor Martin Association include: Ted Chojecki (St. Francis), Stephano Cirrito (St. Joe's), Phil Tabbi (St. Joe's), Corey Wells (St. Francis), Mike Shaw (St. Joe's), Steve Walesczak (St. Francis), James Leslie (Cardinal O'Hara), Matt Kwiatkowski (Canisius), Will Munschauer (Cardinal O'Hara), Ryan Fiust-Klink (Canisius), Jake Hallac (Canisius), Sam Saltal (Cardinal O'Hara), Andrew Keating (Canisius).

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Nichols to play in PrimeTime

Nichols is among the high school teams being featured at the the PrimeTime Shootout in New Jersey, widely acclaimed as the country's best high school hoops showcase. The Vikings will play Trenton Central High on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.

As many as 200 college basketball scouts from Divisions I, II and III as well as European professional team scouts are expected.

The field also includes the 2008 National Champion St. Anthony's of Jersey City and seven-time National Champion Oak Hill Academy of Virginia.

PrimeTime Shootout will raise money for the benefit of Children's Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country.

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Benefit for Morris March 29

A benefit for DeShanaro Morris, the Sweet Home football player paralyzed Dec. 31 in a car accident, will be March 29 from 2-6 p.m. at Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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