Co-champs in Canisius Cup
Bennett needed to beat South Park on Friday to earn a share of this year's Canisius Cup girls basketball title. South Park had other ideas.
The Sparks, with four girls in double figures, denied Bennett, 79-69, in what turned out to be a memorable Senior Night. East (12-1) and City Honors (12-1) ended the regular season as co-champions. Bennett settled for third at 11-2.
"We're happy to win every game we play," said South Park coach Kim MacKinnon. "I didn't look at it like we're going to be the spoiler or anything. We just wanted to give our seniors a victory for the last game in their careers."
South Park had four girls in double figures. Kiara Melendez had a season-high 24 points, Tashika Brewster had 20, Ashley Grimes added 15 and Morgan Travis tallied 14. Grimes handed out six assists as South Park jumped to a 27-11 lead after the first quarter.
Sarah Hussein had 12 points as City Honors beat daVinci, 42-21. It is the third time in four years the Centaurs have won or shared the city title. . . . Junior forward Tiauna Young had 30 points and 23 rebounds as East won its 10th in a row by beating Grover Cleveland, 88-24.
Depew edges rival Lancaster
Taylor Schrimmel hit two free throws with 30 seconds left as the Depew girls basketball team held off rival Lancaster, 41-40. It was an emotional game for both teams. There was a moment of silence before the game in memory of Darren Tolsma, a 1981 Depew graduate, who was killed last week on Continental Flight 3407. Tolsma's daughter is a track athlete at Lancaster.
It was first meeting between the rivals since the 2004-05 season. Depew holds a 23-16 lead in the series, which began in 1977-78.
Michelle Green had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Alexis Wayne added 12 points as Depew outscored Lancaster, 18-10, in the fourth quarter.
Lindsey Burke's 26 points powered No. 4 large school Lockport to a 61-56 win over No. 2 Nichols in the Lockport Kiwanis Tournament. Moriah Camp led Nichols with 22 points.
In the earlier game, Jenna Rickan scored eight of her 11 points in the decisive third quarter as Kenmore West beat Williamsville East, 44-35. The Blue Devils (16-4) built a 35-20 lead after three quarters. Taylor Klun led the Flames with 13 points.
Nichols hockey wins title
The Nichols girls hockey team clinched the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association regular-season title Friday with a 4-1 win at Appleby (Ont.). Nichols, the defending league champions, had a two-point lead going into the game.
The Vikings jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Torre Salmon and Hannah Epstein. They added two more goals in the third when freshman Emily Janiga scored on a breakaway and captain Jackie Greco connected on a shot from the point.