Frontier's win sets up clash with Jamestown
Usually visiting teams don't fare too well in games at Jamestown, but Frontier won't be intimidated when it travels to the Southern Tier this Thursday and with good reason.
The Falcons earned a win at Jamestown just last Thursday, so that will add a little intrigue to the Section VI Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal between the two ECIC I rivals.
No. 6 Frontier earned another shot at the third-seeded Red Raiders by handling No. 11 Clarence, 49-37, on Tuesday night to open the Section VI Tournament.
Jaimie Warren had 13 points and six assists, while Beth Fabian added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (12-9), who used a 10-0 closing run in the third quarter to pull away after the Red Devils had pulled within 28-26. Kara Depalma had five of her seven points during the blitz for Frontier, whose 67-64 win at Jamestown last week cost the Red Raiders (17-3) the top seed in the tournament and made them a co-champion in ECIC I with Williamsville North, which earned a No. 2 seed for sectionals.
Since Nov. 26, 2005, Pine Valley, Sacred Heart and Frontier are the only teams to win at Jamestown.
"I think we're going in there pretty confident," Falcons coach Ed Lewis said. "That was a pretty important game for them. . . . I think we have depth and we can do it again."
Also in Class AA, Orchard Park had little trouble advancing to the quarterfinals as the No. 5 seed drubbed No. 12 North Tonawanda, 66-36, to earn a date at No. 4 Kenmore West. Taylor Swiatek led the Quakers with 18 points, while Julia Smith added 15 points, five assists and two steals. . . . Sam Wozniak had 15 points and six of Lancaster's 29 steals as the seventh-seeded Redskins drubbed No. 10 Niagara Falls, 58-30. Maria Kotas had eight steals, while Lindsey Morgan had seven as Lancaster forced 41 turnovers. . . . Katie Kroening had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kayley Oddo had 13 points, while Stephanie Schmidt grabbed 14 boards during eighth-seeded Niagara-Wheatfield's 56-51 win over No. 9 West Seneca West. Kelsey Walck added 11 points in the win.
Solid Maryvale is too much for Starpoint
Ninth-seeded Maryvale played with poise, made free throws and played decent defense to earn a 55-49 Section VI Class A-2 girls basketball tournament win at No. 8 Starpoint.
Olivia Gmerek scored a game-high 24 points for Maryvale, canning 12 of 14 from the line, and finished with six assists, while Rebecca Dennee added 10 points for the Flyers (14-7), who will face top-seeded Pioneer on Thursday.
Also in Class A-2, No. 7 Amherst lives to play another game and Shaquita Smith had a hand in that as she poured in a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds during the Tigers' 51-37 win over No. 10 Lewiston-Porter. . . . Depew scored more points in one half (44) than Cheektowaga did during their entire prequarterfinal clash. Taylor Schrimmel scored all of her 17 points in the first half and had 12 assists, while Alexis Wayne finished with a game-high 25 points during the No. 6 Wildcats' 81-39 rout of the No. 11 seeds.
Class A-1: Julie Hagner had 21 points, while Noelle Miller added 17 during No. 7 Hamburg's 60-41 win over No. 10 West Seneca East. . . . No. 9 Iroquois used a 15-6 fourth quarter to pull out a 46-37 win at No. 8 Lake Shore. Ashley Platek (10 rebounds) had five of her 13 points in the fourth.
Class B-1: Lindsey Boling went 9 for 10 from the line and had 20 points for No. 10 Alden, which earned its second win of the season by beating No. 7 Newfane, 51-41.
Class B-2: JFK won a Cheektowaga rumble as the No. 8 seed edged No. 9 Cleveland Hill, 40-32, behind Stacey Kochanowski's 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jamie Nash's 15 points.
Class C: Alanna Causebrook had 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals as No. 9 Westfield flustered No. 8 CSAT with its press during a 34-12 first half en route to a 56-35 triumph. . . . Meg DeMario had 14 points and Molly Winch 11 rebounds in No. 5 Holland's 35-23 win over No. 12 Barker.
Slick road to Buffalo State begins tonight
Hockey's version of the road to Buffalo State begins tonight as the Western New York Varsity Federation Catholic Schools' semifinals take place at 7 and 9 in the Amherst Pepsi Center.
Defending state Catholic champ and top seed St. Joe's (19-2-4) faces Bishop Timon-St. Jude (13-12-2) in the early game, while No. 2 Canisius (18-6-1) meets No. 3 St. Francis (9-11-3) in the late game. Winners advance to Sunday's 6 p.m. championship game at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
The Fed's Small and Large schools semifinals take place Thursday and Friday at the Pepsi Center with winners advancing to title games Sunday at Buffalo State.