Sylvia gets game-winner
Kenmore East had to wait a while to reach the small school Federation hockey final, but it was well worth it.
Alex Sylvia scored his second goal at 6:02 of the third overtime to lift Kenmore East to a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Williamsville East.
"He was one of our players that was going wide and taking it to the net constantly," Bulldogs coach Kyle Pray said. "He beat the goaltender through the legs."
Kenmore East will play Williamsville South in Sunday's final at Buffalo State at 1. South beat Sweet Home, 4-3, after four overtimes and a nine-man shootout.
A-2 has rash of upsets
In the A-2 quarterfinals, three of the higher seeds lost. No. 7 Amherst pounded second-seeded East, 70-41. Shaquita Smith had 26 points for Amherst. No. 3 South Park was no match for sixth-seeded Depew, 83-44. Alexis Wayne had 30 points for the Wildcats, who outscored South Park, 21-6, in the third quarter. No. 5 Albion jumped out to a 32-15 lead at the half and beat No. 4 Bennett, 52-42. Chelsea Beecher led Albion with 15 points.
In AA play, No. 5 Orchard Park shut down No. 4 Kenmore West, 44-24. Jaymie Druding had 13 points and 17 rebounds for the Quakers.
The rest of the night went according to form. In AA, top-seeded Lockport improved to 18-3 with a 71-41 win over No. 8 Niagara-Wheatfield. Carolina Randall led the Lions with 17 points. . . . No. 2 Williamsville North struggled with Lancaster, 51-46, as Corrin Genovese had 10 points and five assists. . . . No. 3 Jamestown blasted No. 6 Frontier, 62-41, with Erinne Cunningham leading the way with 25 points.
In A-1, top seed Williamsville East received 17 points and nine rebounds from Taylor Klun in a 51-36 win over No. 9 Iroquois. . . . No. 2 Kenmore East beat No. 7 Hamburg, 41-31, thanks to Jordyn Broas' 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.. . . No. 3 Sweet Home handled No. 6 Williamsville South, 68-44. Ellie Allen of Sweet Home set a career high with 37 despite leaving the game early, while Bianca Smiley had 10 rebounds. . . . No. 4 Grand Island scored early and often in defeating Hutch-Tech, 70-37. Kallie Banker had 23 points and eight assists for the Vikings.
In A-2, No. 1 Pioneer pulled away from No. 9 Maryvale, 61-38. Jenna Crabb led Pioneer with 23 points. In B-1 play, top seed Olean crunched No. 9 Springville, 70-34, as Rachel Kasperski had 18 points and nine rebounds. . . . Katrina Barber had 19 points and 10 assists for No. 2 Lackawanna in a 66-44 win over No. 10 Alden. . . . No. 4 Fredonia received 16 points from Mary Kate Bongiovanni in a 52-20 win over No. 5 Eden.
In B-2, top seed City Honors had its hands full but hung on for a 38-36 win over No. 8 JFK. Sarah Miller had 13 points and 16 rebounds for City Honors, which was able to hold off a fourth-quarter rally from the Bears. . . . Jessica Curry had 17 points while Ashley Smith had four three-pointers in the first quarter, as No. 2 Wilson topped No. 7 Gowanda, 54-31. . . . No. 4 Roy-Hart downed No. 5 Akron, 53-47, thanks to 22 points and nine rebounds from Liz DeWaters. . . . Third seed Allegany-Limestone defeated No. 6 Falconer, 71-30. A-L had four players in double figures, including Samantha Stayer's 16 points and 11 rebounds.
In the IAC final, second-seeded Park took a 34-31 win over top-seeded Christian Central. Marta Plonk and Leyana Steed hit big shots down the stretch for Park.
"The girls are really excited," coach Anna Scirri of Park said. "They played a fantastic game."
O'Hara moves along
Cardinal O'Hara is headed to the Manhattan Cup Class B boys basketball finals against St. Mary's on Sunday. It defeated Niagara Catholic, 68-50. The teams were tied, 44-44, after three quarters. Then Dazmon Knight had 10 points in the fourth quarter, while Brendan Brady added six of his game-high 22 points.
Elsewhere, Christian Central captured the IAC title with a 48-23 win over Falk. Geoff Crawford led CC with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
St. Mary's School for the Deaf defeated Rochester, 90-83, in the ESDAA Division II tournament in Scranton, Pa. Mike Lumley had 45 points.