Holy Angels gets another ranked win
It was a bit of a signature week for the Holy Angels girls basketball team. On Tuesday night, the Angels knocked off Wilson, ranked No. 2 in The Buffalo News' small schools poll.
On Wednesday, they battled No. 10 Eden and earned a 49-48 win.
"We are not ranked yet and our losses have been to good teams," Angels coach Fran Snyder said. "These are two really nice wins back-to-back against teams in the polls and it gives the players confidence, especially the younger girls."
It was the freshmen who carried the load in the fourth quarter for the Angels (3-3) as Jontay Walton hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to ice the win and cap her team-best 14-point performance along with five steals and five rebounds. Awilda Murphy added 10 points, including going 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.
The Angels were up five points at halftime but Eden (3-3) went on an 11-0 run to start the second and take a 27-21 lead.
"Eden was able to handle our press. They're well-coached and really good at handling the pressure," Snyder said. "It came down to a half-court game in the fourth quarter and we ran a good half-court set to get the win."
Lynn-Lee Stresing had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Eden.
Henning's foul shots lift City Honors
With 15 seconds left in the game, Fiona Henning hit a pair of free throws to secure a 29-24 win for City Honors over Hutch-Tech in non-league girls basketball action.
Henning finished with nine points for the Centaurs (2-2).
"Hutch-Tech came back in the last quarter with a full-court press and we were able to hold them off," City Honors coach Dave Curry said. "Fiona is my point guard and she took over the game in the last quarter. She has good ball control and she is totally fearless and was able to penetrate their press."
Brittnee Perry had 15 points for Hutch-Tech (0-4).
Reed puts up big numbers
It was a rare statistical performance -- a quadruple double -- as Elle Reed filled the box score in Sherman's 63-13 win over Ripley in CCIAC IV girls basketball.
Reed, a sophomore guard, scored 22 points with 12 rebounds, 12 steals and 10 assists. She had three three-pointers for good measure as Sherman improved to 4-1 overall.
Defense propels Jamestown to league win
Better defense and 23 second-half points from Jaysean Paige gave Jamestown a 67-48 win over Frontier in the ECIC I opener for the Red Raiders (3-1, 1-0).
Frontier, ranked No. 10 in the large schools poll, jumped out to a 17-8 first-quarter lead. But the No. 2-ranked Red Raiders played better defense in the second and third quarters and found their offensive stride.
"We just got off to a slow start and in the middle two quarters we tightened up defensively," Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. "We were playing more aggressively in the second quarter and got back into the game."
The third quarter proved decisive as Jamestown went on a 23-8 run.
Paige scored 23 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, hitting three three-pointers and adding 10 rebounds. Darin Butts had 18 points and five assists.
Stasiak, Licata pace Williamsville South
With a scoring outburst in the third quarter, Williamsville South earned a 71-59 win over West Seneca East in ECIC II boys basketball.
The Billies (4-1) took a 24-22 halftime lead, then scored 26 points in the third quarter to take control of the game.
"We came out and played with more energy in the third quarter," Williamsville South coach Al Monaco said. "Our press started clicking and I think it was just a natural emotional letdown after we played in a tournament in Jamestown this weekend."
Phil Stasiak and Joe Licata combined for 18 points in that quarter. Stasiak finished with 19 points while Licata had 18 -- on six three-pointers. That leaves him 11 short of the all-time Section VI record.
Tonawanda stays undefeated
Jesse Lalka scored 24 points while Clayton Hess netted 21 as Tonawanda stayed undefeated with a 62-35 win over North Tonawanda in non-league boys basketball action.
Clayton added six rebounds while Kyle Schroeder pulled in nine boards for the Warriors (5-0) ranked No. 9 in the latest small schools poll.
"We have great continuity and we're playing well together," Tonawanda coach Hank Hughes said. "They worked hard in the offseason and it's starting to pay off. We did well protecting the ball and only had a few turnovers."