Kenmore West wins again
It didn't come easy but with another come-from-behind triumph, Kenmore West extended its winning streak to eight games Thursday night with a 55-52 win at Lockport in boys Niagara Frontier League basketball.
Without go-to scorer Ryan Grandits, who was sick, junior Martin Bailey stepped up to keep Kenmore West's streak in tact. Bailey erupted for 30 points, including 13 in the fourth.
Lockport (5-6, 4-4) took a one-point lead with 1:50 left, but Bailey answered with a three-pointer on the other end with 30 seconds to go and Ken West (8-2, 6-2) held on.
"At one point, [Lockport] hit six jumpers in a row and the crowd was rocking," Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze said. "But Bailey stepped up."
In addition to his huge offensive night, Bailey also had seven steals, including three in the fourth. Ken West's streak hasn't been a breeze. Three of the school's last four victories have been comeback wins.
Joked Meetze: "I'm getting more gray hairs, that's for sure."
Deantre Cullins led Lockport with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Alden girls score big win
Alden girls basketball coach Bob Delzer hopes this win is a sign of things to come for his program. Delzer's team defeated Eden, 41-40, in ECIC IV on Lindsey Kocher's basket from the low block with seven seconds left.
Having lost to the powerhouse by large margins in recent memory, Delzer says this win is a huge step forward.
"Eden is the program a lot of teams in our division would like to be like," he said. "For us to beat them is quite an accomplishment."
Sophomore Miranda Daucher scored 13 points, including nine in the fourth, to lead Alden.
"We finally decided to get the ball inside and she definitely dominated," Delzer said. Eden actually went up by a point with less than 30 seconds left on a three-pointer by Jenna Phillips (15 points). Kocher answered and Alden (8-4, 5-3) won.
Eden falls to 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the league.
DeWaters lifts Roy-Hart
Jesse DeWaters drilled two free throws with 15 seconds left to lift Roy-Hart to a 43-41 triumph over Medina in Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball.
In a back-and-forth game throughout, Medina (7-2, 5-2) took a 41-39 lead with 40 seconds to go. Roy-Hart's Jillian Smith scored to tie it up, her team got a stop and DeWaters' buckets iced the game. Medina was unable to get a shot off on its last possession.
DeWaters led all scorers with 15 points, as Haley Harrington added 10 for Roy-Hart (6-4, 4-4).
"Jesse hit big free throws when we needed them," Roy-Hart coach Don Baker said. "The game was on the line, everybody was screaming and she stepped up and knocked them both in."
Ken East hockey earns shutout
Kenmore East had a solid all-around game to blank Grand Island, 4-0, in Federation boys hockey action at the Northtown Center. Dan Giliforte scored two goals with an assist and Mike Davern (18 saves) earned the shutout.
"We had some good solid goaltending from Mike," Kenmore East coach Kyle Pray said. "He made some timely saves for us."
Also scoring for Ken East (9-5, 6-3) were Justin Telesco and Andy Robinson.
"This is a big win tonight and right now we've won five in a row," Pray said. "We're hitting a part of the schedule where we feel like we can win a few more and get ready for sectionals."