>Estarfaa scores 42 for Maryvale
It was a career night, and almost a record-breaking night, for Maryvale's Blair Estarfaa. The senior had a career-best 42 points as the Flyers defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 65-45, in nonleague boys basketball action Tuesday night.
The 42 points was one short of the school record, held by Ryan Mohr, a member of the Maryvale coaching staff. Estarfaa finished the night shooting 14 of 24 from the field, 5 of 9 from three-point range and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
>Williams keys Timon-St. Jude
In Bishop Timon-St. Jude's last time out, Jordan Williams couldn't find his rhythm from outside and his team lost. The good news? It only took him one game to rediscover his touch. Riding the shooting stroke of Williams, Timon-St. Jude (11-3, 4-1 Monsignor Martin) knocked off St. Mary's of Lancaster, 54-34. The No. 7 large school in The Buffalo News' poll raced to a 17-5 lead after the first quarter to cruise past the No. 2 small school.
Williams scored 18 points, including 13 in the first half, to give his team the big advantage. Averaging 14 points per game, he struggled in Timon's recent loss to Bishop Kearney. Against St. Mary's, however, he found his rhythm with four baskets behind the arc.
"He can slash to the basket, too, but tonight most of his shots were outside," Timon coach Jim Palano said. "He has a shooter's mentality and we want him to shoot."
>Ken West girls win on block
Lauren Czarniak only scored two points Tuesday. But the Kenmore West junior saved the day with a heroic play on defense to preserve a 31-30 win over Lancaster in nonleague girls basketball action. With six seconds to go, down one, Lancaster moved the ball upcourt with two quick passes. But Czarniak swatted away a player's layup to give the Blue Devils the win. In the tight, back-and-forth game, Ken West (5-7) was powered on offense almost exclusively by Jessica Jolley (13 points) and Taylor Mundell (10 points, 12 rebounds).
In other girls nonleague play, Alden used clutch free-throw shooting in overtime to top Amherst, 45-41. The Bulldogs converted 8 of 9 shots at the charity stripe in the extra session. Senior Tori Delzer scored 15 points and Lindsey Kocher scored all six of her points in OT to lead Alden (9-4).