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Springville survives scare; Iroquois down, but not out; Hutch-Tech rallies in final seconds to win

A furious rally and a big second half from Olivia Emerling allowed No. 2 seed Springville to beat upset-minded No. 10 Depew, 54-47, in a Section VI, Class B-1 quarterfinal played on Saturday.

Host Springville trailed by 15 points in the third quarter. The Griffins took their first lead, 48-46, on a basket by Emerling on an out-of-bounds play.

"We played like we hadn't played in 11 days," said Springville coach Chris Matthewson. "We committed to better defense and competing for rebounds. The shots started to fall after that. They almost gave me a heart attack, but we got the win."

Emerling had 14 of her 18 points in the second half. Tia Woodarek added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

In other Class B-1 quarters, Maggie Balcerzak had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Alba Perez added 16 rebounds and five steals as Medina eliminated Tonawanda, 41-29.

Kaylee Pearl had 14 points and Maggie Moore grabbed 13 rebounds as Olean beat Eden, 45-35.

*Class A-1: Hutch-Tech erased a four-point deficit with 15 seconds left to edge Lake Shore, 38-37. Brittnee Perry made a three-pointer to make it a one-point game and Mykia Simpson hit the go-ahead basket with 6 seconds left. Perry finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Simpson had 12 rebounds.

Iroquois was hit with another injury blow this week, but you couldn't tell by the first quarter it put together. The Chiefs hit five three-pointers during a 23-6 first quarter as it went on to 55-39 victory over Williamsville South.

Iroquois, which had already lost starters Kristen Audette and Cayla Slade to injury this season, had leading scorer Colleen Wirth (11 ppg.) suffer a season-ending ankle injury in a scrimmage.

"They rallied around her," said Iroquois coach Frank Payne. "We came into practice Wednesday and it was all gloom and doom. I said we just have to fight through the injury again. They had to step it up and they did."

Jenny Colvin hit five three-pointers for her 15 points, Lauren Jensen had three threes among her 13 and K.C. Sokolski 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Chiefs (16-3).

Kallie Banker had a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists and Cassie Oursler had 23 points as Grand Island beat Williamsville East, 55-18.

Alexis Smith had 26 points and Nicole Thiel handed out 15 assists as Hamburg ended Kenmore East's season, 69-47.

*Class A-2: Theresa Fleckenstein had 13 points to lead 10 scorers in Lew-Port's 65-37 win over host Bennett. The Lancers jumped out to a 23-8 lead after the first quarter. Janine Cubello added 11 points for the Lancers (8-11).

Becca Durant had 12 points and four steals and Hillary Nason had 11 rebounds to go with eight points as East Aurora beat Amherst, 61-17.

Shannon Rogers had 14 points and Mikaela Connelly added 13 with six rebunds as Pioneer beat Maryale, 50-34. It was the Panthers' third win over the Flyers.

*Class B-2: Jesse Dewaters had 16 points and five assists as Roy-Hart advanced with a 42-38 win over visiting Gowanda. DeWaters and Olivia Kelkenberg combined to make four free throws in the last 45 seconds. Hannah Phearsdorf had 16 points and Lindsey Forness added 14 as Allegany-Limestone beat City Honors, 47-22.

*Class C-1: Tess Follman had 23 points and Alyssa Stahlman added 15 with 17 rebounds as Salamanca eliminated Holland, 51-44. Candis Kapuscinski led the Dutchwomen with 19 points.

*Class C-2: Kayla Welty had 18 points, including six three-pointers as Portville beat Silver Creek, 73-45. The Panthers' Sarah Kichman led all scorers with 24 points. Portville broke the game open with a 24-point second quarter as Welty connected for three of her threes.

Emily Foy had 17 points and five blocks and Shawna Raymond added 15 as Frewsburg advanced with a 73-31 win over Westfield.

McKenna Maycock erupted for 28 points and Marah Maycock added 21 as Randolph downed Franklinville, 85-32.

*Class D: Janae Hamilton had 20 points and 19 rebounds as Ellicottville beat Panama for the third time, 42-38.

Dani Reinwald poured in 34 points, had 22 rebounds and six blocks as Clymer improved to 18-1 with a 65-47 win over West Valley.