Kenmore West held Clarence scoring leader Tori Nappo to three points in defeating the Red Devils, 38-32, in a tense defensive struggle between the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds in the Section VI Class AA girls basketball quarterfinals Tuesday.
It was a low-scoring affair even though the Blue Devils played their patented pressing defense the whole game.
"I'm not making any excuses," said Kenmore West coach Mike Licata. "Clarence sat in a zone, which was pretty good strategy on their part. We've always had faith in our defense but we've got to work a little bit on the offense end.
"We knew Nappo was by far their best player, averaging 17 a game. We knew we had to try to take care of her. She only scored three points and that took Clarence out of their game offensively. Still she was a tremendous defensive player. It took all of our energy trying to stop her.
Lexi Panepinto had the assignment on Nappo most of the game with some relief from her sister, Jenna.
Jenna Panepinto led Kenmore West with 12 points, including three three-point shots.
Clarence was led by junior Katie Devine's 11 points.
Lancaster, the No. 1 seed in Class AA, used a 24-point second quarter to take charge of the game and went to a decisive 56-34 triumph over Niagara Falls in another quarterfinal game. Despite the Falls' modest record coming in (10-9), the Redskins had reason to be wary.
"Niagara Falls knocked us out of the sectionals last year on our home floor, so this meant a lot to our team," said Lancaster coach Karen Catalano.
Sara Saba had 18 points and Katie Healy 16 to lead the No. 1-ranked large school Redskins.
No. 2 seed Jamestown had no difficulty with Niagara-Wheatfield, advancing with a 99-49 triumph over the Falcons. Nicole Green led the Red Raiders with 22 points.
Lockport, the No. 3 seed, also advanced easily, rolling past Frontier, 72-41. Marisa Guyton had 17 points and Sara Franco 13 for the Lady Lions, who held Frontier to just 14 points in the second half.
MONSIGNOR MARTIN: Holy Angels, the No. 1 seed, had no difficulty passing its first test in the girls playoffs, rolling past Mount Mercy, 61-29. Clarisa Matias (21 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Jontay Walton (19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) and points guard Awilda Murphy (nine assists) stood out for the Angels.
Alyssa Donnelly scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, helping Nardin build a 13-point lead on the way to a 52-46 triumph over Nichols in the other quarterfinal at Canisius College. Donnelly also had 12 rebounds while Colleen Daley had 10 boards. Kylie Reinholz had 22 points for Nichols which whittled what had been an 18-point deficit to three in the final minute.
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Class C-2: Standout performances by Skyler Liddell (20 points, 12 rebounds) and Alex Grace (18 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 5 steals) led Maple Grove over MST Seneca in a semifinal at Jamestown Community College. Aaron Frasier had 18 points for MST Seneca.