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High School Extra (Dec. 20): Sweet Home is up to the Challenge

Sweet Home up to the Challenge

Sweet Home held off St. Francis for a 53-51 victory on Friday night in the boys basketball ADPRO Public/Private Challenge being hosted at St. Joe’s. The popular event features 11 games played over three days.

The Panthers were leading by three points in the final seconds. They intentionally fouled at midcourt to give St. Francis two harmless free throws. St. Francis made the first, missed the second. They stole an inbounds pass, but missed a last-second shot. Brandon Smiley led Sweet Home with 14 points. Kordell Holness-Lightbody of the Red Raiders led all scorers with 23 points.

St. Joe’s held Kenmore West to 15 points in the first half of a 66-52 victory. Grant Beyer had 15 points and seven rebounds while Ed Tabone added 14. “We used pressure defense, played uptempo,” said coach Mark Simon. “We had a lot of emotion coming out of the gate. After losing three in row we weren’t too happy.”

Nichols rode a 24-point third quarter to a 59-43 win over Silver Creek. Will Johnson scored 14 of his game-high 20 points off the bench for the Vikings. Johnson finished with five three-pointers with five assists.

“Silver Creek was packing in the zone and we shot the ball well in the third quarter to open it up,” said Nichols coach John Reinholz.

Frontier beats West in OT

Frontier outscored West Seneca West, 11-4, in overtime on its way to a 65-58 victory in ECIC I. The Falcons trailed by two points with 15 seconds left in regulation. A basket by Jake Gleason with 2 seconds left off a steal by Mike Evancho sent the game into OT. Jay Bergmann had a game-high 30 points, including eight in the overtime.

Freshman Lawrence Spincer hit a three-pointer to give Emerson the lead for good in a 43-41 win over daVinci. Spincer finished with 14 points while Justin Acker added 12 with 13 rebounds. Da Vinci got the ball back with five seconds left but Emerson’s defense held.

Medina made 10 free throws down the stretch to beat Newfane, 57-52, in the Niagara-Orleans League opener for both schools. Jason Hellwig led the Mustangs with 22 points.

O’Hara girls edge Jamestown

Anndea Zeigler hit a free throw with 14 seconds left as O’Hara held off Jamestown, 42-41. Zeigler finished with 11 points. The contest featured last year’s Section VI Class AA champions against the Class A Federation champions from O’Hara. The Hawks led by as many as 10 points before Jamestown roared back.

The Red Raiders were 13 of 29 from the line, O’Hara 6 of 11. Chrisanna Green of Jamestown led all scorers with 22 points.

Randolph put up some impressive numbers as McKenna Maycock had 39 points in a 101-33 win over Catt./Little Valley.

Janae Brannon had 38 points, seven assists and seven steals as Emerson beat City Honors, 58-40, in the Canisius Cup.

Gretta Dry poured in 29 points and Alyssa Wagner added 14 with 25 rebounds as Lockport beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 59-37, in the NFL.

200th win for Bulldogs’ Pray

Sophomore forward Justin Watson had one goal and two assists as the Kenmore East Frederation hockey team gave coach Kyle Pray his 200th career win, beating Grand Island, 5-2. The loss was the first of the season for GI (3-1), which is coached by Pray’s brother, Don.

Kyle Pray has coached the past eight seasons for East after spending six at Kenmore West. Among his coaching highlights was leading East to a state title in 2012.

Zach Biasillo scored in overtime as Orchard Park beat Clarence, 4-3, in overtime. … Steve Mazzone had five assists while Ryan DiPasquale and Robert Gerow had hat tricks for St. Francis in a 10-1 win over Lockport.

Meyer named All-American

Two weeks after being named the Gatorade Player of the Year for New York, Leah Meyer added another prestigious honor. The St. Mary’s of Lancaster senior was named to the MaxPreps 2014 All-American Girls Volleyball second team.

The 6-foot-3 middle blocker led the Lancers to a 47-0-1 record and the Catholic state championship. Despite missing the postseason with a foot injury, she recorded 460 kills, 139 digs, 79 blocks and 53 service aces while hitting at a .468 percentage. She’s a three-time Monsignor Martin Association Player of the Year and a four-time All-Conference selection. She’ll be taking her talents to Duke next fall.