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High School Extra (Dec. 24): Timon-St. Jude wins in four OTs; Brinker lifts East Aurora girls

Brinker leads East Aurora

Both East Aurora and Holland came into Tuesday night’s nonleague girls basketball matchup averaging more than 50 points a game.

When they played each other, they barely broke 30.

East Aurora won the defensive battle, 38-30, to remain undefeated this season.

“It was a defensive war,” East Aurora coach Gary Schutrum said. “No one got in a groove offensively. You worked for every basket you could get.

“The defense was great on both ends. I was pretty pleased with our defensive effort, challenging shots and getting a hand up.”

Emma Brinker scored 20 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for the Blue Devils (5-0). She scored eight of the team’s 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Point guard Julianna Meisenheimer had eight points, including hitting a pair of three-pointers, with four assists, three steals and three rebounds.

Olivia Schmidt led Holland (5-2) with 12 points.

O’Hara edges Starpoint

Cardinal O’Hara handed Starpoint its first loss of the season, defeating the Spartans, 59-46, in a nonleague girls basketball game.

Summer Hemphill had 21 points with 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the Hawks (5-1). Anndea Zeigler added nine points with six assists and five steals.

Timon outlasts St. Mary’s

It took four overtimes, but Bishop Timon-St.Jude finally closed out an 82-80 win over St. Mary’s/Lancaster.

“It was two and a half hours of basketball and just great work by both teams,” Timon coach Joe Mihalics said. “Both teams were exhausted at the end.

“We full-court pressured them. They handed it a couple of times and we got a couple of steals when we needed them. There were big shots by both teams, lots of energy. It just was a great high school game.”

Joe Harrison had 22 points for Timon (2-3). Takal Molson scored 30 for St. Mary’s (4-1), including hitting five from behind the arc.