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High School Extra (Jan. 24): Ford lifts Ken West over Falls

Ford lifts Ken West

When Kenmore West needed a big play, Terrell Ford was there. The junior scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to lift the Blue Devils to a 77-72 win over Niagara Falls.

It was the first loss of the season in Niagara Frontier League play for Niagara Falls, while defending champion Ken West evened its league mark at 4-4.

“Every time Niagara Falls made a run, Ford was there,” Ken West coach Mike Meetze said. “He got the ball to the right kids and hit a couple of big threes.

“The first half of the season we were 3-4 in the NFL and we talked about the second time through being able to play everyone again, we can see how we improved. We handled adversity well tonight. Earlier in the season we would have folded.”

Tyler Aquilina hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to give Ken West the five-point lead.

Trent White scored 13 points with 16 rebounds and two blocks for the Blue Devils.

Mikey Bermudez led Niagara Falls with 18 points.

With Niagara Falls suffering its first loss, North Tonawanda took over first place, remaining undefeated in NFL play with a 45-34 win over Niagara-Wheatfield. Chris Woodward had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Ryan Gilbert scored his nine points on three three-pointers and added seven steals.

In other NFL action, Kelly Brown had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to pace the Lockport boys to a 59-56 overtime win against Grand Island.

A back-and-forth overtime ended with the Lions holding on for the win. Andre Austin led Lockport with 16 points.

Amherst gets team win

A composed team effort, particularly in the second half, helped Amherst to a 73-63 win over Cheektowaga. The Tigers improved to 10-1 overall and 6-0 in ECIC III.

Amherst had a 29-23 halftime lead after both teams opened a little tight. The lids came off the baskets in the second half and a 20-15 spurt by the Tigers in the third quarter gave them some breathing room.

TC Brown had 26 points with 10 rebounds and four assists. Nathan Waldu had 14 points with 11 rebounds while Darian Lowe also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amadi Ikpeze blocked five shots to go with his 11 points.

“It was a solid overall team effort and I’m really proud of them,” Amherst coach Chris Kensy said. “We did a good job defensively and held them to one shot, contested shots and boxed out.”

Threes key Starpoint

A hot shooting night from three-point range helped Starpoint to a 56-55 win over Sweet Home in girls ECIC II basketball.

Jenna Faulkner hit six three-pointers to score 18 points while Karen Kreppenneck hit four threes for 12 points.

Sweet Home’s Neraelyn Trueheart hit a three in the final minute and fouled Faulkner. She missed the free throw but Jess Wilson secured the rebound and Starpoint (8-4, 6-2) held on for the win. Truehart finished with 17 for Sweet Home (4-6, 2-6).

Wilson continues to roll

The Wilson girls picked up their 36th straight Niagara-Orleans League win with a 54-42 triumph over Newfane.

The Lakers went on a 15-4 third-quarter run to secure the win in a battle of undefeated teams in the league.

Kayla Neumann had 16 points, seven steals and five rebounds while Serina Jaeger had 10 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

Simpson gives Emerson win

Michael Simpson scored the winning basket at the buzzer to give Emerson a 57-55 win over MST Seneca in Yale Cup Division I boys basketball.

Emerson used its defense to convert turnovers into points and tied the game with 16 seconds left. Lawrence Spencer missed a three-point shot but Simpson grabbed the rebound inside the free-throw line and hit the put-back to win the game. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 24 points while Justin Acker had 14 rebounds with his 21 points.

Allen sets records

The swimming records keep falling for Alize Allen. The junior at City Honors set another individual mark and was part of another relay as the Centaurs beat Hutch-Tech and Riverside in a tri-meet.

Allen set the Buffalo Public School record, along with the City Honors pool and school mark, in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:18.70.

She was part of the 200 freestyle team that also set a city, pool and school record as Allen swam with Maryellen Crawley, Emma Caley and Julia Anderson in a time of 1:51.50.

Allen has set a number of records this season, including three other individual city marks in the 100 backstroke (1:04.40), 100 butterfly (59.58) and the 50 free (25.00). She set pool and school records in the 500 free (5:37.90) and 200 free (2:02.83) and was part of two record-setting 400 free relay teams.