Billies pass test
The Lockport Invitational had two very different girls basketball games, each interesting in its own way.
Lockport won a thriller from Nardin, taking an 84-82 decision in overtime. Nardin tied the game at the end of regulation on a three-pointer, but Alyssa Wagner scored the final two of her 29 points just before the buzzer for Lockport to win. It’s a great way to get ready for the pressure games that might come in the postseason.
“Games like these make your kids think about situational play,” Lockport coach Karen Catalano said. “When you have the chance, you break the game down and talk about decision-making.”
Next up for Lockport is Williamsville South, the No. 4 large school team. The Billies knocked off previously unbeaten Chautauqua Lake, the No. 1 small school team, 71-48.
“Williamsville South looks really good for a playoff push,” Catalano said.
Allegany-Limestone had a nice 60-56 win over East Aurora, leaving both teams at 17-2. Allison Watson had 16 points for A/L.
Eagles fly high
Cleveland Hill still has a little time to celebrate its ECIC IV championship before Sectional play begins next week. Such titles are worth some noise, as the Eagles hadn’t taken a divisional crown in girls basketball in 23 years.
“It was a big accomplishment for us, and the whole team is excited,” coach Carrie Owens said.
Cleveland Hill wrapped up the title on Wednesday night with a win over Holland, last year’s division champion. The Eagles outscored Holland in every quarter in an 81-57 win.
Team effort by Flyers
Maryvale has been on a nice roll in boys basketball lately, and the Flyers have been doing it the right way – with balanced scoring.
Maryvale won its third straight game on Friday afternoon, a 45-42 triumph over Lake Shore. Seven different players had points, but none were in double figures. The leader for the Flyers was Ted York-Brown, who had nine points.
“We play in a tough division, with Amherst, Cheektowaga, Depew and Pioneer,” Maryvale coach Mark Kensy said. “Everybody knocks each other off.
“Amherst is the head of the class this year, but Cheektowaga is not far behind.”
Maryvale is scheduled to be a 10th seed in the Sectionals, but its opponent has yet to be determined. Some coin flips will be needed as tiebreakers.
Sparks come alive
South Park seems to be peaking at the right time.
The Sparks, who suffered through 11 straight losses, have won two in a row. The second came Friday, a 72-56 triumph over MST Seneca. Shakur Harris and James Baker had 21 points each for South Park. Harris had eight assists, while Baker contributed 13 rebounds. Jequan Wilson led MST Seneca with 15 points.
South Park apparently will open its postseason on Tuesday at Hutch-Tech.
Klinko nets three
In boys hockey, the WNY Federation staged a couple of pre-quarterfinal games in its playoffs. Zak Klinko was one of the stars of the night.
Klinko had a hat trick as West Seneca West topped Sweet Home, 6-2. In the other game of the night, Grand Island was too much for Amherst in a 5-1 game.