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High School Extra (Nov. 28): Alden wins girls basketball opener

Starting point

If it’s after Thanksgiving, it must be time for high school basketball. Several teams are taking part in tournaments over the holiday weekend.

Alden got off to a good start in girls basketball in its own tournament. The Bulldogs took a 43-24 game over Olmsted. Cookie Altieri had 13 points for Alden, while Ann Kocher and Alyssa Kozak added eight points each. Brittany Higgs led all scorers with 16 points for Olmsted.

In the other semifinal game, Pembroke defeated St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 28-20. That means the consolation game between Olmsted and St. Mary’s will begin at 1:30 p.m., with Alden and Pembroke squaring off at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Maryvale knocked off Tonawanda, 31-22, in the opener of the Christian Central Tournament. Kelsey Cadwallader led the Flyers with 14 points. Next up is Grand Island, 58-50 winners over Christian Central. Kali Hausrath had 12 points for the Vikings.

A healthy beginning

Some of the boys teams worked off Thanksgiving dinner as well. Health Sciences was an easy winner over Global Concepts, taking a 94-40 decision. Tyrin Lott had 21 points for Health Sciences.

Those looking for a large dose of boys basketball on Saturday should head to Niagara Catholic, where its tournament, the CanAm Shootout, continues. Albion and St. Paul start things off at 5 p.m., CSAT goes up against St. Michael at 6:30 p.m., and the host school plays Ridley College at 8 p.m.

The Bob Hettler Tip-Off Classic starts Monday in Amherst; the Lions Club Tournament opens at Frontier Tuesday.