Lancaster beats Jamestown
Lancaster ended a 36-game losing streak to Jamestown by beating the Red Raiders on their homecourt 52-49 on Thursday night in ECIC I boys basketball.
Joe Powers scored 15 points, nailing three three-pointers, while Alex Konst added 13 as the Legends improved to 4-0 on the season by beating the defending Section VI Class AA champions.
Caver, Tapestry sink Arts
Nia Caver capped a perfect day at the free-throw line by hitting the game-winning shot with no time left as her free throw enabled Tapestry to beat Buffalo Arts, 56-55, in a nonleague girls basketball game.
Caver, who scored 18 of her game-high 28 points in the second half, was fouled attempting a shot at the buzzer. She also grabbed 14 rebounds and made eight steals.Her free throw completed a comeback in the final minute as eighth-grader Tatiana Smith scored the game-tying basket with 40 seconds left. Smith finished with 16 points.
Taplin nets milestone
Ericka Taplin surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone in leading Williamsville North to a 58-33 win over Orchard Park.
Taplin poured in 21 points to take game scoring honors and also grabbed 12 rebounds. The senior now has 1,010 points for her career.
Elsewhere, defending state Class A champion Williamsville South (1-2) earned its first win of the season, beating Lake Shore (3-1), 41-33, in a rematch of last year’s sectional final. Seventh-grader Amari DeBerry recorded 17 points, 12 boards and six blocks, while Brianna Neeley had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Newfane edges NT in OT
Newfane escaped North Tonawanda with a 47-45 overtime win as the Panthers scored three points in the final 10 seconds to pull out the win. Emily Foltz made a layup to give unbeaten Newfane (4-0) a 46-45 lead. After a stop on defense, Paige Emborsky added a free throw with six seconds left for the final margin. Emborsky led all scorers with 18 points.
Two games with Cheektowaga and Kenetria Redfern is still averaging more than 40 points. The Christian Central transfer flirted with a quadruple-double Thursday night as the Warriors crushed Eden, 78-36, in ECIC IV. Redfern finished with 39 points, 12 steals, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Ranya Rumph added 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 steals.
NT, Williamsville skate to wins
North Tonawanda (3-1) won its cross-division boys hockey game against Niagara Falls, 8-5, as Curtis Vivian recorded five points, including three goals, while Spencer Scalise had two goals and two assists.
In girls hockey, Jenna Woods’ second goal of the game with 5 minutes left off an Amanda Gaffney assist lifted unbeaten Williamsville (4-0) to a 2-1 win over Frontier/Orchard Park.