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High School Extra (Dec. 17): Martinsen leads Will East; I-Prep wins opener

Martinsen leads Flames

Williamsville East (3-0, 2-0 ECIC II) was a different basketball team with sophomore Erica Martinsen out of the lineup Wednesday against division rival Iroquois.

In their first league game at home, the Flames jumped to a 17-4 first-quarter lead. However, when Martinsen picked up her third foul and went to the bench in the first minute of the second period, the visiting Chiefs took advantage. They won the second quarter, 24-4, and went to halftime with the lead, 28-23.

Martinsen returned in the third quarter and scored 17 of her 33 points as the Flames took control again, 49-41, and closed out a 63-52 victory. Martinsen was 6 for 6 at the free-throw line to help nail down the victory.

“Iroquois played a great game and we were missing two kids, one with a concussion and one due to illness,” said East coach Chris Durr. “We had kids playing out of position and we just had to manage the game.”

Martinsen has 100 points in the Flames’ first three games for a 33.3 average. The total includes 17 three-point baskets, five in Wednesday’s victory.

Also in ECIC II, Jadyn Jones (13), Raeann White (10) and Tashawni Cornfield (10) scored in double figures as Lake Shore (4-1, 2-1 ECIC II) defeated West Seneca East, 54-18. The Eagles led 35-7 at the half. … Anna Chiacchia had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Heather Haberman had 12 points and eight boards for Hamburg (4-1, 2-0 ECIC II) in a 53-42 triumph over visiting Sweet Home. Jahaira Caminero had 22 points for the losing Panthers.

I-Prep wins opener

With three starters and a key reserve back from the team that reached the state Class D semifinals last season, International Prep seems to be in good shape to defend its Yale Cup League 2 championship.

Coach Shaunessy Ryan’s Presidents opened defense of their league title Wednesday with a 55-46 triumph over MST Seneca. The outcome was in question with I-Prep holding a 40-36 lead going into the fourth quarter. Then the Presidents created some cushion.

“We lost one big piece from last year,” Ryan said referring to Terrance James, “but we have some players.” Those “players” include Davon Grant, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday’s victory. Another was guard Daniel Santiago, who had 11 points. Two other holdovers from last year’s team, Zack Bashir and Jeffrey Townsel, had eight points each. Santiago had seven steals, five in the second half.

“I haven’t seen all the teams in our league, but I’m sure somebody will give us a run for our money,” Ryan said.

Lafayette streak ends

In other Yale Cup League 2 games:

Miyaga Miyaga of Lafayette scored 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Violets over City Honors, 55-31. It was a huge victory for coach Patrick Foster’s team because Lafayette went 0-12 in league play last season.

Eugenio Viera had 17 points, six steals and four assists for the winners.

Ryan Langhorne and Amir Radford each scored 13 for the losing Centaurs.

Justin Acker scored 24 and Jason Dowell had 20 points as Emerson opened its league schedule with a 79-48 win over da Vinci.

Williamsville icers win

Jenna Woods and Amanda Gaffney each scored to give Williamsville (5-0) a 2-1 victory over Lancaster/Iroquois in a Western New York Girls Hockey Federation game at Holiday Rinks. The Lancaster/Iroquois goal tied the game on a five-on-three power play. Williamsville had a 39-8 advantage in shots on goal.

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