Welch hits for 45
Cheektowaga junior Dominic Welch scored a career-high 45 points Wednesday night in the Warriors’ 73-67 ECIC III basketball victory over visiting East Aurora.
After a 26-all first half, Cheektowaga took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter, only to have the Blue Devils pull to 66-64 late in the game.
Welch also had 11 rebounds and two steals for the Warriors, who trail first-place Amherst (4-0) and are tied with second place Maryvale at 3-1 in division play.
Welch’s previous scoring high was 42 points. He is averaging 33.7 points per game for the Warriors this season.
Brown leads Amherst
Amherst’s TC Brown filled the stat sheet in the Tigers’ 62-31 triumph over Maryvale to take sole possession of first place in ECIC III.
Brown hit six three-pointers on his way to a 25-point game. The senior also had seven rebounds, four assists and six steals. Amadi Ikpeze had eight points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots as he dominated in the paint for Amherst.
Ray Blackwell had nine points for Maryvale, which suffered its first league loss.
North tops Jamestown
Senior forward Maceo Jack led the way with 20 points as Williamsville North held off a fourth-quarter rally by Jamestown and defeated the host Red Raiders, 63-59, in ECIC I boys basketball.
North (6-5, 4-0 ECIC I) took sole possession of first in the division because Lancaster lost to Orchard Park. Jamestown fell to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in division play.
The Spartans took a 39-30 lead into the final period, but were outscored, 29-24, by the home team over the final eight minutes.
Sean Hill had 15 points and Anthony Maniscalco 14 for North. Junior James Rojas led Jamestown with 22 points while Zacc Kinsey had 16 and Noah Johnson 11.
Dylan Anderson had 16 points as Orchard Park defeated Lancaster, 67-58.
Schmidt leads Holland
In a nonleague game featuring two of the best girls basketball players in Western New York, Holland and Olivia Schmidt bested Jordan Heinold and Immaculata, 57-52, Wednesday night. Schmidt and Heinold each scored 27 points. Holland led, 28-25, at halftime with Schmidt scoring 14 points. Heinold had 11 points in the second quarter.
“They both played real well,” said Holland coach Daniel Parker, whose team has lost only to Franklinville in nine games. The Dutchwomen are ranked sixth in the Western New York small school poll and lead ECIC IV.
Elsewhere, freshman Caroline Zanghi recorded her seventh straight double-double with 18 points and 16 rebounds for St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a 41-27 Monsignor Martin win over Nardin.
Frosh leads hockey win
Emma Faso, a freshman from Clarence, scored four goals to lead Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence over Lancaster/Iroquois, 6-2, in a Western New York Girls Ice Hockey Federation game at Holiday Twin Rink.
Julia Mings and MacKenzie Georger also scored for the A/SH/C (2-3-1) while Chloe Cottone made 12 saves in goal.
Brianna Keppner and Jillian Blas scored for Lancaster/Iroquois (1-6).
Makayla Greenfield, a 5-foot-9 sophomore from Williamsville East, was named to the CBS MaxPreps Underclass All-American Volleyball team for 2015. Greenfield, a setter, was one of 22 sophomores named to the All-American squad. Twenty-one juniors and 21 freshmen were also named.