No. 2 Sharks top No. 4
No. 2 ranked Sacred Heart defeated No. 4 Williamsville South, 56-51, in a clash of ranked large school girls basketball powers. Sara Young had 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Sharks. Kathleen Ryan had 18 points while Micaela Ryan had 15 points including six of seven free throws and both her three-point tries. Danielle Hore had eight assists and five steals for Sacred Heart.
Senior Brianna Neeley led South with 18 points.
Clarence upset No. 8 Amherst, 54-45, behind a career-high 22 points by 6-foot-1 sophomore Carly Reynolds, who also had 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Claire Wanzer scored 14 for the losing Tigers.
“We played well for four quarters,” said Clarence coach Erin Booker. “Our free-throw shooting was good, we were 8 for 9 at the line in the fourth quarter and 14 for 19 for the game.”
Showdown set in N-O
It will be an early showdown in Niagara-Orleans girls basketball on Thursday when Wilson (9-1, 6-0 N-O) takes its 50-game league winning streak into the game at undefeated Newfane (11-0, 6-0 N-O) .
Each won a league game Monday night. Wilson triumphed 62-33 at Roy-Hart while Newfane was winning at home against Barker, 45-25.
Newfane has not won in the rivalry since sweeping Wilson, 47-17 and 41-32 in the 2006-07 season. Junior Rachel Senek had 16 points and Kayla Neumann 11 in Wilson’s victory Monday. Paige Emborsky had 19 points in Newfane’s win while sophomore Emily Foltz added five steals to bring her season total to 80.
Mikofsky reaches 1,000
Park School senior Seychelle Mikofsky scored her 1,000 career point for the Pioneers on Monday night in a 55-49 loss to Tapestry Charter. Mikofsky, who needed 16 points to reach 1,000, scored 18.
An Amherst resident, Mikofsky has been a Park student since third grade and is a leader both in the classroom and on the court. Ronni Nwora, a freshman, had 10 points for Park (3-5).
High scorer in the game was Tapestry’s Tatiana Smith, an eighth-grader. Smith had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nia Caver had 15 points, 18 rebounds and five steals for the Thunder Hawks (8-2).
Top 3 boys teams win
The top three-ranked large schools boys basketball were in action Monday night. No. 1 Canisius won at Niagara Catholic, 70-44, with 12 players contributing to the scoring. No. 2 Park edged the No. 3 small school, Walsh of Olean, 54-50, behind a 29-point performance by Jordan Nwora. No. 3 McKinley, blew the game open with a 22-point second-quarter in a 77-51 victory at Bennett. Avius Outlaw had 21 points for the Macks while Keyon Johnson had 15 points and Kesean Fisher 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Mike McDonald hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds to break a 57-all tie and Tony Robinson’s last second interception sealed a 60-58 victory for South Park over East in Yale Cup.