Heinold breaks record
Friday night’s girls basketball results were highlighted by a couple of memorable individual performances.
It was a celebratory night for Immaculata. Jordan Heinold became the school’s all-time leading scorer, putting up 26 points in a 49-35 win over Pioneer in the opening round of the Pioneer Invitational.
Jordan went past her sister Taylor’s career record of 1,341 in the first half of the game. She took a moment to celebrate with her parents and other family members, and was said to be relieved to get it out of the way.
From there, Immaculata took control of the game. The Saints pulled away in the second half. Heinold hit 9 of 10 free throws to give her team a boost.
She was the only player in the game to score in double figures. Erika Wittmeyer led Pioneer with nine points.
In the other opening round game of the tournament, Lake Shore beat Mount Mercy, 67-53.
Meanwhile, Claire Wanzer had the biggest offensive game of her career as Amherst stopped Depew, 63-53. Wanzer scored 39 points.
The Tigers standout was 7 for 11 from three-point range, and 7 for 11 in two-point shots as well.
“Our team does a nice job of looking for her when the opportunities came,” coach Mike Chatelle said. “It was kind of a back-and-forth game. We were up, 17-3, and then it was tied, 28-28. She had 11 points in the third quarter, including three straight three-pointers.”
Wanzer also had six rebounds and six steals.
Schmidt closes in
Olivia Schmidt is edging closer to an impressive milestone. She scored 31 points as Holland defeated Cleveland Hill, 62-47. The No. 6 ranked team in the small schools poll improved to 10-1, 7-0 in ECIC IV play.
Schmidt now has 1,983 points in her career. She could go past 2,000 points in Holland’s next game, a Thursday night matchup with Tonawanda.
Schmidt and Alicia Massara went 6 for 6 from the free throw line to ice the game. Cleveland Hill’s Sydney Turley scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
Williamsville South downed Williamsville East, 58-48 in a matchup of ranked large schools. Brianna Neeley led the Billies with 21 points.
Olean improved to 11-0 as the No. 1 small school bounced Chautauqua Lake, 70-46. The Huskies set the tone by scoring 27 points in the first quarter to take a 17-point lead. Freshman Sara Pfeiffer had 24 points to lead Olean.
Molson hits 1,000
Takal Molson knew he had a chance to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career. So the St. Mary’s of Lancaster star made sure he would take care of business.
Molson scored 20 points in the first half and went on to net 32 as the Lancers beat Nichols, 71-33.
Molson hit the thousand mark with a second-half dunk. He earned a technical foul for spending a little extra time hanging on the rim, but no one connected with St. Mary’s (11-2) seemed to mind under the circumstances.
Speaking of big games, TC Brown certainly had one for Amherst. He piled up a triple-double – 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – as the Tigers routed Depew, 71-32. Amadi Ikpeze had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks for Amherst, ranked fourth in the News large school poll.
Meanwhile, I-Prep’s Davon Gant had a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 14 blocks in a 74-56 win over Maritime in the MLK Classic. In another game in that tournament, JFK topped City Honors, 52-41. Dalton Fischer had 15 points for the Bears.
Senior Jernard Jackson set a Lewiston-Porter school record with 50 points as the Lancers thumped Kenmore East, 89-56. Jackson also had eight steals and six assists. The old record was 44 points, set by Robbie Tyler six years ago.
Elsewhere, Walsh took charge of its game with Niagara Catholic in decisive fashion. The Eagles went on an amazing 31-0 run in the first half, and coasted to a 79-52 win. Tavien Kemp had six three-pointers during the decisive run.
Health Sciences, the No. 4 small school, moved to 10-2 with a 71-56 win over South Park. Jaylen Prophet had 22 points to lead the team, and three others were in double figures.