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High School Extra (Jan. 26): Martinsen leads Will East girls to OT win in top 10 battle; Jamestown boys win at Lancaster

Martinsen leads OT win

Erica Martinsen hit the tying basket with a jump shot with 12 seconds to go and Williamsville East went on to a 63-58 victory over visiting Lake Shore on Monday night. The Flames, ranked No. 6 in the latest News Large School poll improved to 12-2 overall and 8-2 in ECIC II. Lake Shore is ranked No. 5

Martinsen, a sophomore, had 35 points for the Flames. Nineteen of her points came in the fourth quarter and the overtime after she sat out most of the third quarter with foul trouble. Martinsen picked up her fourth foul 2½ minutes into the third period.

“It was an important win for us because we were missing Carly Shifflet, who is injured, and with people in foul trouble,” said East coach Chris Durr, whose team trailed by eight points with three minutes to go.

“I was happy that we did not give up and were able to come back like we did,” Durr said.

Ally Jozwiak opened the scoring for East in the overtime. Martinsen then hit one of her three three-point shots in the game. She then went 6 for 8 at the free-throw line to account for the rest of East’s scoring in the extra period.

Junior guard Raeann White led Lake Shore with 24 points, including three three-pointers. Eighth-grader Tashawni Cornfield had 16 for the Eagles (12-3, 6-3 ECIC II).

Jamestown wins in ECIC I

Jamestown (6-2) closed on the leaders in ECIC I with a hard-fought 54-49 victory Monday night at Lancaster (5-3).

The Red Raiders never trailed in the fourth quarter but had to survive a 7-0 run by the Legends to close the deficit to 45-41. Matt Hill hit a three to give the Red Raiders a little more cushion before a basket by Alex Konst made it 48-45. The visitors closed it out with clutch free-throw shooting by James Rojas and Hill.

Jamestown led 28-23 at the half after closing with a pair of three-point shots.

Rojas led the Red Raiders with 13 points. Hill and Luke Kindberg each scored 11 and Zacc Kinsey had 10. Joe Powers was high scorer for Lancaster with 16 points. Konst had 15.

No. 8 ranked Williamsville North (6-0) leads ECIC I. Jamestown is tied for the ninth spot with Cheektowaga in this week’s Buffalo News Large School poll.

Hamburg girls top Amherst

Camryn Sullivan of Amherst took the game to overtime with a jump shot with 2 seconds left in regulation, but Hamburg took over in the extra session for a 56-49 victory over the Tigers in a nonleague game between ranked teams in ECIC II and III. Hamburg, which is 5-3 in ECIC II, is ranked ninth in this week’s Large School poll. Amherst, 5-2 in ECIC III, is ranked third in the poll.

Anna Chiacchia led Hamburg with 28 points. She had eight points in the overtime, including 6 of 6 at the line. Chiacchia also had 12 rebounds and four steals.

Jane Chiacchia made both her free throws in the overtime as well.

Another standout for the Bulldogs was Katie Villarini, who scored 10 points, including 3 of 4 free throws in overtime, eight rebounds and five steals. Defensively, she helped hold Amherst star Claire Wanzer to 13 points.

No. 2 Sacred Heart got a warmup for its Wednesday showdown with No. 1 Cardinal O’Hara by rolling over Buffalo Seminary, 46-19. Sarah Young led the Sharks with 13 points and eight rebounds.

CCA to host tournament

Christian Central Academy will host the Houghton Academy Boys Christian Varsity Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday at the school, 39 Academy St., Williamsville.

On Friday, Houghton Academy will face Faith Heritage at 5 p.m. and CCA will meet North Star-V at 6:30. The consolation game will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday with the championship game scheduled for 1 p.m.

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