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High School Extra (Jan. 30): Park rebounds, Walsh plays well

Park pounds the boards

Park, ranked second among large schools in The Buffalo News poll, played like one of the best teams in the area Friday night. The Pioneers routed St. Francis, 71-26.

“We needed to work on our defense and we did,” coach Mike Battaglia said. “We significantly outrebounded them.”

Joe Jones led Park with 17 points, as all seven scorers for the Pioneers had at least five points. St. Francis fell into an early 24-6 hole after a quarter and couldn’t recover.

Walsh wastes no time

Archbishop Walsh, the No. 2 small school, was in good form in an 85-62 win over Cardinal O’Hara.

Walsh jumped out to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter. After a bit of a comeback by the Hawks, Walsh bounced back to take control.

“We shot it really well in the first quarter,” coach Andy Moore of Walsh said. “We kind of let them back in the game in the second quarter, but in the third quarter we really separated ourselves.

Tavien Kemp had 32 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Eagles. Adam Moore added 23 points, and Christian Churakos had 20.

Elsewhere, TC Brown led Amherst with 20 points as the Tigers downed East Aurora, 73-48. Amadi Ikpeze added 16 for the winners, who are ranked third among large schools.

Chris Nodine of Starpoint continues to pile up the points. He scored 33 – 25 in the first half – as his Spartans defeated Iroquois, 64-44.

Newfane closes with rush

In girls basketball, Newfane needed overtime to beat Albion, 50-43. Emily Blanchard of Albion scored with seven seconds left to send the game to the extra period, but Newfane finished on an 11-0 run. Paige Emborsky led the Panthers with 23 points.

In ECIC IV play, Olivia Schmidt had 21 points as Holland stayed unbeaten in its division with a 61-21 win over Eden.

Allison Forness of Allegany-Limestone scored 26 to reach 1,000 in her career, the fourth player from that school to reach the number. The Gators went on to a 73-29 win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

Dahnea Harrison broke the Lackawanna school record for three-pointers in a career in a 56-26 loss to Tonawanda. Harrison had eight on Friday to run her total to 135, topping the old mark of 129 by Jill Feldmeyer.

Legends win crown

Lancaster and West Seneca West met for the ECIC I wrestling title, and the Legends emerged from the battle of the unbeatens with a 44-24 win. Dante Walsh (138) had a pin in a minute, 10 seconds for Lancaster.