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High School Extra (Dec. 4): Brinker leads East Aurora

East Aurora girls basketball coach Gary Schutrum likes to play some bigger schools in December. It seems to be paying off now, and he hopes it will pay off come playoff time too.

The Blue Devils earned a nice 54-46 win over Lockport on Saturday. The victory came in the Wilson Showcase.

“We have a really tough schedule,” Schutrum said. “We play Orchard Park a couple of times. We like to play the bigger programs and push the kids a bit. We’ve made it a focus.”

Center Emma Brinker was a leader on Saturday, with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks. She’s already shown she’s one of Western New York’s best, and she has picked up her game.

“She’s playing with a more physical presence,” Schutrum said. “She is stronger. She’s also more willing to take the outside shot. She’s good from midrange, and that forces teams to play her out there so she can drive to the basket.”

In addition, Julianna Meisenheimer had 15 points. She is a fifth-year starter for East Aurora.

Elsewhere, Cardinal O’Hara’s weekend road trip got off to a great start. The Hawks defeated St. Anthony’s (Long Island), 69-66.

The Friars are one of the top teams in the state, a perennial powerhouse that is the defending champion in Class AA. They couldn’t stop the Hawks in the third quarter, as Cardinal O’Hara had a 22-8 advantage. St. Anthony’s made it interesting with a 20-9 fourth quarter but couldn’t catch the Hawks.

Cardinal O’Hara had a balanced attack, as Cori Dickson had 15 points, Angel Parker had 14, Anndea Zeigler finished with 13 and Cierra Harrison scored 11.

Marauders win second

St. Joe’s earned the championship of the Lockport Rotary Tournament. The boys’ basketball team knocked off Williamsville East, 57-43, to move to 2-0 for the season. Caleb Cockrell had 14 points to lead the Marauders, while Jack Capen had 11 points and eight rebounds. Sean Keenan had 14 points for the Flames.

Elsewhere, Tavien Kemp handled the scoring load for Walsh in a 54-52 win over Portville in the Adam Elliott Tournament. Kemp had 36 points with only one three-pointer to go with 11 rebounds and seven steals.

Nick Stein led Portville with 16 points.

Grand Island edged

There was snow in Plattsburgh on Saturday, which sounds like hockey weather. Grand Island’s road trip to Northern New York started there on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to X-Plattsburgh. Tomas Cecere and

Brandon Snyder scored for the Vikings. Grand Island moves on to play St. Lawrence on Sunday.

In Federation play, St. Joe’s defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 4-1. Jeremy Ienco had a goal and two assists for the Marauders.

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